Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Guest Post: Big Al is a clueless chauvinist

A very good female friend of mine (Yes, even geeky bloggers talk to women!), who's also a freshman girls softball coach, was going thru the archives of TWFE, and found a post that raised her ire. She let me know, in no uncertain terms, that she was disappointed in me, and she thought my thinking was chauvinistic, backward and pig headed. In fact, she sent me a well thought out rebuttal.

As a semi-respectable blogger, I'm willing to listen to the opposing point of view, and review opinions that may have been more than a little reactionary. What follows is her thoughts on in regard to my post degrading women's sports.

I was reading your blog...

...And came across you February 22 post, titled "A continuing series: My sports pet peeves, part 3" regarding women's sports......

As I read it, I was, well....a bit shocked.......I'm still having trouble competely understanding it. And frankly, I'm not sure I want too.

You mention that they are truly fringe sports no matter how much the MSM tries to popularize them. You also say that the women's game (any game) is "slower, not as creative and basically boring."

I take great offense to that both on a personal level and from the standpoint of being the coach of a women's sport.

I haven't yet to figure out, based on the blog entry, if you don't like women's sports (period) or the fact that they get (equal? I don't think so) air time of any sort.

"Do NOT shove women's sports (in) my face as the equal to men's, and as something that I must watch."

First, you are not forced to watch anything. You have a remote and over 100 channels (I'm sure), find something else that tickles your fancy. These so called "boring sports" do have a fan base and the MSM recognizes that and allows us a peak every now and again. I guess we are all entitled to our opinons....I mean I am not a basketball, football or NASCAR fan but, if your "theory" holds true, I must watch them as that is how the hierarchy of the sports world works....guess again. I have this little button on my remote (and on the cable box itself) that reads "ON/OFF" and it works rather well, as does the "up/down" channel button.

So don't complain that you must watch anything. Turn the channel, Big Al....there is testosterone lurking there someplace....

//stepping off my soap box....for now//

She let me have it with both barrels. And made me think, which is always a good thing...


  1. As a female passer by, I think your "friend" needs to lighten up. She takes "great offense"?

    To her: Geez....snap out of it Coach!! You're taking this way too seriously. Just as he can use his remote, you can use your mouse and click off of his opinions. You are way out of line. Perhaps you should spend more time coaching and less time pouncing on a guys opinions. You totally over did it. What's all this sensitivity about? Get a life!

  2. Big Al, lifetime member of the He-Man Woman Hater's Club.

    (FWIW, I didn't think your original post was really chauvinistic at all, but what do I know? I have a Y chromosome.)

  3. Elizabeth,

    I would like to set the record straight. I did not, as you indicate, pounce on Al's comments. After reading his blog entry, I sat down and wrote him an email. After reading said email, he asked if he could post it to his blog as he thought my comments were well thought out and well written.

    As far as what I take "great offense" too, well, that is something you need not worry yourself about. Al understood what I was saying and where I was coming from with my comments and, quite frankly, that is all that really matters.

    To me anyway.

    Thanks, Al.

  4. Cat fight! Meeoooowwwrrrr!!