COP Interview

I had the following discussion a few weeks ago while researching my paper topic with Harry Greenhouse, a good friend of mine, seeker/chaser for University of Maryland, and one of the most prominent players in the game currently. I chose to talk with Harry about this topic because Harry is a player that I have a great deal of respect for and someone that I consider to be very well informed on the state of things in the IQA as very eloquent and opinionated. He was very direct and knew exactly what he wanted to say on the matter, so rather than ask him a specific set of questions, I sort of just let him go and directed the conversation off of what he had for me.

Harry Greenhouse
hey allie

1:08am
Allie Nelson
sup

1:08am
Harry Greenhouse
do you need opinions on the smith college situation

1:08am
Allie Nelson
yes please!

1:08am
Harry Greenhouse
sweet!
i gotta good one
It is unfortunate for the girls of Smith College to not be able to compete in the IQA as an all-girls team. However, it is impossible for them to be allowed to play without abiding to the gender rule
as the gender rule states, a team must have 2 of the minority gender on the field at all times
this keeps the sport co-ed which is one of the main values of the sport
As much sympathy as i give Smith, The IQA is making the correct choice and not letting them compete
letting Smith compete with an all girls team is unfair because it is clearly against one of the main rules in quidditch which is the gender rule. this rule is neccessary to keep the sport co-ed and if Smith cannot meet it then they shouldnt be able to play
The IQA cannot budge on this one just because it is an allgirls team
under the notion that an all girls team cannot compete
that is sexist in itself, and the IQA works to make sure it stands for equality
as well if an all girls team was allowed to play then the sport would allow also all male teams due to the fact that the IQA would need to keep the situation fair for male teams
This would lead to the downfall of quidditch as a coed sport
all male teams would obviously effect how the game was played and the the outcome of some games, causing other teams to go down that path as well
whether a team is all male or all female they cannot play no matter how good or bad they are because it breaks the gender rule which is in place for the sole purpose as to make sure the sport is co-ed
which is one of the best parts of quidditch
It is unfortunate for Smith but the IQA must stand by their decision or the sport will lose its coed nature
and as well Smith is being sexist and falsely accusing the IQA of being sexist
so overall, the IQA must remain with their decision and the gender rule
DONE

1:16am
Allie Nelson
thanks!

1:16am
Harry Greenhouse
no prob
i hope that help-ps

1:16am
Allie Nelson
that was thorough
no yeah it definitely does

1:17am
Harry Greenhouse
its supposed to be thorough and i was trying to make a strong argument

1:17am
Allie Nelson
you definitely did
I appreciate it

1:17am
Harry Greenhouse
no problem
where do you stand on this?

1:20am
Allie Nelson
honestly, I haven’t decided yet. I think both sides offer some really good argument. on one hand, the whole point of the gender rule is to better include females, and this new rule is telling a lot of females that they can’t play. but on the other hand, I also really agree about how eventhough all male teams don’t exist it does leave that possibility and I agree that the co ed nature of the sport is important

1:20am
Allie Nelson
I might just flip a coin for this paper

1:21am
Harry Greenhouse
well honestly, im telling you for this paper and for th IQA
the only ruling is to keep it coed
if they allow this team
coed will die
the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

1:22am
Allie Nelson
this is true
like yesterday I was totally pro smith
but I’ve done a lot of reading in the past 24 hours
and listening to opinions
and I’m a lot closer to pro iqa presently

1:23am
Harry Greenhouse
its easy to side with them in the beginning because its easy and it sounds like the iqa is just being assholes to them
but Smith’s petition and the way theyre acting is bad
and theyre lying and being decietful

1:23am
Allie Nelson
are they? damn

1:23am
Harry Greenhouse
i read their petition
its full of lies about the IQA and its very sexist
like just saying an all girls team is no threat to any team
is sexist
it makes girls seem worse and less improtant and usefull
and as good as players as guys
but id argue girls are some of the most vital parts
and i know some girls who are better than most guys
example erin mallory

1:25am
Allie Nelson
erin mallory is a bamf

1:25am
Harry Greenhouse
exactly

1:25am
Allie Nelson
swoolsey is a bamf

1:25am
Harry Greenhouse
erin is one of our top goal scorers
also a bamdf

1:25am
Allie Nelson
i bet

1:26am
Harry Greenhouse
but thats my point
what theyre saying as a point is sexist
so even though its unfortuante for them
the IQA cant do anything for them
they must keep gender rule for all teams to keep the integrity of the league and to remain coed

1:27am
Allie Nelson
dang you should write speeches

1:27am
Harry Greenhouse
haha thanks
i think i can be very eloquent when i want to
ive done sports speeches before
plus im a teacher so i know how to address a crowd

1:28am
Harry Greenhouse
especially when it comes down to things im passionate

1:28am
Harry Greenhouse
about

1:28am
Harry Greenhouse
and im passionate about quidditych

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I think it went really well. I was originally on one side of the argument, but Harry completely changed that initial bias. My paper was definitely reformed by this interview that my entire viewpoint shifted to the other side of the argument because of my discussion with Harry. He was very persuasive in his arguments and he introduced me to some sides of the argument that I was not aware of or had not considered. Harry did a great job of affirming that even though the IQA doesn’t always make the best call, yes, the IQA really had made the right call in this specific situation. As he said, “the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many”. After hearing Harry’s argument, I really do believe that allowing a gender rule exception to single sex institution opens up far too much leeway for a divide between men and women in the game. I learned a lot about how Harry values the balance between the male and female genders in the sport that we both play, love, and are passionate about. He brought up examples of some spectacular female players on his own team and their influence on how the game is played. As a feminist, it’s really nice to hear someone speak so highly of their female teammates. I think the quidditch community has some really talented female players and I can’t imagine removing that coed dynamic. Quidditch is such a unique sport in which the women aren’t removed or separated from the men, and are therefore offered the same oppurtunities to develop their skills and shine. And that’s something that Harry and I both is pretty incredible. It was a relatively brief discussion, but I feel that Harry did a really good job of clearly outlining everything he could possibly say on the matter. He was a big help.

I think it went really well. I was originally on one side of the argument, but Harry completely changed that initial bias. My paper was definitely reformed by this interview that my entire viewpoint shifted to the other side of the argument because of my discussion with Harry. He was very persuasive in his arguments and he introduced me to some sides of the argument that I was not aware of or had not considered. Harry did a great job of affirming that even though the IQA doesn’t always make the best call, yes, the IQA really had made the right call in this specific situation. As he said, “the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many”. After hearing Harry’s argument, I really do believe that allowing a gender rule exception to single sex institution opens up far too much leeway for a divide between men and women in the game. I learned a lot about how Harry values the balance between the male and female genders in the sport that we both play, love, and are passionate about. He brought up examples of some spectacular female players on his own team and their influence on how the game is played. As a feminist, it’s really nice to hear someone speak so highly of their female teammates. I think the quidditch community has some really talented female players and I can’t imagine removing that coed dynamic. Quidditch is such a unique sport in which the women aren’t removed or separated from the men, and are therefore offered the same oppurtunities to develop their skills and shine. And that’s something that Harry and I both is pretty incredible. It was a relatively brief discussion, but I feel that Harry did a really good job of clearly outlining everything he could possibly say on the matter. He was a big help.

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