A recent op-ed in The New York Times has me fuming.
The day after Beth Mowins violently obliterated the glass ceiling of sports broadcasting by becoming the first female to call a game of “Monday Night Football,” Chicago-based sports journalist Julie DiCaro shined a light on the sexism Mowins is already being subjected to.
Her piece begins:
“Like listening to my ex nag me.”
“Sounds like my mom yelling at me.”
Women in sports broadcasting are used to men criticizing their voices. In my three years in sports radio, I’ve had more men complain about my voice than everything else about me combined — and trust me, there are a lot of other things they don’t like about me.
“It has nothing to do with you being a woman,” they tell me, “I just can’t stand the sound of your voice.”
For someone who gets paid primarily to say sports words on the radio, listeners hating the sound of her voice is somewhat troubling.
Obviously, any attempt to blame female broadcasters’ voices, as opposed to their vaginas, for disapproval of their job performance is a blatant lie. Sexism is clearly running amok. Men don’t want women involved in sports analysis. And that’s gross.
The response to female broadcasters’ voices is not new. Sports are commonly perceived to be an arena for men — by men, of men — and anything that disrupts that makes some men uneasy.
What is it about men that makes them feel so entitled to sports? Is it the fact that all the players are men? Could it be that they have spent their entire lives playing sports with other men exclusively? Perhaps it’s the unique bonding experience men partake in when participating in full-contact sports like football. It’s a true mystery that no one can ever figure out.
Later in the piece, DiCaro notes:
Some men insist they turn to sports to get a break from women. This is something I hear more than you would probably believe.
THAT’S IT! I am FURIOUS!
Men needing a break from women? This is INSANE, and completely inconceivable! It’s pure, irrational sexism and hate!
I, for one, refuse to stand for such misogyny! It’s 2017! Doesn’t anyone realize this? The time for action is NOW!
I think it’s about time for men to quit hogging the NFL and pestering all the women who just want to enjoy the game without the annoyances intrinsically brought about by the opposite sex.
Men have filled every position in football ever since its inception! All the players are men (Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, and Mark Sanchez are just a few examples)! All the officials are men! All the coaches are men! All the broadcasters are men! It’s the most transparent cesspool of toxic masculinity that takes place in our society! It’s almost as if men intentionally created the perfect environment to enjoy themselves at the end of a long work week that excludes women ON PURPOSE!
Action must be taken, and it cannot be taken frivolously! Here’s what we must do: Women should take over every job the NFL has to offer. That’s right, EVERY JOB! Women players, women coaches, women pylons, everything! Kick out all the men, and give women every position in the NFL. It’s their turn, STUPID MEN!
Once women occupy every position in the NFL, the stupid men should go away and START THEIR OWN LEAGUE! Let women have something to themselves FOR ONCE! Is that too much to ask?
Women shouldn’t have to feel pressured by men to have to watch what they say or risk facing ridicule and scrutiny. What if a woman said something as a joke, but men took it too seriously and out of context and got her fired for it? Can you imagine? The presence of men alone is enough to disturb women who are just trying to enjoy the game that they love.
Men, your time is up. Surrender the NFL to women immediately, and go watch football by yourselves. Let women do their thing!