Boxing is a form of fighting in which two people, usually wearing boxing gloves and protective gear, throw punches at each other with the goal of driving each other back and down to the ground.
It’s considered the ultimate sport for a man who wants to prove his strength and masculinity.
The Modern time and Boxing
The modern rules for boxing were set by the Marquess of Queensberry in 1865, but even before that, there were many unwritten rules. One very important rule was about women: they couldn’t fight in public because it wasn’t considered ‘ladylike’. Only men could step into that ring, no matter how much women such as Ann Field (1711-1785) tried to fight their way through. Women weren’t allowed to box, the only time they could fight as if their life depended on it. The first rule about ‘no women allowed’ was introduced in 1881, when boxing’s popularity increased even more after the legendary fight between James J. Corbett and John L. Sullivan.
Boxing is still very masculine today, but there are some exceptions. Chantal Ughi started boxing at age 14 to prove that girls can do anything boys can do as well. Her parents were against the idea but she didn’t listen to them back then and now she is considered one of the best female boxers in history, winning four world championships and three Olympic medals (including gold for Canada in 2012). There are few examples like her, but this doesn’t mean women’s boxing is popular. On the contrary: according to boxrec.com there were only 545 registered professional female boxers in the world as of September 2013 and that number has not changed much since then, even though we’re in 2015!
It is very unlikely that women’s boxing will become a part of the Olympic games anytime soon, not because they can’t fight but because it wouldn’t be ‘lady like’. So where did this idea originate from?
When did proper ladies start acting so unfeminine?
Boxing was considered unmanly for a long time, but eventually it became an acceptable male activity. Girls weren’t allowed to do what boys could do until recently. And if you think about how fast feminism spread through Western countries, it is safe to say that we still have a lot of catching up to do.
Boxing became relatively popular in the 19th century and since then its popularity has never waned. If you want to become more masculine just start boxing right away! It will do miracles for your body and mind.
What does boxing mean for women?
Boxing was seen as a very unfeminine thing, not ladylike at all. But now a lot of people think it’s a really great way for girls to stay fit.” – Nicola Adams , British boxer and olympic gold medalist, on learning how to box
First, let me put this out there: if you’re considering getting into boxing because you want to lose weight or stay fit – don’t do it. If your goal is strictly to lose a few pounds, any other sport would be better suited. Boxing won’t help you shed those extra 10lbs, but it will improve your mental health and help you understand yourself better . Boxing is not meant for ‘vanity seekers’, so if that’s why you’re getting into it – stop right now!
Boxing improves the following attributes: strength, speed, courage, alertness, endurance , self-esteem and also helps with anxiety and depression . The more punches a person takes during a fight the more confidence they gain afterwards. So if someone felt powerless before going into a boxing ring – they feel empowered after finishing the fight.