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SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR? REALLY?

I can only imagine it was over a few Chrissy beers that Sydney’s Daily Telegraph sports department thought it would be a thigh slapper to name racehorse Black Caviar as its “Sportswoman of the Year”.

Black Caviar is a female horse. She’s a mare. Geddit?

It’s “time gentlemen” on this sort of demeaning rubbish.

I know you reckon it’s a gag, Buzz Rothfield. (Should I point out that your “SportsMAN of the Year” was Michael Clarke? No joke there, I assume.)

You told me, “pull your head in” on Twitter but you and Darren Hadland should be banished into the Hall of Mirrors where you can take a long hard look at yourselves and your archaic attitudes.

You can say “hello” to David Campese from me while you’re there.

I’ve taken up the cause of women in sport quite a few times and that’s because I am proud to count some of Australia’s top sportswomen as personal friends and I see, first-hand, the utter bullshit they have to cope with – year in and year out.

I know many blokes in sport reckon us chicks have had a sense of humour bypass…but for so many Aussie women sports champs the joke has worn very thin indeed.

Witness the lack of media space given to their achievements compared to men; the starvation of sponsorship dollars; the paucity of commentary jobs available on radio and TV and the constant belittling of their abilities as sports writers and officials.

(And, as a Rugby League fan, don’t even get me started on the “ Women in League” round which lauds the women who serve hot pies in canteens and wash footy socks. Who “ask for nothing and give everything”, all but ignoring those who serve as board members, trainers, officials and managers of the team and fan sites.)

When you look at the roll call of sporting misdemeanours in any given year you won’t find women’s names in a long and odious list of dickheads who take a leak on street corners; punch each other in bars; get thrown out of hotel rooms and off planes; place illegal bets; sexually harass and lie and cheat.

Our sportswomen play hard, give it their all. They are almost always “best and fairest”. Maybe this is why they don’t get fair play in the media – not enough scrag fights, cat scratches and bad behaviour.

The champion women I know – Kerri Pottharst, Nici Andronicus, Shelly Taylor-Smith, Louise Sauvage, Ann Sargeant, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Layne Beachley, Debbie Watson, Amy O’Mara, Laura Enever, Shelley Oates-Wilding, Jenny Owens, Naomi Flood – would be flat out having an overdue parking fine between them.

I suppose that means they’re boring.

But how, Buzz, could you not give the gong to, say, Anna Meares, Sally Pearson, the Women’s 4 x 100 relay team, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Broben, Emily Seebohm, Paralympic  champion Jacqueline Freney (below)… is it worth going on? How about Stephanie Gilmore, now five time world surf champ?

(I see you have mentioned the “hottest Olympian”, Leryn Franco.)

NO, give the title of  SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR to a fucking HORSE!!

In fact, your editor should give Black Caviar the job of writing the sports pages, surely she could do a better job that you two jackasses!

Perhaps women should take a cue from the blokes and start squiring male models, going the biff, having affairs with their teammates’ husbands and getting belted down The Cross at 3 a.m. if they want to garner media attention.

As a sports-mad nation, Australia’s female athletes are our crowning glory!

Their finest sporting moments are every bit as scintillating and memorable as any our sportsmen have provided.

Cathy Freeman. That is all.

We cheer our women on the sports field and then they go on to start foundations and charities; they coach, mentor, organise and inspire our kids. They are there, every time – front and centre – when we talk about how to tackle obesity, promote sportsmanship and include those with a disability.

I’m sorry that your joke backfired, Buzz. Comedy is hard. I know that first-hand too. Made a few clangers myself along the way.

But after your team has had a highly-enjoyable year of naming and shaming “gibberers”, this one’s going to bite you on the arse and you’ve only got yourself to blame.

 

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102 Comments

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Dave

    Hear hear

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Robyn

    Go Wendy!! And get me the Twitter handles of those two Jackasses!!!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Brendan

    Nice article! Phil’s handle is @BuzzRothfield but he blocks everyone that criticises him, because hes nothing but a coward hiding behind his dying media.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Stacie

    I felt physically ill when I read about this. Many people wouldn’t agree with me, but I don’t consider horse racing a sport. It’s a means of gambling, plain and simple. To then say a horse is the best sportswoman is a slap in the face of all our amazingly talented, strong, dedicated and successful female athletes. It seems no matter how much they achieve, the media (and from some of the comments on Twitter, a percentage of the population) believe women’s sports carry no significance and deserve no recognition. Are we meant to tell our young girls to aspire to become a horse because that’s the only way they’ll ever be applauded for their sporting accomplishments? What a joke.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    KJ

