[Editor's note: This isn't exactly baseball related. It has more to do with sports writing overall and it's something I feel I needed to get off my chest. - Stacey]
While on Twitter yesterday, I noticed one of my followers tweet something in regards to not liking Doris Burke. In case you don’t know who Doris is, she’s one of the few females who works as color analyst during men’s basketball games.
She is well-respected and as far as I can tell, from what I’ve listened to, good at her job.
Anyway, the tweet itself was fine, you can dislike whoever you want to dislike. I dislike plenty of people myself but the hashtag at the end of the tweet is what stood out to me:
Really? Oh, right, it’s because she’s a woman and as everyone knows a woman’s place is in the kitchen, cooking meals for her man.
A few minutes later, I decided to ask my fellow female writers/bloggers about insults they’ve gotten from male sports fans. I tweeted the question out to my 2500 Twitter followers because I was curious. I also figured the kitchen insult would more than likely lead the pack.
People are so unimaginative.
I was right, it did lead the pack but some of the more mean spirited men resorted to calling the ladies extremely crass names – the c word being the “go to word” for many of these cowards. In some cases, the ladies were told that all they were good for was sex and best yet, some women have even gotten comments/emails/tweets telling them to kill themselves.
What year am I living in because surely it cannot be 2013? Can it?
Guys, you need to get over your disgust in regards to women writing about sports. We’re here and we’re not going anywhere, so get used to it.
The most amusing thing is that I know plenty of couples who aren’t traditional in that the husband is the one who cooks, not the wife so the “get back in the kitchen” insult is just plain silly and outdated.
As for the other insults, telling someone you don’t know that all they’re good for is sex is pretty disgusting. If you don’t have a wife or girlfriend, you more than likely have a mother. How would you feel if someone said that to her?
And to touch upon the last one, which is the one I find the most appalling, telling someone to kill herself is not funny in any way. It’s actually extremely disturbing. I’ve actually had someone do that to me and after the initial shock, I thought about how sad a life that person must have if they’re spending time telling other people to kill themselves on the Internet. (That incident didn’t happen when I was blogging but it was still pretty alarming.)
So to the ladies out there who are writing about sports, keep on doing it and try not to let the crass comments get to you. I know it’s easier said than done but just keep in mind that you’re not the problem, it’s them, the unsophisticated masses who still can’t handle the fact that many women love sports enough to want to write about it.