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Sexist Sky Guys ?

Posted by Big John on January 25, 2011

Can you believe all this fuss over a bit of ‘tongue in cheek’ banter made about a female football (soccer) linesman .. lineswoman .. linesperson .. umm .. assistant referee ?

It is reported that the young lady concerned is an excellent referee which means that she must be able to handle foul mouthed players and not break down in tears everytime some moron hurls abuse at her. Can you imagine what she must hear coming from the stands as she runs the line on a Saturday afternoon ? … I bet that some of it even makes her smile, for it would be a difficult job to do without a sense of humour.

I like to see women ‘make it’ in a man’s world, for it usually means that they know how to hold their own when “boys will be boys” and I’m sure that Sian Massey is no exception.

I note that Andy Burton made a “sexist” remark in that he referred to Ms. Massey as … “a bit of a looker”.

Blimey ! .. In my day that would be considered as …

a compliment !


2 Responses to “Sexist Sky Guys ?”

  1. rummuser said

    Big John, I have just come out of a big mess arising out of a mention of a quip to my surgeon in one of my blogs! You cannot be too careful. If you are interested, you can read and its predecessor!

  2. What about a person who takes a job as a supermarket check-out clerk and then refuses to sell alcoholic products to customers? If such a person were sacked, would you regard that as unfair? I wouldn’t. Surely, if you know what the the rules of the job are and take the job, then you alone are responsible for the consequences if you break those rules?

    It might once have been considered a compliment to describe a woman as “a looker” or to treat her to a wolf-whistle but those days have gone. We may or may not regret their passing but that is irrelevant. We have to live in the present not in the past. If we don’t like the rules, we are free to break them as long as we face up to the consequences.

    The female linesman may be used to sexist banter but is that any reason why she should have to put up with it? Black people are used to racist banter but we no longer expect them>/i> to put up with it. Why should women be treated with less consideration?

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