    Applauds! Spot on, Wendy.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Daryl Adair

    What we cannot know, of course, is the reverse hypothetical. That is, if Black Caviar was a gelding or entire, rather than a mare, whether she (he) would have been granted the accolade of Sportsman of the Year. It would be worth hearing from the judges whether that would have been so.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    wonk_arama

    As I said to a guy on the Twitters who thought Rothfield had a point (other than on the top of his head), the only way Black Caviar is a woman is if she was really Sally Pearson and Elise Perry in a horse costume.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Liz

    I love horse-racing and I love Black Caviar. (Nelly to her friends). But, this is ridiculous. She’s a horse, not a woman. I wonder if this yobbos compiled a list of Australia’s all time sports greats, would they put Phar Lap on the list? That might be the test.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Gabbie

    Shocking. Not really.

    Aussie blokes + sports = DUUUUHHHH!!

    I’d expect nothing less than that rubbish from an Aussie sports “journo”.

    Wanker.

    Love your work Wendy. Keep on championing the REAL champions.

    Love,
    Gabs x

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Petit Armoir

    Well said Wendy!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    David Bloke

    To think I used to read that rag when my Grandfather would ask me to by his tobacco at the corner shop. The best reason never to buy the Telegraph. EVER.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    smile chickie

    solid gold! THANKYOU!!!!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    lucille

    I am sick of male sports dominating the world. I never watch any of them. I do watch women playing tennis, but even that is ruined by those who suggest women shouldn’t get as much as men because they don’t play as many sets. (Sometimes they do.) I wonder how male sport would survive without female supporters.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Tara Moss

    Black Caviar is redefining what it is to be a modern woman. Not afraid to go nude, or wear a bridle and a small man. It’s just beautiful.

    PS Nice work Wendy. Your neck is just where it should be. x

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Suz

    Quick but articles of quality by Wendy & her talented, PAID team of writers, is why Hoopla far exceeds any other site of it’s kind. Mama Mia fans, defect immediately!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    The Huntress

    LOL @ Tara. Nice one.

    Very well said Wendy. My first thought when I saw this was “what about Sally Pearson’s glorious olympic win?” and I’m not even a huge sport fan. If even I can pick a great sportswoman off the top of my head I have no idea what these idiots are being paid to do. No respect, no class and no idea.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Trish

    Great article, Wendy!

    Did you see that earlier this week a female colleague of Phil Rothfield’s also took exception to something he wrote? Here is a link:
    http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/behind-every-struggling-man-is-a-self-absorbed-woman/?from=puff&pos=5&referrer=article

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Kiera

    Wendy – you’re wrong. Pretty sure they came up with this idea stone cold sober and for the very reason that we’re talking about it now – free mass publicity for their failing newspaper.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    rache

    well said wendy. loving hoopla….

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Ian

    “As a sports-mad nation, Australia’s female athletes are our crowning glory!”

    How true that is…. great rebuttal Wendy…

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Cathryn

    How can these assholes survive the recent purges? Obviously news needs to continue firing deadwood.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    ally

    I noticed an article in the MX newspaper where they were summing up some sportsmen over the past year and what christmas presents they would give them (I didn’t read it as I thought it was stupid and sexist) – and yes I say sportsman because no sportswomen were included in the article except once again for the horse – the only female to make it.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Daryl Adair

    Much earlier comment from Annabel Crabb: “In many ways, Black Caviar is a perfectly good example of elite Australian sportswomanship” http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/rowing-row-rocks-the-womens-boat-20120602-1zoew.html

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Daryl Adair

    In January 2011: “A major US sports site has sparked controversy – by listing a horse at No 4 among a list of top women’s sports stories”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jan/03/espn-women-sport-zenyatta

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Stuart charlton

    HaHa… Jealous Wendy? It’s About time the Horse got some credit… Good on Black Caviar…. Sooner see her Lomg face in the media than Gai Waterhouses……..

    • Reply December 23, 2012

      Paul Hancock

      Why would we expect any thing more from the rag that employs pompous Piers and Miranda Devain? They are writing for their target audience. Next they will bring back the page 3 filly.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Will Marsall

    See, this is why we all love ya Wendy,Great articles like this one, sticking it to the giant tools!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    SawHole

    Newspaper sports departments are colonized by sexists.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    carole/m

    Way to go Wendy.

