Straight Outta Competition: Ronda Rousey

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By Rica Wiersema

We live in an era where the word “impossible” is being used less and less with every coming day. Equal rights between people of all kinds have been demanded, then fought for, and in many cases, won. In fact, there is really only one form of segregation still standing in most of the world today, and that is the boundary that exists between the sexes. With the exception of the department store Target, which has foregone gender-specific labels on their clothing lines (to the confusion of some customers and the appreciation of others), most public organizations have opted to keep men and women separated when it comes to things like merchandise, restrooms… and sports.

That is, until recently, when prominent female athletes like Ronda Rousey have expressed willingness — even eagerness — to compete with their male counterparts. After notable male boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. admitted in 2014 that he had no idea who Rousey was, the female Mixed-Martial Arts champion publicly announced that she thought herself capable of defeating him in a no-holds-barred brawl…



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