I don’t agree with the group of feminists who have tried making feminism a man-hating movement. I don’t agree with the group of feminists who make women victims instead of showing the world what women can do.
What I do agree with is true feminism. Feminism is about promoting gender equality and recognizing that women can do the same things men can do. I’ve seen first-hand how strong women can be.
For the majority of my life I’ve been raised by two women, my mom and aunt, after my dad passed away on my last day of middle school in 2009. I hadn’t been able to see him for nine years before then, so the two strongest women in my life have raised me since I was 5 years old.
They’ve shown me what real strength and toughness is, not the strength and toughness that I talk about everyday when I discuss sports. So I have no patience for people who say anything negative about the abilities of a woman.
Because of all of this, it was hard for me to watch how some female sports reporters were treated at Arch Madness in St. Louis this past weekend, especially compared to their male peers and journalists.
Don’t get me wrong, people were almost always nice. But nice isn’t what true feminists look for, and belittling isn’t what female sports reporters look for. All they want is equality.
A female journalist can find her name on a list that shows where her seat on press row is all by herself. Crazy, right? A female journalist can have her own stats sheet in a postgame press conference. She shouldn’t have to share with her other female colleagues.
All of this might seem simple and a bit of an overreaction, but it’s not. I never saw a man babied when trying to read his name on a list, and I never saw a man asked to share a stats sheet with another reporter when there were piles of extras.
The female reporters that were in St. Louis with me did as good of a job as I did covering the games, if not better.
As one of my fellow reporters at Arch Madness said, “Girls can be sports journalists too, people.”
She was right. Women can be journalists, women can cover sports, and, most importantly, women can do the same things men do.