    Best way to fix these dickheads up is don’t buy the Daily Telegraph or any other newspaper that refuses to report Womens Sport .

    In fact Destroy the Joint should have a go at this.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Douggyi

    Maybe Buzz could start writing for the NRA as well.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Sue Pearse

    My mother, Lesley Cook, was a well known advocate for womens’ sports in Brisbane in the 70s, until her premature death in 1980 at age 49. In fact she was “fortunate” to be offered a 3.5 minute segment on womens’ sport on the weekly 1.5 hour weekly Channel 7 show “Sportscene”. The tv studio on a Sunday morning was a side-show of pumped up (beer bellied) sexist bullies, engaging in the universal sport of sneering and ogling at the sports women Lesley would invite to appear on her brief spot.

    God I wish she was alive to read Wendy’s priceless piece on the crap that sports women are still hammered with by bloated bloke sports writers.

    On the other hand I reckon she’d be disgusted and devastated to find that nothing has changed since the late 70’s when she was our greatest champion of the promotion of women in sport, despite constant ridicule and belittlement from male sports “celebrities” of the day.

    Can women change this? I think so. DON”T MARRY THESE MEN. And if you are married to them, DIVORCE THEM.

    Can we at least please raise our sons to show due respect to everyone including themselves, and to not join in the bigoted boys’ clubs that find this crap humorous. And to our daughters – teach them to keep up the hard fight and take no prisoners.

    Well, now I’ve got that off my chest. Thanks Wendy for raising my lagging spirits on this warm Brisbane Sunday afternoon. Love your work.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Monte

    Brilliant Wendy. This has to be a contender for next year’s Ernies, in a year that’s provided so many top contenders. Sigh.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Chris

    Black Caviar is the most significant athlete of the year, male or female, human or non-human.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Marisha Steen

    Bloody well said Wendy. THANK YOU!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Lou

    Goosebumps. Thankyou, Wendy.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Paul - The Kind Little Blogger

    You said “fuck” in this article. I’m impressed. I think I will follow this “The Hoopla” thing more closely.

    I’m a man, Wendy. I’m sorry about the rednecks. I’m ashamed of my manness sometimes. :(

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Bec

    Thanks for this article, Wendy. It is gobsmacking that it needed to be written but you have done so with quite some style!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Melissa

    Very well written article – there are many deserving female athletes in this country who deserve recognition such as those you’ve mentioned and ladies like Elise Perry – can you name a man who currently represents his country in cricket and soccer/football??? Of course not. How about Lauren Jackson who not only carried our flag but also did a little bit of breaking point scoring records at the Olympics!! The bottom
    Line is the article was written by a man and its clear these hilarious so called sports journalists would never make the same mistake with naming the sportsman of the year. It’s insane that in 2012 female athletes still have to fight to be not be a “joke”. I work in Sport and today I’m embarrassed to be a part of this industry in Australia

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Katie P

    Beautifully said Wendy. I am so mad about this. On top of all the reasons this is a massive fucking insult to all our amazing women athletes, it’s also just stupid. A mare might be female but it’s no more a “woman” than a stallion is a “man”. Those titles are reserved for human beings.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Melissa

    And by the way Chris – it’s a horse not and athlete! It can win “horse” races not athletic events. It’s not human therefore not eligibile to win SportsWOMAN of the year. Not sure you understand the biological differences between a horse and a person!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Lois

    Terrific piece Wendy. Thank you, as ever for you your wit and passion. I am absolutely tired of the lack of quality coverage of all women’s sport in this country. Female athletes only make news if they are wearing skimpy little cossies. Surely we should demand better of our media. Until we do, we will continue to let sexist “journalists” and commentators get away with rubbish like voting for a horse as the female athlete of the year. It’s just part of the larger picture in Australia of a complete lack of respect for women and the magnificent achievements of women in this country.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Derp

    its just sports. not like its anything that matters

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    DP

    I see the Daily Telegraph has now devalued the Honour of an award for Women. Like nearly everything the MSM do , they devalue it, and themselves along the way.

    I wouldnt be surprised if is a nasty way for the Telegraph to get back at Women & the power Ms Gillard has given them over the last few months. #Destroyingthejoint

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    DP

    I tell you what. At Least people can laugh AT the Daily Telegraph.
    When tweets are coming through like this..’When asked how many world surfing championships she had won, Layne Beachley stamped her foot 7 times. ‘

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Marianne de Pierres

    Thank you Wendy!

