The systemic injustice I am going to talk about is the one from my most recent systemic post, the difference in weight rooms between the women that made the NCAA March Madness tournament and the men that made the tournament. There is going to be a picture in this post comparing the two. Just to touch base, and go over again what is going on. There is a video that went viral from a women NCAA athlete showing the two weight rooms and showing the huge difference between them both, with the women just have a set of 12 dumbbells while the men had a full set gym to have a workout in. I will go over both main arguments from both sides, the people on the side of women deserving more equipment are making the argument, that the women collegiate athletes or just women in general in any athletic scenario can compete with the same level male athletes. The other side of the argument is that men bring in $800 million every season, while the women lose an estimated $14 million in revenue every season. The morally right thing is to use some of the extra money the men bring in on the women so they can get more advanced things, but the argument that the women did not earn it is the argument mainly thrown out there, which is not right for the way we want society to head.
Something this can relate to in our class is Satrapi’s goals in Persepolis. A quote that we went over in our class from Satrapi is, “The only thing I hope is that people will read my book and see that this abstract thing, this Axis of Evil, is made up of individuals with lives and hopes”. They way I take this quote is that people form the “Axis of Evil” through their own individualist ideals and their personal hopes. That is why the women get a lower grade weight room than the men, because they do not see any benefit in it for them, because they do not get national attention and bring in the same money as men, as a society it should be that we are trying to help one another out not bring one another down.
The YouTube link I have attached is a more recent video going over the whole situation and showing the women’s new weight room. It was nice for them to get a whole new weight room but it should have just been this way from the get go. The NCAA directors try to act like a group of people that want to get rid of any systemic injustices in their system but then they go and let something like this happen, it is ridiculous and uncalled for.