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Is it only me who’s finding the Mail’s coverage of this story (see previous post below) about sexism among highly paid sports commentators (knock me down with a feather) more interesting than the story itself? And definitely funnier.

Following on from the ludicrous ‘female linesman’ label, the paper blithely continues its ‘pot calling the kettle black’ schtick with the following headline gems:

Off duty: Girl ref in sexism storm
(Just reverse that for a second: Boy ref in sexism storm)

And, in even bigger point size on page 6:

The lady ref and another own goal by soccer sexist Andy
(And reverse: The gentleman ref and another own goal…)

Oh, and finally, a picture caption for you on the same page:

Linesman Sian Massey

Girl? Man? Lady? Never let it be said that the Mail does not have an open mind and isn’t keen to embrace all options.

Sorting the girls from the women

Gratuitous modifiers or the lady bus driver

When is a man not a man?


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  1. What’s next? Referettes? Coachesses? Linesmums???

    Invisible Mikey

    26/01/2011 at 11:58 am

    • Ssshhh — you’ll be giving the Mail ideas. ‘Linesmum’ is very funny — the Mail would have used that by now had the lady linesmanwoman been a mother (bit difficult if you’re still a girl). Thanks, Mikey.


      26/01/2011 at 12:05 pm

      • Morning again, Deborah,

        “had the lady linesmanwoman been a mother (bit difficult if you’re still a girl).”

        Er, not round here!


        27/01/2011 at 10:49 am

        • I couldn’t possibly comment — except to say, I was thinking biomalogically speaking (as in the washing powder).


          27/01/2011 at 10:57 am

  2. There’s plenty of sexism around, just watch Loose women to see how much men are put down.


    26/01/2011 at 11:58 am

    • Very true. However, although I don’t want to get po-faced about it, there is a difference between undermining a power base and being undermined by one. Thanks, Tom.


      26/01/2011 at 12:09 pm

      • I rather like Loose Women – the show, I hasten to add, although . . . No, let’s not go there.

        It is, though, rather important not to take it too seriously, regardless of gender.


        27/01/2011 at 11:19 am

        • Yes, you’re right about not taking it too seriously. I’ve not seen Loose Women — but I’ve seen clips, and they always seem to be laughing. Might as well join in!


          27/01/2011 at 11:34 am

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