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Debbie Spillane

    Wendy, when Buzz Rothfield told you to “pull your head in” he thought you were wearing a bridle like a normal woman.

    But, to be fair, like many male sports journos he’s been hanging out with boys so long he’s not really sure what a “woman” is.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Hilary

    That @buzzrothfield and his journos can buzz off as far as I’m concerned! ! Can’t get a job in proper journalism obviously! They probably didn’t even realise what they were doing, what’s more! #sadly

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    cathy

    Great article. I look forward to the day netball gets some publicity.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Veggie Mama

    Nailed it, Wendy.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Ros

    Bravo Wendy – so well said –
    Sad how those dickheads don’t even know what they’re doing.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    DJ

    Thank you Wendy. Such a pathetic decision by sad little men at the Daily Telegraph.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Sam

    Beautifully put Wendy. What a bunch of knuckle dragging morons at the Daily Telegraph.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Sharon

    Great stuff Wendy. This had to be said. The female athletes mentioned in your piece are too humble to take the stand you have.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Neine

    I can’t believe that Buzz told you to pull your head in Wendy. It’s revolting. But now it is not just about horses and sports. It’s about men claiming their piss poor attitudes to women is all just harmless fun. I just posted this comment to the Daily Telegraph but they won’t have the guts to publish:

    “It is disgusting and humourless to equate women and horses. I’ve been watching the commentary all day. But what is more disgusting is that every time a comment is made talking about women and respect, there are 50 comments telling that person “it’s just a joke”, they’re “overreacting” and to “lighten up”.

    Well, next time a female friend tells you she is uncomfortable at a guy leering at her and making comments about her body – why don’t you just tell her to lighten up and get over it.

    Next time your sister calls you at night because she is scared of the men following her in their car and calling her degrading names from the window – just tell her she’s overreacting and hang up on her.

    And, next time your girlfriend tells you that a male aquaintence sexually assaulted her after she had a few drinks – just tell her it’s all harmless fun and enjoy it.

    You might as well. Because every time someone tells a woman to “pull her head in” when all she is asking for is that women, whether sportspeople or not, are treated with respect, you’re also telling men that as long as they say “but it’s just a joke” afterwards they can treat women anyway they want.

    Enough.”

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Fairy The Green One

    So now I have to wear a saddle, champ on a bit- and carry a bloke on my back over the finish line whilst being flogged- in order to be recognised as a successful sportswoman in Australia.
    No, I don’t think so.
    I much prefer it on top. Ladies we must take the reins, keep riding our own races and NOT let go, no matter what.

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Rhoda

    Misogyny anyone?

  • Reply December 23, 2012

    Cam Gould

    Very well said. These old-school out-of-touch cronies can retire now, please.

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    pete

    To premise my response, I don’t believe horse racing is a sport and I don’t think horses are athletes. Horses and humans should never be put in the same list of best athletes.

    I don’t know the journalists who came up with the list as I don’t read that paper and I’m not from NSW. The most interesting question for me would be that if it was a male horse who has had the results of BC, would that horse have been named sportsmen of the year? I have a strong suspicion that it would have been!

    Black Caviar is a once in a generation horse whose record in horse racing is phenomenal. You think how revered phar lap is and was and BC is not too far behind.

    Personally I don’t think the journalists were being overly sexist in coming up with their list. Just stupid! They probably have a huge interest in horse racing also.

    Coverage of women’s sport in the msm is extremely poor and needs to increase, but it is a simple fact that in general people would rather watch the top level of males in sport compared to females. I will get criticised for this statement. Look at tennis for example and compare attendance and tv audience numbers of like for like matches. Male matches are ahead by a fair way the majority of the time

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  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Sharon

    Go Wendy, well said!!!

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Jen

    Well that’s that’s the last on the list, then – I now boycott buying every Australian newspaper in disgust. Living the dream here, with a life free of inane journalism, and with the Hoopla and Crikey for company. #breathes sigh of relief

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Gemma

    I disagree, Pete. I think it’s far more likely that if Black Caviar was male they would have added an extra category to recognise it, rather than give it “Sportsman of the Year”

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Bazza

    After the rallying cry the PM sent from Canberra and the various risings from other industries with women finding voices, awarding a women’s award to a horse undermines any momentum the movement might have had and serves to cynically generate controversy and distracting.

