Tag Archives: Sport

Emma

Sport is apparently still in the dark ages. I tweet one thing about football fans invading the pitch at the national stadium and I’m greeted by several men responding or quoting the tweet as “Your GF’s back on Twitter” and “Thanks for that, Emma” along with taking several screenshots of when I either block them or delete the tweet to joke about, to then find out a twitter account had been retweeting all posts from “women/football journos/easily offended” despite there being hundreds of male fans criticising the incident. If you’re a female football fan with an opinion, you’re not only a football fan but you’re ridiculed for your opinion as you’re a women. No, I am a football fan first and foremost, I have the same knowledge as a male football fan.

Holly

I cycle and cycle quite a lot. To and from work, which is a school, and at weekends. I used to run but I became quickly self conscious. I used to keep tabs on the type of comments men would make, and how often. They are pretty much always directed at my appearance when I am exercising in public. I can’t be bothered any more. I am not thin, and I do not have an athletic body, I am reasonably fit and happy with that. I really enjoy cycling. However, I get shouted at, abused and heckled in the most cowardly way when I exercise in public. Men shout and make comments and then drive off. Some audible and some not. ALL THE TIME. They laugh, and they generally comment on my appearance. These are some of the comments I have had: move your fat arse you fat bitch, show us your thong, show us your bra, give it up, give me your number. They try and get me to stop, they laugh, they try and get my attention, they patronise, call me brave, and check my lights are working (!!), ask me to smile more, ask me why I am not smiling (classic I know), make comments about my legs, about my helmet, about the position I am riding in, they question all aspects of me as a female cyclist who does not look like an athletic person riding a bike. But I won’t stop cycling. I won’t stop.

Holly

I cycle and cycle quite a lot. To and from work, which is a school, and at weekends. I used to run but I became quickly self conscious. I used to keep tabs on the type of comments men would make, and how often. They are pretty much always directed at my appearance when I am exercising in public. I can’t be bothered any more. I am not thin, and I do not have an athletic body, I am reasonably fit and happy with that. I really enjoy cycling. However, I get shouted at, abused and heckled in the most cowardly way when I exercise in public. Men shout and make comments and then drive off. Some audible and some not. ALL THE TIME. They laugh, and they generally comment on my appearance. These are some of the comments I have had: move your fat arse you fat bitch, show us your thong, show us your bra, give it up, give me your number. They try and get me to stop, they laugh, they try and get my attention, they patronise, call me brave, and check my lights are working (!!), ask me to smile more, ask me why I am not smiling (classic I know), make comments about my legs, about my helmet, about the position I am riding in, they question all aspects of me as a female cyclist who does not look like an athletic person riding a bike. But I won’t stop cycling. I won’t stop.

emma

I’ve been skating in indoor skate parks for a couple of years now. Everyone has been great – lots of people tend to keep to themselves, & that’s fine, but some will chat & have been friendly. But I had a weird incident recently. Usually, everyone takes turns on the ramps. Sometimes, folk ride quite close, but your trajectory is respected. But for this session, I had this young lad constantly crashing my line. No matter which part of the park, I’d set off, he’d overtake so he could hit the end ramp 1st, then he’d turn into my line. When I moved across the park, he’d follow me, & do it again. There was some shouting too, to his mates, not directed at me, but I couldn’t make out what. I’ve never had this before, & I’ve never seen this happen to anyone else. It was clearly a territorial display. After doing this on & off for about 20 minutes, he finally quit. The parks are all ages. He was about 13/14 I’d guess. I’m 47.

C

A few years ago I asked some of the boys if I could play soccer on their team, they all just laughed at me and told me I couldn’t play because I was a girl and ‘girls aren’t as good as boys at soccer ‘. I felt really offended because I do rep soccer so I stole the ball they were playing with because it technically mine… Serves them right Although the did push me over and try to punch me So I kicked them I know it’s not right to hurt people but I didn’t want to seem weak and I didn’t want them to get away with it.

Jeannie

I play rugby at my local club and I love it. I love the club, too. I’m the team captain and a trustee, one of six people responsible for the long term sustainability of community rugby in my local area. Last Saturday I was watching out men’s first team play at home along with about 300 other spectators. Our men’s second team didn’t have a game so the were having a few beers and supporting, but not in a positive way – lots of goading and chanting aimed at the opposition and the opposition fans. Eventually I approached them and asked them to be positive and respect all the players; they simply laughed in my face. Every single one. It’s been on my mind ever since because it made me feel like a fool and made me question whether I had over reacted, which I hadn’t. It reminded me that respect is sometimes still dictated by gender, by age, by position (none of those men knew I’m a trustee), and that pack mentality is an unpleasant thing. It really got under my skin.

Kali

A guy in my sporting group only ever asks me about my private life or work. I told him I don’t want to talk about those things when I’m working out. He responded by snipping ‘Geez, you’re hard work to have a conversation with. You never talk about anything. You choose the topic, then!’ I let my actions do the talking, turned on my heel and walked away.

T_K

One of my earliest memories is going to football camp with my brother. I was five, he was seven. The camp was for five-eight year olds, and about fifty kids went. I was the only girl. Nobody – except my brother – would pass the ball to me, and most days I was the goalkeeper, because nobody wanted to be it. I was always picked last, and none of my brother’s friends would speak to his ‘kid sister’. I was actually one of the better goalkeepers there – says a lot – but, after I let a goal in – a boy on my team shoved me over. I landed on my face, got a nosebleed and he called me a ‘crybaby’. I left camp early, and haven’t dared to touch a football since.

S.

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has selected baseball and softball as events. Baseball for men; softball for women. I looked up the difference. Softball has a smaller pitch and a bigger ball. Apparently, being female means that we can’t see small things or run very far. I’m not aware of any other event that is men-only or women-only since women’s boxing and women’s ski-jumping were introduced in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Why are we going backwards?! NB: I don’t mean to criticise softball. I think it’s an excellent sport, especially as you don’t need a formal playing field for it – you can just have a game in the park – so it’s inclusive and accessible. I just don’t understand why only women will be allowed to play it, and only men will be allowed to play baseball?!