Folks, it’s time we discuss women’s sports.
WAIT. Before you run away, I should tell you that this post will end with a beautiful picture of Alex Morgan. So it’s worth sticking around.
And to prevent you from simply scrolling downward, I’ve installed a mechanism for this site that disallows you to push the down button until a certain time limit has passed.
Okay, that’s complete B.S. I have no idea how to do that. I’m still amazed that I have even been able to operate this site for this long without problem.
But anyway, the narrative surrounding women’s sports can be weird sometimes. In many instances we’re able to view men’s and women’s sports as their own unique entity. Like in tennis or golf. We don’t compare the male and female versions of each of those games, because they’re not comparable.
And yet, for some reason, people keep talking about why men’s college basketball gets more love than women’s. You can blame whatever you want. The media. The lack of competitiveness. The method in which they play the game.
But I think, first and foremost, each need to be appreciated individually. Are they 100 percent mutually exclusive? No. But you don’t have to watch both of them and then argue why one is more popular than the other. Just enjoy them both!
On Tuesday night, an impressive, historic feat happened in women’s college basketball when the Connecticut Huskies won their fourth straight national title. And in completely dominant fashion.
They went 38-0 this season, marking their second undefeated season in the last three years. It was also their 11th national title in the last 17 years. One senior on the team, Breanna Stewart, was on all four championship teams.
So congratulations to them. People may start talking about “why this accomplishment isn’t more more appreciated,” but who cares? They did it. And that’s all that matters.
However, I will admit that there are times when we do need to make a comparison of men’s and women’s sports. And not on a competitive level, but with their pay.
A pretty major story that’s sort of flown under the radar the last several days, in light of the Panama Papers and the increasingly crazy presidential election, is when top players from the U.S. women’s national team filed a federal complaint last Wednesday accusing U.S Soccer of wage discrimination.
You know, that same team we watched with exhilaration as they demolished international competition last summer to win the World Cup? The same team we threw a lavish ticker tape parade for in New York City?
Well, it turns out the female athletes on that team earn as little as 40 percent of what players on the U.S. men’s national team do, and that team really is not that good at all.
Most people probably can’t even name a single guy on the men’s team. Yet the women’s team has basically become role models for young women everywhere. They’ve become icons; and symbols of not only success, but of female empowerment.
And somehow, we don’t pay them their fair shake.
Yeah I get it. They make plenty of dough. “They shouldn’t complain,” is what some people will say. But how can we call ourselves the “land of opportunity” when we don’t provide everybody with equal opportunity?
Wage inequality is a real issue, and what better people to stand up for it than the women who have proudly represented our country on one of the world’s grandest stages for the last decade? Why can’t they be a voice for the voiceless and use their celebrity for good?
And just the fact that the nation is having this conversation now, as a result of these women, is already significant progress.
Those women by the way, were Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who said they were representing the entire team.
And I know that mention of Alex Morgan got you excited. But let me tell you — I for one, will not participate in the sexual degradation of women by posting a photo of Alex Morgan just to make you happy.
Did we learn nothing from the topless Instagram selfie of Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian earlier this week? Women are more than just their bodies!
Eh, screw that. She’s just too goddamn pretty.