    Disgusting play by the Telegraph.

    However, this article claims that women athletes provide more memorable events than male athletes. I dont necessarily disagree but you give no comparative to the Cathy Freeman or the Sally Pearson victories. How is it more memorable than, say the grand slam triumphs of Pat Rafter or Leighton Hewitt? Or even the triumph of Steven Bradbury who had the expertise to stand up on his skates better than the others?

    The thing is, no victory is greater than anothers victory. There might be more narrative here and there for athletes of any gender, but there is no greater victory than every victory.

    Apart from that one bone to pick, good piece

    • Reply December 24, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Thanks, Bazza… but I did write this: “Their finest sporting moments are every bit as scintillating and memorable as any our sportsmen have provided.”
      Cheers.

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Jennifer Walters

    I hope Phil Rothfield’s wife appreciates the carrot and salt-lick he gets her for Christmas.

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    carole/m

    Congratulations Pete, YOU IDIOT.

    ” It is a simple fact that in general people would rather watch the top level of Males in sport compared to women ”

    What a ridiculous claim . Womens Sport receives virtually no coverage in newspapers, virtually no coverage on TV except the ABC

    Millions of dollars are invested in mens sport in promotion and payment for players . Women get bugger all , just ask the netballers .

    Maybe it’s about time women started to use their numbers & purchasing power to insist that companies whom they purchase certain products from , use their advertising dollars to promote Womens sport , we’ve seen what Destroy the Joint did to Allan Jones.

    .
    Millions of dollars are plowed into mens sport

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Jo

    Well done Wendy, thank you.

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Pete

    Carole, I know that my comment comes off as sexist. You raise valid points about exposure, advertising dollars and payment of males in sport.

    I watch women’s sport. I follow WTA tour as much as the ATP tour, I have been to several Melbourne Vixens games, Sally Pearson was our best athlete this year, I watch WNBA games and I support equal pay in grand slam tennis.

    But when it comes down to it, male athletes are physically stronger, more agile, more explosive in their power and faster when you compare like for like male and female athletes participating in the same sport.

    • Reply December 25, 2012

      Stella

      Pete, although you make a sort of apology for coming across as sexist, I’m sorry but with your continued ‘contribution’ you seem to be a male chauvisnist, sexist and self-centred so-and-so. What you’ve written, and you may be laughing now, is a load of crap! My father, a classic ‘chauvinist’, sired 4 sons, and me, but much prefers watching women soccer players, cricketers, etc. due to their intelligence, skill and professionalism. Have a laugh but its your CRAP, and not humble admiration, that added to the toilet!

  • Reply December 24, 2012

    Pete

    Sorry I pressed publish before I finished.

    So in the sporting world where faster, higher, stronger is the mantra, a male would beat the female in a contest if physicality came into it (comparing the #1 male/#1 female in a sport.

    Look at the most popular sport in the world, football (any code ie. Soccer, rugby league, rugby union, gridiron, Aussie rules). You ask the majority of people whether they would rather watch the highest level of male or female competition in “football” and they would answer male.

    If people were being completely honest, that would be their answer.

    So with the increased popularity brings more money, advertising, sponsorship, exposure and coverage.

    This does not mean women’s sport should be ignored or pushed out of the media. I strongly agree that their needs to be a big increase of the coverage of women’s sport in the msm.

  • Reply December 25, 2012

    carole/m

    Pete.
    If I start writing on this subject I’ll never stop.

    Do yourself a favor next time Australia v New Zealand in Womens Netball & buy a ticket.

    You might need to take a small hand towel along to wipe the blood off the floor.

  • Reply December 25, 2012

    John

    Honestly, Wendy, for someone who called the 2DayFM prank callers “legends”, don’t you think it’s a bit rich for you to be getting on your moral high horse (pardon the pun) over this?

  • Reply December 25, 2012

    ken

    Great stuff Wendy, but what else would you expect from a rag that employs Piers Ackerman and is Tony Abbott’s PR machine

  • Reply December 25, 2012

    Kathy

    I was shocked that they awarded sportsman to Michael Clarke… But really Black Caviar’s inclusion was a ploy to attract the attention of DtJ, vicarious fame, but fame none the less.
    I remember the opening of the Sydney Olympics when the end of the torch relay became a celebration of the Aussies who have won the bulk of the medals since the birth of the modern Olympics … WOMEN

  • Reply December 26, 2012

    mikey

    cory bernardi reads the article and his head explodes

  • Reply December 26, 2012

    DP

    Can’t wait to see which Boat from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race wins the SportsMan of the Year.

