I’ve had an interesting couple of days reading as much of the social media reaction to the Abby Erceg bombshell as I can stomach. I have engaged with some of it, simply shaken my head at other aspects of it and lost my temper completely with one or two people – I’m only human.
With some overlap, the arguments against making football more 21st century compliant broadly fall into three categories.
Here’s a summary of each:
Know your place
“There is not enough money in the game for people who were born without penises to be treated the same as those who happen to have dangly bits. If we spent more money on non-dangly bit football we would have to spend less on dangly bit football and if we did THAT, well, then civilisation as we know it would come crashing down around our ears. Do you want that? Do you?? IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT YOU MAN HATING FEMINAZI???? We only have finite resources so stop whinging! Just be grateful we give you what you already have! You get to vote and drive cars and stuff so you have the same opportunities as us regular humans to bring in sponsors and make the tea so just get on with it, OK?”
Accept your inferiority
“Look, women aren’t as good at sport as men. Men run faster, jump higher and are much better at flopping over with minimal contact in the penalty area and writhing around on the ground like they’ve been shot with a sniper rifle. XYZ Hardware puts up the money to pay Joe Blogs at ABC United $500 a week because Joe Blogs is valuable to them and Josephine Blogs isn’t. The fact that Josephine is an international who plays for a country ranked in the world’s top 20 by FIFA while the only rep team Joe is likely to make is the Onehunga Cossie Club’s beer sculling team is entirely down to market forces and nothing whatsoever to do with institutional sexism…”
We (men) know best
“You want us to treat people equally??? Really??? Clearly you don’t understand football. It’s just the way it is. Fact. Yes, that’s right, you’re snookered now! Because when I put the word “fact” after my totally subjective and highly debateable opinion, that means it’s a fact ergo you can’t argue with it. It’s true, because I said fact. It’s like “bags not” – when I say bags not doing the dishes, that means you have to do the dishes and it’s the same when I say fact only when I say fact it’s more like grand imperial poobah bagsies…”
But back to a serious note… One thing that this whole thing has done, is make me remember just how lucky I am. I get pretty wound up on gender issues because I can usually see the injustices and it really frustrates me when others simply don’t get it. But when the debate has died down, I get to go back to my life of male privilege. Women have to live with this kind of stuff every single day.
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