Thursday, September 2, 2010
News Flash: Women Fight!!!
Women get into a scuffle! In a college soccer match! And get two red cards for it! And make headlines! I am so sick of this shit. If it were the WPS, yes, that's news - if the fight were truly spectacular, which this is not. But hey, why cover the WPS?
(The actual event is so singularly uninteresting that it boggles the mind. This is, to my mind, even worse than the Lambert incident, because not only was the confrontation totally ordinary, it was also properly refereed! Where is the news here??? My god - how many men 's teams finish with 10 players on the pitch because of stuff like this? It's utterly banal.)
Scuffles, fights, shoving matches - none of this should ever be news because the players involved are women. That is the only reason this is considered newsworthy here - the only reason.
If we accept that as newsworthy - well, what else should we make headlines out of?
Women are competitive! Women get pissed off! Sometimes, they lose their temper! STOP THE PRESSES!!
Actually, I mean that last bit.
Stop this sexist press, or I am coming over there with my soccer-playing harpie warrior bitches, we are going to foul the living daylights out of you. And we aren't going to be pulling no ponytails.
Oh, sorry, was that too aggressive? Did I lose my ladylike composure?
I'm so fed up with stories about women losing it on the field - this is full-on media collaboration with the worst aspects of sexism: Make women out to be monsters, all the while burying the story of the very real links between violence against women, homophobia, and the mainstream sports culture that media produces.