    • Reply December 26, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Except boats are “she”, so with Wild Thing looking like she’s kicked out maybe “Worst Sportswoman of the Year”?

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Genevieve

    Agree, it’s barely amusing and thoroughly insulting. They would never have deprived an actual man of a prize for the sake of such a weak joke. But for a women to miss out, no big deal, it seems. And this in an Olympic year too, with so many deserving achievements.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Bluey

    There was an old hack called Buzz
    Who had the intellectual depth of fuzz

    His eyesight was weak and his perception worse
    So much so that he mistook a woman for a horse

    The poor chap had trouble recognising sports women
    But glasses won’t fix his bias for horses and men

    Yes folks, Hooray for Buzz, hooray at last
    He’s a horse’s arse

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    jack

    Hey Wendy, have you ever stopped to wonder why, eg, Sports Awards like these are given? Ever stopped to think that men AND A HELLAVA LOT OF WOMEN (my mum included) get so sick and fuckin tired of bleaters like you harping on about Women’s Rights and how they’re (Women) are constantly being put down? Ever stopped to think how many rights Women have over Men in the Family Law Courts? Ever stopped to think how Men are shit scared now to even help change their childrens nappies because of arse-holes like that so-called Women’s Right Advocate openly stating (on Sunrise earlier in the year) that her studies (???????) have found that inside every Man lurks a Sexual Predator? Ever stopped to wonder why the old days of opening a car door or the door to a building for a woman is now nearly something that’s extinct? Ever stopped to realise that it’s women like you (according to my Mum and my Wife) that has been the sole problem of why men have lost respect for women? Ever thought of getting a job in a Mute Factory for a while?
    I think the reason the Daily Telegraph has ran a story like this is a tongue-in-cheek shot at getting rid of a lot of old mares for a new mare in the hopes the old pedantic woe-is-me stories spread by women like yourself will piss-off and some new neighs might lighten things up a bit.
    Dunno which TV and Radio Stations you listen to but the ones I have give every coverage to genders equally. It’s an offence not to equally cover All Sports With All Genders. Commercial Stations can lose their licences if caught favouring one side over the other so there’s your argument shot to the shit-house already.
    Have you ever stopped to think?

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Wendy Harmer

    Thanks, Jack, but in my 15 years for working in radio I have never heard of any law, regulation or guideline that mandates male and female sport have to be given equal air time. There isn’t one, as far as I know.
    I’d be very interested if you can point me in the right direction.
    In fact, right now I am hosting on ABC radio in Sydney and the sports reports are dominated by male sports. There’s no argument from me here – these are the results and commentary people want to hear.
    And if you think old mares like me should piss off, then you don’t know a lot about younger women who are even more determined to break the old stereotypes.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Mizu Kuma

    Drum Roll Please!!!!!

    And, Wanker of The Year goes to……….

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Mizu Kuma

    Oh, and I know who the whip should be used on too!!!!!

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Jack

    No probs Wendy.
    I just reckon it’s time that people stopped bitching and got back to patting each other on the back when a job is well done. Dont you think there’s been enough of the slanging matches?
    As for the younger women jumping on your band-wagon, then why the hell are younger women getting pissed off when they get put down for showing their wares in eg: Hookers Balls, wearing mini skirts in TV Ads and every other time they feel proud of their bodies but get told off by “Women protecting women” groups?
    Instead of knocking a clear-cut joke about a bloody Racehorse, why dont you get onto things like why are Illegal Immigrants cared for far greater by our gutless Govt; then they care for our own Homeless Kiddies and Aged?
    Get onto a subject that actually might do some good for our own people (Female and Male)?
    As for which Channels to search for Female Sports then maybe you’ll have to get away from ABC every now and then, they are out there.
    My old Mare nags the shit out of me but I love her dearly and just like any great Sportswoman she loves to go in to bat for me then give me a bit of stick whenever she can sneak up me. She’s a Nurse and she has a ball. I’m also the Boss of our household and I have her permission to say so.
    We all now know why the World never ended on 12/12/12 because Germaine Greer found the Mayan Calender and burnt the bloody thing.
    Have a great Chrissy break Wendy and I wish you a pisser of a 2013.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Bruceatsea

