Before we delve into anything, I want to say that this is not meant to be a “wah-wah, life is hard”-type article. This is a general brain dump regarding a controversial issue that is, for the record, preposterously controversial: females in the sports industry.
How in the world is this still an issue?
I hate to break it to the misogynists out there who haven’t evolved from caveman times and who believe that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, that women exist only to serve men, but it’s not, and we don’t. We’re our own people, with our own thoughts and opinions and needs and wants, and guess what? Yours aren’t any better or more superior than ours.
Sports has always been a male-oriented industry. From the field to the front offices, from the sidelines to the broadcast booths, it’s a man’s world. There’s a precedent, and that’s fine. But every single day, women who love sports and want to have a career in the field are pushing to break that mold, to make it a sports world, with no gender assigned to it.
We women are not trying to threaten the men in the field or steal their jobs. We’re just trying to establish ourselves in our careers. What is so wrong with that?
When a male advances in the industry, he’s lauded and showered with praise. When a female does, it’s automatically assumed that it’s because of her looks or because she’s slept with someone important. That stigma is, pardon my French, fucking bullshit. Sure, a pretty face gets a person somewhere (just like handsome men who may not be experts will be put on the air before an expert who isn’t deemed handsome by society’s terms), but it doesn’t get them far.
It’s unbelievably unfair that smart women who work their asses off, who work just as hard as their male peers (if not harder), are constantly questioned and even attacked (via social media or what have you) just because they’re women. I know this happens in many, many industries and workplaces, not just in sports, but as a woman trying to advance in sports, I relate closest to that field. And it’s just disgusting.
I don’t know why some men are so against women being interested in sports, or why they’re so quick to assume that a female only likes a team because she thinks the players are attractive. Are they threatened? If that’s the case, isn’t it just a little pathetic that these men would rather listen to or read another man’s commentary on sports just because he’s a man and not necessarily because he’s more knowledgeable on the subject? (No, it’s a lot pathetic).
It’s 2014, people. Women are not outsiders in society. It might still be a man’s world, but we women are constantly making strides to make it an equal-opportunity world, because that’s exactly what it should be, whether certain people believe so or not.
Why should my gender dictate what I can and cannot do, or what I can and cannot achieve?
Here’s the answer: it shouldn’t.