Mature Christian Identity?

Accomplished Fighter Amanda Leve Not Allowed On School Wrestling Team Because She Is A Girl

Amanda Leve is a 16-year old junior at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Sensing an opportunity to increase her chances of getting a scholarship for college, she decided to try out for the school’s wrestling team, figuring her years of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu would make her a shoo-in by any reasonable standards.

Naturally, the school said no.

Yet despite all of her fighting accomplishments, her high school won’t let her join the wrestling team. She is not allowed to join the team because, according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, gender differences play a vital role in the development of a mature Christian identity. Allowing a female to join a male wrestling team could compromise that gender identity development.

What do you even say to something like this?  What do they think is going to happen?  Clearly she’s developed her own sense of identity, and the last time I checked, I didn’t see any bible passages mentioning anything about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one way or the other.  Maybe they think all of that fighting is going to make her a lesbian?  I know they already have horribly misinformed ideas on hormonal birth control, so it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that they’re laboring under the delusion that fixing cars, playing Call of Duty, and spending your adolescence learning how to beat the crap out of people will somehow affect who you’re wired to desire sexually.  After all, they sure as hell don’t think it’s something you’re born with.  Or are they worried that the boys on the team will be too distracted with a girl in their ranks, possibly leading them into temptation and sin?  Wouldn’t that make them happy to know that all of the guys are getting hot and bothered over her … safe in the knowledge that none of them are gay?  I mean, come on … homosexuality is the most important issue of modern Christianity, isn’t it?  [/s]

Amanda Leve: foul temptress or lesbian in the making? We’re just not sure.

The school also tried to legitimize their stance by claiming this was also an issue of safety

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia tells FOX 29 wrestling is a full contact sport open to boys only and this rule is in place to make sure the sport is safe for everyone who participates.

… but it might help them to know that for the last two years, she’s been grappling with members of the opposite sex two weight classes heavier than her, and she clearly knows how to handle herself in the situations she’d find herself in while on the wrestling team.

The archdiocese is going to meet in April to discuss whether to allow girls on their wrestling team … at which point the season will be over.  If they finally do make a decision, it will mean that she may be able to join during her senior year.  In the meantime, she’ll just keep participating in private competitions where there’s less worry about what it means to have a girl in with the guys, and its inevitable implications for her sexuality.

The a video for some of her matches:

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8 Responses to Mature Christian Identity?

  1. I think one of the boys had tears in his eyes when Ms. Leve had him in a choke hold. In all seriousness, if I were the school principal, I’d say no to girls on the wrestling team, too. If I were her mom, I’d say no. If I were the mom of the boy wrestling her, I’d say no. Instead, I’d encourage her to start her own female team there at school.

    • I agree, but I think in this situation there may not have been enough girls to get an independent team going and this might have been the “easier” route … especially considering her experience to date. I’m guessing, though.

    • Erin W says:

      I’m genuinely curious as to your reasons why. I went to a public high school, so Title VII required them to allow girls join the boys’ teams in this sort of situation. We had at least one girl on the wrestling team in the time I was there, and one on the ice hockey team. I don’t remember this ever causing any problems.

      As far as making a team up from several schools, this is the Catholic school system, so they’d have a limited pool to work from even then. And I don’t know that they’d have any girls’ teams in the area to wrestle against, which would land them back at square one.

    • If I were her mom, I’d say no. If I were the mom of the boy wrestling her, I’d say no.

      I missed this the first time around for some reason. Are you uneasy about letting them interact like this?

  2. What amazes me is that if you really look at wrestling – with all that grappling – wouldn’t it be safer for the boys’ sexuality to grapple with a girl? At least then they wouldn’t be gay, right? I mean, in their minds anyway.

    • Exactly!! What’s more homoerotic than wearing tight clothes, rolling around on the ground with another guy, and pinning them down to the floor? You think they’d welcome the chance for some good, clean opposite-sex grappling, the way God wanted in, like, Genesis or something.

      • I know the first time I saw wrestling I was thinking – should I be seeing this? Not because it looked homoerotic, but just because I figured they should be doing that in private, ya know? Unreal.

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