I wish you saw it before Men’s Health Magazine took it down.
It was surprising and honestly really confusing. It wasn’t even an article really, just barely three paragraphs, a short post the magazine’s website.
A Men’s Health Magazine writer (former intern? ghost?) used fewer than 100 words to highlight one quote from one book in order to make one giant generalization about women and sports: “Most women don’t care about stats.”
So apparently said Andrei S. Markovits, who co-wrote Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States. Which is 268 pages and encompasses “the relationship that women have developed with sports in the wake of the second wave of feminism of the late 1960s and early 1970s,” according to Amazon.
Surely not enough to cover in 100 words.
Men’s Health Magazine quickly took the story and the tweet down, apologizing that it suggested that women didn’t like or understand sports.
The “No. 1 Source of Information for and about Men” has an audience that’s 83.1 percent male, with a median age of nearly 40. There’s also a small percentage of women who subscribe.
I can see where the magazine wanted to go, but that’s definitely not where it ended up.
With the events of the last couple of days behind us, let’s consider how Men’s Health Magazine could have reframed this seemingly innocuous post so it didn’t come back to haunt them on social media.
Crucial Catch is not actively evil, though, which is harder to say about some other aspects of NFL operations. It’s more tiresome than anything, because its supposedly high-minded message for women is expressed in the most patronizing manner possible: by peddling pink stuff at them. At a time when McDonald’s is fairly criticized for offering girls pink-ified Spider-Man gear in its Happy Meals, the NFL is doing the same thing for grown women. Look, darling, we made a special pink version of football, just for you! It matches the color of your mysterious vulva, so we know you’ll like it.
h/t Jenna G. for sharing the link.
The show’s silly name and its all-female panel have led some commentators to question whether it’s just a gimmick. Maybe, but it also demonstrates that the extreme dominance of men on all other sports talk shows is itself an absurd contrivance.The show’s deep roster of rotating female talent…eveals that other programs have been ignoring some of the sports world’s most compelling voices, or at least not asking them the right questions. Bringing one female commentator on provides a “woman’s perspective”…
"I told him about wanting to do my MBA, I told him about my family health issues and he told me straight to my face, ‘well, I’m not going to release you. You can file an appeal.’ So I had no other choice. I wasn’t just going to stay there. I didn’t want it to get that far, but they didn’t want to release me so I had no other choice."
All of this. All of it.
It’s time for the conversation to change, or at least for those participating in the conversation. It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table, and not where their presence is a gimmick or a concept—just a person who happens to have breasts offering their opinion on the sports they love and the topics they know.
Becky Hammon will join Gregg Popovich on the Spurs’ bench next season.
Today is so awesome.
“Gender policing peacocks in many forms and hides in others, but its end is always some sort of violence, the dressing down of humanness.”
Yeah. How about putting a GOLFER on the cover of Golf Digest? Actually golfing.
“It’s frustrating for female golfers. It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”
Stacey Lewis, former No. 1 in the LPGA
No one handed Sherman a trip to the Super Bowl and no one punched Jones’ ticket to the Olympics for her. Sherman doesn’t get the opportunity to unleash his postgame diatribe unless he makes a spectacular defensive play to win the game and to say Jones made the bobsled roster because of the size of her Twitter following is just absurd.
On the flipside, NBC gets it wish in Lolo.
ROCKFORD — Beth Lang’s first pitch for the Rockford Starfires was historic and trivial.
The left-hander’s historic toss to the plate marked the revival of women’s baseball at Beyer Stadium on 15th Avenue for the first time since the Rockford Peaches played in 1954.
The trivial part: South Bend Blue Sox batter Abby Wilson hammered Lang’s first pitch into the gap in right center for a double, the first hit in the new baseball diamond.