Yes, for brevity I deleted this sentence: Sports in which women excel over men, such as gymnastics, ice skating etc ARE watched (when they are shown in Olympics or Commonwealth games).
So the answer may be not to try to make women try to do sports that have evolved as men's games but to do sports which they (for the most part) can do better than males (for the most part) can do.
I hope this is not PI because it is very easy to put a foot wrong in these matters. And again, this is not anything against WEFC.
I think you are missing my point AT. I think women's and men's sports are different. They can have the same rules and play on the same courts but they are played in a different way.
I much prefer watching women's basketball to men's because I like the fact that it is played in the half court rather than just in the key. I like there is more strategy involved in terms of creating the opening to score. Men's basketball is played almost solely in the air with a pass to the person over seven foot closest to the ring.
I used to much prefer women's tennis as they had long rallies, the men used to serve and play one ot two more strokes and it was all over. Men's tennis now, is a completely different sport and I now prefer men's tennis as it is more tactical and strategic.
The sports you mention Ice Skating and Gymnasitcs are different for men and women anyway, they have different components in gymnastics, and different requirements in ice skating.
I see women's football developing like women's basketball and it will be a different game.
In the women's match I saw, I thought the tackling was fantastic, maybe because it is harder to shrug out of it due to a) no one has learnt the bend knees drop a la Selwood, or more likely b) women have a different body shape.
Problem is men often look at women's sport as an inferior version of the men's product, instead of looking at it as a different game with different skills and therefore different tactics and strategies.
Once that happens we really will have equality.