As a female sports fan in a male dominated sports world I’ve often faced discrimination. And usually it’s from the opposite sex.
I’ve been asked numerous times “Are you a Patriots fan because you think Brady is cute?” or the classic “What does a girl like YOU know anything about sports?”
First of all, what does that even mean? And why do all men think that it’s okay to assume that girls like sports because of an infatuation with a player.
I root for Tom Brady for his accomplishments and merits on the field rather than his “movie star” good looks. And for some odd reason, that I have yet to figure out, the male counterpart finds it hard to believe that I can talk sports.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy watching the latest rom-com with the ever so handsome Channing Tatum, while eating a tub of my favorite ice-cream, but I also enjoy watching Sportscenter and having explosive arguments with my counterparts about why the Jets just can’t get it right.
I take pride in the fact that I can bake a cake all while I bash Mark Sanchez for not having the skill or the talent to save a sinking Jets team. I can join in on a conversation about how Ken Whisenhunt benched John Skeleton against the Falcons, only to replace him with a ROOKIE quarterback.
For me, sports goes beyond the idea of victory or defeat. I love sports because no matter what our differences are, it brings people together as one. If our favorite team wins, we celebrate the victory in thrill ,if they lose, we feel the agony of the defeat.
It’s ridiculous for anyone to assume that a girl can’t be passionate about sports.
As a sports fan, I have proved to myself and to society that I am a modern day women.
So watch out boys because I’m a girl and I love sports!