Editor: I continue to be disheartened by the pervasive belief that there is only one "good" way to play a sport, i.e., the men's way ["It's Coming to a Head," June 14]. Women's lacrosse is just the most current victim of this demeaning attitude, which shames female athletes into feeling second rate.
The fact of the matter is that the women's game is different, but rather than celebrate its uniqueness -- which centers around a code of ethical conduct critical to safe play -- an increasing number of coaches have chosen to replace (rather than complement) that "female" core with the overly aggressive philosophy of the men's model, because that is the model which is valued by society in general. The sports pages of any newspaper in America confirm and reinforce this attitude on a daily basis. Thankfully, the Sunday magazine sections are a trifle