As a girl who has never been a big sports fan, I surprisingly get questioned quite a lot about the sports realm — from men that is. “You don’t know this team? How do you not know this basketball player? Do you even know what a touchdown is?” I’m sure many women can share this experience.
What leaves me in disbelief is that every time a man portrays himself to know all there is to know about sports, he really, REALLY does not. They may watch Friday night football and have played soccer for nine years, but when it comes down to it, most men only know men’s sports, not women’s. You rarely see men getting hyped up for March Madness because of the WNBA’s tournaments. It’s unlikely that you have come across a man who has told you that their favorite athlete is Serena Williams. Women’s sports are intertwined with countless struggles in which they deal with extreme misogyny and gender inequalities. Being a female athlete is hard enough in a world where your talents are not recognized nearly as much as your male counterparts. To have people claim to know so much about sports without even going out of their way to give women’s sports any attention at all shows how male sports fans continue to feed into the gender barriers in the sports field. They allow gendered stereotypes to continue to devalue female athletes who put in just as much hard work, and they cause the field to remain male-dominated.
[bf_image id="23f762grqwvsvt35fh88k"] The dominance many men have over the sports realm leaves all women at a loss. Women who do not care for sports are challenged, female sports fans are challenged, and female athletes are challenged. Women should not have to deal with judgment simply for having other priorities in their life, nor should they have to prove themselves worthy of being included in the sports realm. Women need not waste their time learning trivial sports knowledge for the sake of the patriarchy.