In case you don’t know who Damon Bruce is (I didn’t), he’s apparently some sort of radio jock from San Francisco. Last week, Bruce made the oh-so-intelligent point that the only reason society is upset about the Jonathan Martin / Richie Incognito workplace discrimination (because that’s exactly what it is) is because women write about sports. Or some such nonsense. (Audio here) It’s sort of hard to tell exactly where women ruining sports comes in. See if you can figure out his neolithic ramblings:
On Thursday, Bruce appeared on his regular segment “The Damon Bruce Show,” and spoke about the Miami Dolphins controversy between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.
“A lot of sports has lost its way and I’m gonna tell you, part of the reason is because we’ve got women giving us directions,” he said. “For some of you, this is going to come across as very misogynistic. I don’t care, because I’m very right. I’m willing to share my sandbox, as long as you remember you’re in my box.”
Bruce went on to say that “very few” women are good at sports commentary and that sports “is a man’s world.”
Now that I’ve posted about him, I’m just another blog giving Bruce the attention he so desperately craves. Last week, no one knew who he was, this week, the guy is a household name, at least among sports fans. So congrats, Damon Bruce, on figuring out yet another twisted way to subvert the system in which the smarted and most talented are supposed to be the most famous. Well done.
I’ve agonized for several days over whether or not to write about this, and whether I had anything to say that hasn’t already been said. In the end, I came up with something. I want to thank Damon Bruce.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for illustrating with your incredibly loud voice what many women (especially those of us who write about sports) hear just about every day. That we’re lesser than. That we should get back in the kitchen. And my personal favorite, that the offending male finds us unattractive, so our thoughts, opinions, and insights are therefore inherently null. Finally, the civilized world can see that not only do people like you exist, but that they aren’t afraid to shout it from the rooftops or a radio station or a twitter feed with 20k followers.
Thanks for showing the world that people like you, be they sexists, racists, or otherwise, often exist in groups that support and egg each other on. Or, worse, act as apologists for your kind. I’m looking at you, Rob Neyer. For those of you keeping track, this isn’t the first time Rob, an excellent baseball writer and formerly one of my heroes, has defended blatant misogyny. But I digress.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for the mere suggestion that woman, who tend to their children’s cuts and bruises and broken bones, who spend 40 years of their lives bleeding for seven days out of every month from their genitals, who are able to push a child the size of a soccer ball out of hole smaller than a garden hose, find the reality of sports too “gruesome” to write about. And also, thanks for the laugh.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for the reminder that all too many men demonize and denigrate other men by comparing them to women, a personal pet peeve of mine. “The Dallas Cowgirls.” “The Vi-Queens.” “Jay Cutler won’t be playing this week because he has his period.” Thanks for reminding us how obnoxious guys like you and the rest of your bros are.
Thanks for the reminder that being a woman is to be strong, physically and emotionally. Otherwise, how would any of us in the sports writing field ever keep going?
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for the reminder that, no matter how many bros like you exist, there are more guys out there like Will Leitch and Matt Yoder. Thanks for showing us that most of us have fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and boyfriends who were just as appalled by your comments as we were.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for reminding all the young women out there that the field is still not level, no matter what field of employment you work in. And thanks for the opportunity to show that that they can stand up for themselves, their careers, and their gender without alienating the boys whose approval they so desperately crave. Thanks for reminding those of us who have been around a while that we have to stick together.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for your entire two-day suspension, and for forcing many of us to acknowledge that, had you said the same thing about African American writers, Jewish writers, or Muslim writers, you’d probably be off the air permanently. Thanks for the reminder that insulting an entire segment of the population, as long as it’s women, is still quasi-acceptable in our society.
Thank you, Damon Bruce, for claiming that women had a role to play in the exposure of what went on in the Miami Dolphins locker room. If putting an end to race-based discrimination and harassment in anyone’s place of employment is attributable to us woman sports writers and bloggers, I’m proud to wear that badge on my brownie sash. Where do I sign up to cause more problems for guys like Richie Incognito?
Finally, thank you for your hilarious non-apology apology. It made my day.
Now scoot over, you’re taking up entirely too much room in OUR sandbox.
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