Hey sports dudes, what’s your problem with women?
What have you got against women’s sport, or women playing “men’s” sports or even women broadcasters who dare to commentate on sport?
A letter being tweeted by a sports blog today, along with the nasty comments on many recent stories about women in sport, shine a light on the question “why all the females-in-sport rage?”.
The blog Sportette, run by Channel 9 Brisbane’s sports anchor Sam Squiers, has had plenty of retweets for a piece in which Squiers answers a sexist rocket of a letter a viewer sent her network.
He wrote: “Why are your sports programs inundated and now dominated by women? This year is particularly amazing, The Footy Show, Wide World of Sports, presenters etc ad infinitum.
“Women’s football is available for ladies to play, that’s why it’s called ‘women’s football’ versus ‘men’s football’. Scope is limited for women to commentate on their gender-specific game as it does not rate for television … Women on the panel if you must, but not in charge!”
He wants a gender divide: “There are many sportsmen who are more capable and would be much more talented to listen to. Their reporting, comments and opinions carry much more weight as they have been there and done that and had experiences on the field that entertain when recalled.”
He “dreads to think” of what will happen in 2017 when “we might have women calling the game if you continue to think you need to be so anti-discriminatory”.