Hot Take: Dodgeball Is A Tool Of Oppression For Dehumanization Or Something

The researchers are probably the people picked last in school and the ones always getting pelted with the balls

(Washington Post) One of gym classes’ most common games is being used as a tool of “oppression,” according to a team of Canadian researchers.

Dodgeball in phys-ed classes teaches students to dehumanize and harm their peers, professors from three Canadian universities said in a presentation this week at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver. A paper on the subject is set to appear in the journal European Physical Education Review.

“When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s okay to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there,” Joy Butler, a professor who studies pedagogy and curriculum development at University of British Columbia, said in a phone interview.

“When students think it’s okay because they’re being told it’s okay to do that, what do they learn? People say [dodgeball] is being used as an outlet for aggression or catharsis. I suspect that this is where they’re learning that.

Researchers observed the more athletic and authoritative students in the class established rules and practices without input from other students, including creating their own teams, which allowed them to gang up on other students.

ZOMG, they’re learning real life? The Horror!

Gym classes are largely centered around games, she said, which is can be great, but can also exclude students with different strengths.

“If one thing were to come out of this it would be for P.E. teachers to look at their curriculums and look for balance,” she said. “And that could mean dropping games and including other activities: outdoor education, fitness, gymnastics, aquatics.”

That’s at the end, and something I can agree with. Really, dodgeball is a game, and a violent one, that most kids like playing, but, does it really help with physical education and getting more fit? Not really. Which is why it was rarely played. It’s something that the gym teacher trots out once in a blue moon. Do they really need dodgeball? Nope. But, really, the point of the article is basically Barking Moonbat Category 5.

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17 Responses to “Hot Take: Dodgeball Is A Tool Of Oppression For Dehumanization Or Something”

  1. david7134 says:

    Dodgeball was my favorite in gym, I never got enough of it. But in the 50’s, the dear liberal were after the sport then and we were prevented from playing it. That is as long as the coach was around.

  2. Joe says:

    If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball! Patches O’ Houlihan

  3. Kye says:

    They don’t really care about dodge ball. It was just their way of getting the camel’s nose under the phys. ed. tent and it worked. If they cared about violent games they would eliminate football, soccer, hockey and lacrosse. As usual they’re liars just trying to inject communist “equity” into sports. Everybody gets a “participation trophy” and nobody has hurt feelings because they suck. It gives them more time to teach the non-science that a beating heart and DNA do not mean it’s human, there are many sexes and even more races. Besides, instead of wasting time on dodge ball these little pinkos should be figuring out ways to tax working people and companies for glow ball warming. Perhaps a $7,500 per year tax on non-electric cars to offset the $7,500 tax credit for buying electric cars.

  4. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. — Patches O’Houlihan

    And Kye sees a veritable Matryoshka doll of conspiracies!

  5. Tim says:

    If they think Dodge ball is bad, they should have gone to my high school, we had slaughter ball. Only played on the coldest days in the gym using those hard brown kick balls and soccer balls. The object was to slaughter the wimpiest kids with the balls and raise big red welts on any exposed skin which wearing gym shorts and t-shirts left exposed in mass.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      No wonder the “wimpy” kids show up with guns and shoot up the schools.

      • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

        Also cowardly grownup black muslim men who shoot up their workplace and murder coworkers. See Virginia Beach shootings. It was in the “news” briefly.

      • formwiz says:

        Funny how most of them come from Lefty movements like Goth.

        But then the Lefties cultivated the Grievance Machine. They got what they wanted.

        Notice when white people ran the country (like they still don’t) there weren’t any mass shootings.

        That all started with the 70s.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          There’s little funny about the rampant right-wing violence fluxing through America. Oppressors do not give up their privilege without a fight.

          • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

            Yet blacks commit twice as many felony mass shootings as whites (50.49 percent versus 22.33 percent).

          • formwiz says:

            I dunno, it’s funny you try to make a movement out of something that isn’t there

            Which rampant right-wing violence fluxing through America do you mean? If it were there, the Fake News would be all over it. As it is, even Fake News has had to admit the lack of violence since we went from a mulatto Mussolini to a real American.

            Oppressors do not give up their privilege without a fight.

            OK, that explains Antifa and BLM.

  6. BW says:

    Friday was always dodgeball day in gym, just another reason friday was every kids favorite day

  7. Professor Hale says:

    If they are “researching” dodge ball and oppression, they aren’t serious researchers. Just grabbing some research cash after all the good topics were taken. This is the problem with sociology. It’s not a real science, but they have to pretend it is. The research market can only bear so many studies about the effects of alcohol on college women (aka, “using funded research to pay for getting girls drunk”). And yet all those PHD candidates need to research SOMETHING to do their dissertations. But also, such research is irrelevant since it doesn’t matter to anyone if they are wrong about their conclusions. No one will ever be “made better” by their ability to associate dodge ball with oppression.

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