Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How men talk to women in sports

In light of yesterday's post, it should come as no surprise to you that I follow a lot of sports fans and personalities on Twitter. Among them is Julie DiCaro, who does a fantastic job of covering Chicago sports. She's also very vocal about women's issues and especially rape culture. I've been aware of some of the harassment she endures online, and I've always been in awe of her ability to handle it.

Yesterday, Julie shared a video featuring her and Sarah Spain, another female sports writer (who I immediately began following on Twitter after watching this video).


Wow.

Per Julie, these are JUST the tweets they felt comfortable having guys read aloud. They've received much worse.

How does anyone think it's OK to say this to another human? Even through a computer screen?

After the video was out, Julie and Sarah received lots of support from people (including men) who were appalled by the things said. They also had a lot of unsympathetic responses:

"They're just jokes."
"Male sports reporters get it just as bad."
"It's just the Internet."
"When you're a celebrity, this will happen. You should expect it."

Seriously?  You're going to justify someone saying, "I hope you get raped again"?

Ugh.

I just can't comprehend people who think this behavior is acceptable in any form.


2 comments:

  1. I don't get it either. But then, decent people can't understand this level of indecency, so I'm glad I don't get it.

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  2. I couldn't believe that video. Actually, I could. It's sick how easy people feel like they can be trolls and vicious on the internet. We so often forget there's actually a real life human being behind those accounts.

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