I Don't Enjoy Watching Women's Sports. That Doesn't Make Me a Misogynist
My local WNBA team is called the Washington Mystics. While I love attending live sporting events, I have yet to attend a Mystics' game. If I were given free Mystics tickets, I doubt that I would go. I don't find the level of basketball played in the WNBA to be worth the hassle of D.C. traffic, even if the tickets are free.
Saying that does not make me a misogynist.
However, according to feminists like Maggie Mertens, my dislike of women's sports undermines gender equality. In a finger-wagging article published by The Atlantic, Mertens makes this astounding claim:
The thinking goes that if women’s sports were worthy of more coverage, they would receive it. But as Cooky points out, a lot of our perceptions of how interesting women’s sports are come from the media itself. “Men’s sports are going to seem more exciting,” she says. “They have higher production values, higher-quality coverage, and higher-quality commentary ... When you watch women’s sports, and there are fewer camera angles, fewer cuts to shot, fewer instant replays, yeah, it’s going to seem to be a slower game, [and] it’s going to seem to be less exciting.”
Setting Mertens' assertion of media bias aside, I want to point out that when my daughter was a toddler, I bought her all manner of age-appropriate sports equipment -- little basketballs, soccer balls, and even a tiny little glove and baseball. Turns out, she excels at math and science. Which is good since it also turns out that she's not very athletic. We gave it a shot, though. For a few years, she even played soccer. And I continue to play baseball with her in the backyard.
I relate that anecdote about my daughter to point out that I am not opposed to women playing sports. I'm all for encouraging our daughters to play sports; if, by some miracle, my daughter scores a sports scholarship to college, I'll cry tears of joy.
I just don't want to watch women who aren't related to me playing sports.
Because women aren't nearly as athletic as men. In turn, that means that women's sports are an inferior product to men's sports. That's a fact. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it's a fact because it's a biological fact that men are bigger, stronger, and faster than women.
Sadly, though, in our society that is increasingly dominated by progressive ideology and easily triggered SJWs, saying those facts out loud will get you branded as a misogynist.
John McEnroe found this out the hard way almost a year ago. McEnroe made the mistake of speaking the truth in a now-infamous interview on NPR, when he was challenged by Lulu Garcia-Navarro for referring to Serena Williams as the best female tennis player of all time. Garcia-Navarro insisted that Williams should be considered the best tennis player of all time without the qualifier of "female." McEnroe bluntly responded: "[I]f she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world."