We hear a lot about sexism in sports. We’ve never experienced discrimination on the basis of gender—we are lucky to work in an industry where the enemy is not men or women but idiots in power. As my Jedi master Teddy-wan has always told me, “The stupid must be terminated.”
It occurred to me today that as a female covering an extremely testosteronic activity I may encounter some discrimination. (Perhaps I have already been discriminated against, I just never notice.) After all I started the sexism by portraying the athletes as objects of beauty. And I have mentioned my ignorance of the rules of the game. That was months ago; trust me, I’ve learned stuff. It’s rugby, not quantum physics. Speaking of quantum physics, let’s bring in the Heisenberg indeterminacy principle: The presence of the observer affects the behavior of the observed. Whom no one would know about if the observer weren’t there.
This isn’t a big deal, okay, just the unthinking encountering the overthinking. I was sitting at a table with the coaching staff, uploading pictures.
“Big rings,” someone noted. “You brought the bling.”
Bling?? Who still says bling?! “Yeah, I like them.”
“I thought a camera crew was coming with us.”
“I am the camera crew,” I said.
“I mean Chino (Trinidad) or someone.”
“They couldn’t make it, so I’m shooting videos for GMA News.”
“It’s easy, actually, I shot the videos of the Bahay Bata UK tour. They aired on TV.” I played one of the videos–the one where Ryan scores a try.
“That’s good, you were lucky to get that on video.”
Luck. It was freezing and pelting rain and my fingers were stiff from the cold. I shot the action because I knew what the play would be and where the kid would go. But apparently I was just lucky.
Suddenly my friends Ricky and Noel appeared before me in a sort of waking dream sequence singing, “Strong inside but you don’t know it/ Good little girls, they never show it/ When you open up your mouth to speak/ Could you be a little weak?”
(I love you gays.)
It’s amusing when you think about it. Let’s call it an intellectual difference. Insofar as jocks and nerds can be said to have intellectual differences.