Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Athletes and Sexism

This video was made by some students doing a similar project about women in sports. They make some interesting points and include many facts about women in sports and sexism.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"Sports Broad Casting"

Sports "Broad" Casting

This is a link to another blog that a female sports fanatic created. She talks about sexism in sports and the fact that women need to stop putting themselves in positions to be objectified, such as posing in lingerie. I agree with her 100%. If women wanted to be taken seriously they need to behave professionally. The same thing can be seen in many areas of sports, not just broadcasting. For instance, women in wrestling dress provocatively and act either like a side kick to men or start fighting with each other and ripping clothes off one another. Female athletes are known to pose nude, or in lingerie and are often featured in top ten hottest lists. Yes, men also pose but they are taken much more seriously when it comes to playing the sport.

"Commentary: ESPN opinion category offers a sexist option -"

This is an article about a young female sports journalist student. She is a big fan of ESPN and realized that a certain game was not in their program schedule. So, she went to their website to send a complaint about the matter. While doing so she came across, "Dislike Female Commentators", which was a topic for people to complain about. She was very surprised and decided to Tweet what she found. It is not right for there to be a section with that title. Yes, people are entitled to their opinion, but they should not make a target for it. In the end fan's opinions of female commentators do not really matter. Is ESPN going to review these comments and take action against commentators with bad comments? I doubt it. It is just a place for people to bash female commentators.

"Journalist On Challenges Facing Female Sports Reporters: NPR."

This is a radio interview between Mellisa Block (NPR) and sport journalist Andrea Kremer. They discuss the problems with sexism in sports broadcasting and how older generations way of thinking is clouding younger generations. Sexism is being passed down from generation to generation. It is a learned way of thinking, just like being racist.

TV anchor in trouble for sexist slur against Danica Patrick."

This article talks about a TV anchor who aired an opinionated report about race car driver Danica Patrick. Instead of talking about the race, or her performance as a driver, he talked about her personality and why he doesn't like her. Yes he has the right to free speech, but it was an unprofessional "sports" report because he did not talk about the sport much at all and just focused on bashing the driver. What he said really was not that bad, but it was a pretty lame sports report. He apologized and did not lose his job. What I found even more interesting were the comments made by people who read the article. There are many different viewpoints and opinions. There is also a video of the report that you can watch.

"Kelly Tilghman, Doris Burke, Erin Andrews And The Confessions Of A Not-So-Closeted Sports Sexist."

"Not-So-Closeted Sports Sexist"

Drew MaGary openly discusses sexism issues in sports and even admits to being sexist himself. He has no filter and has kind of a vulgar writing style. However, he is honest. He goes through different excuses men give for being sexists and examines them and why they don't really make sense. Although he is pointing out bad aspects of being sexist he still uses objectifying language about female sports reporters. He is a little confused, but makes some good points overall. At least he is trying to figure out why he is the way he is (and other men as well).

"Richard Keys forced to resign as Sky Sports presenter over Sexism"

Richard Keys Forced to Resign

Richard Keys was forced to resign after making sexist comments about a female referee. He was also known to make sexist remarks about women, along with his partner at Sky Sports. Both men apologized, but it was too little too late based on their behavior over the years. They are part of the generation who was brought up with much more sexism. Many reporters call these types of people "dinosaurs" because they haven't changed with the times. It is not part of their job to be objectifying or say sexist things to women. People can have opinions, but they need to be said in the right environments. Being sexist doesn't belong in sports commentating or in a professional environment, just like being racist, or pushing a certain religion. Sports are sports they should talk about sports.