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Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Your Take?

  There has been some international do-gooder outrage as some outlets revealed that there was a prizefight involving a 7 and 8 year old girl in Australia.

  The kickboxing bout involved Jasmine Parr, the 8 year old daughter of kickboxing great John Wayne Parr against 7 year old Georgina 'Punchout' Barton, the daughter of another Aussie champ. The 2 girls, wearing headgear, gloves, and leg guards, had it out before the fight was declared a draw and the girls each collected a small prize of around $100.

  As news of the bout hit print, many ladies expressed outrage and demanded that the parents and fight promoters be arrested, while most male commenters stated that it wasn't such a big deal.

  Well, I'm going to side with the boys on this one, and here's why. Kids engage in all kinds of sports, and some do engage in martial arts. The girls were wearing appropriate-sized protective gear and were supervised in a formal match. It's not like it was a backyard fight or anything. Moreover, if they were boys, nobody would be saying a word- boys play rugby, football, and hockey at the same age as these girls- they even enjoy contact martial arts bouts. But they're girls, and they're supposed to be paraded around like those little victims on Toddlers in Tiaras aren't they?

  I personally think that the nannies need to lay off, but I may be wrong here. What do you parents think of 2 girls being involved in a kickboxing fight? Are you down with it or not? Should CPS step in or is it up to the parents and kids to decide for themselves? And does the gender of the combatants make any difference as to your position?

  Let me hear it.

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