U.S. Open Male Tennis Players Receive Unequal Treatment

At the U.S. Open Tennis tournament in Flushing, New York, when the heat rule is in effect, it means:

  • The female players are allowed a 10-minute break under an umbrella in between second and third sets.

  • The male players are allowed medical time-outs for heat-related illnesses.

In other words, the women, who are of course also allowed what the men are allowed, are given preventative treatment in the form of a break, while the men are given nothing — not even a measly 5-minute break — unless they first become ill.

The illness, of course, is usually heat-stroke, which can be lethal if not promptly arrested. It may render a player too sick to continue, thus reducing his pay (prize money). The women’s preventative treatment helps increase their pay.

“Women being physically smaller gives them an advantage in tolerating hot and humid conditions (see e.g. this study of runners).”

In addition to receiving unequal preventative health treatment, the men, in this and other major tournaments, must perform 33 percent more work to receive pay equal to the women’s (unequal work for equal pay): they must play the best of five sets compared to the women’s best of three. This exposes them to the heat for a much longer period and dramatically raises their risk of incurring a heat-related illness for which they are treated only after the fact.

But the men, likely intimidated into silence by the feminist canard “men have the power,” won’t utter a single word of protest. Men in general are as timid about asking for gender equality as black Americans were about asking for racial equality before the 1960s. (See “Why Few Men Protest Antimale Sexism.”)

See the related “Tennis Reveals Dishonesty of Feminist Beliefs.”

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