"The Women's World Cup is headed into the quarterfinal round and yesterday, an editor for Sports Illustrated's website tweeted a Vine of England's go-ahead goal against Norway with the words, 'And here some people (ahem, @Andy_Benoit) argue that women's soccer isn't worth watching,' to which Sports Illustrated contributor Andy Benoit responded, 'Not women's soccer... women's sports in general not worth watching,'" Meyers explained.
My favorite line is when Amy says, "I guess i'm not surprised you work for sports illustrated. You guys put out a swimsuit issue every year dedicated entirely to women who aren't in sports. Unless you think it's a sport to cover both boobs with one arm."
I tried to find the Vine but could not. Anyone have a link? The offending tweet that has since been deleted:
I get that men are typically stronger and therefore can achieve a lot with that, but if being a fan of sports was really about watching "the best" or the strongest then people wouldn't root for specific teams. They would all be paying attention to the "best" team that exists for every sport. But there are plenty of Cubs fans....lol sorry.
Really, the issue is just that some men and probably some women don't want to see women in sports, or they just don't care because they can't see past their own limited paradigm of gender. Imagine if sports bars played women's sports just as often. I get excited when I see women's sports on TVs in public places and would be totally down to have a Sunday sports night with the girls watching women's Soccer or Basketball or something.
Speaking of, there is a Feminist Basketball League here in Los Angeles that I've been meaning to go to. Now might be the time.
And just to give more visibility to women in sports, here is a picture of me back when I faced the elements of male domination in the skateboarding world:
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