    Add Adrienne Cahalan,,on the leading Sydney Hobart yacht for the umpteenth time, and fastest yachtswoman to circumnavigate.
    Well said Wendy. Thank goodness those buff heads don’t site for our paper. I’d organise a demonstration.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    carole/m

    Jack , read my lips, Fuck Off.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    shaz

    Carole/m,
    Amazingly it doesn’t matter how much normal women don’t often answer people like yourself but when you tell a man to fuck-off who is one of the many thousands of men that appear to be the ones that people like you are afraid of, you know the ones, the ones who treat their women with respect, equality and genuine love, I couldn’t help but lower myself to reply to your comment about my husband with the response “Before he can read your lips, maybe you should have a shave”.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    JC

    Geez someone tell the angry lesbian brigade to settle down.
    Firstly, with regard to ‘attracting sponsorship’ etc, surely the onus is on the women to constantly work to achieve a higher status. it is not some god-given passage that all sports get the millions on offer. get off your leisel jones-sized arses and meet some people with power and money and make things better for yourself.
    Secondly, if women are good enough to get into the media they can. Women call the soccer for the BBC and even that useless old bint rebecca wilson gets multiple gigs in the media – if she can do it then anyone can.
    And finally, Ms harmer, all you are doing is fuelling the fire by writing this article. you have done exactly what the authors wanted, creating more hype and interest in the article and getting more people to read their website.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    carole/m

    Shaz ,
    Nice to see The Old Mare has permission to speak , it seems Jack feels it’s OK to slag women off & Wendy in particular . Sounds to me like he’s ready for the Knackery.

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    David M

    This is an example of why women struggle to get the recognition they might deserve.. because of the tongue in cheek way Ms Harmer advances her own career by tweaking the small percentage of women who are losers but love to spread their righteous indignation as in most of the comments above.

    The media will follow money and if/when the audience for any particular newspaper, magazine, radio station or TV organisation find that reading about womens sporting heros and events is equally interesting to any other events then maybe the screaming harpies above will stop doing the constant damage to ‘women’ by making rational people want to vomit.

    Wendy H, you deserve many accolades for your excellent contributions through media/entertainment over the years, I am a fan.. but I wish you wouldn’t further your career by stirring up these female ‘victims’ quite so often and get back to stuff that everyone can enjoy :)

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    shaz

    One last retort to you Carole, after you finish your shave grab some paper towel and with a little bit of Windex, wipe your glasses too.
    Read what Jack said, dont misinterpret it or add your own vitriole to it, just read what he actually says.
    People like yourself and Wendy do not represent the majority of us women, never ever think that you do.
    Little known to you Jack has been a touring Musician between Aus and the USA for many years, he is known for his compassion, his sensitvity but above all he is known for straightness and unbiasness in his verse. Most songs on his latest album to be realeased deal with the horrors of forced circumcision on female genetalia. When its released you all will know, do the right thing for once and go and buy Jack L Black’s new album “Tiny Bubbles”.
    Here’s your chance to get off the lemsips Carole, dont let it pass you buy. Goodbye now and if you ever want to step up to the real world, I’ll welcome you.
    Shaz, the contented old mare.

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    carole/m

    Dear Shaz

    Unlike you, I don’t claim to represent anyone , just, me , myself & I.

    Thanks for the heads up on Jack’s new album, I’ll make sure to give that a miss.

  • Reply December 28, 2012

    carole/m

    I’m sure Jack’s a legend in his own mind but I can’t say I’ve ever heard of him.

    As for your claim Shaz, that you speak for real women who live in the real world , that’s delusional at best.

  • Reply December 29, 2012

    shaz

    I’m just a nurse Carole, an RN for the past 20yrs caring and listening to everyone from A & E to Aged Care, I’ve heard a lot of comments on a million subjects over this time but that is part of my job. I’ve nursed and cared for people like yourself, albeit in a seperate ward. I’ve been abused by the best of them Carole but having people knock you to the point of where they actually believe in what they’re saying is part of how a nurse learns to read into people to determine the best way to care for them. A person in denial is always the hardest one to work with but with persistence we get there in the end.
    I, like all other nurses, learn to read into people by the way they speak, the way they write, the way they draw sketches and/or pictures and even by how certain words can trigger them.
    I dont believe it would be any good to tell you which TV channels, websites or Youtube video’s that you can find Jack on, I don’t believe it’s any good to tell you that I do speak for the majority of women because your in denial Carole, what I can tell you is that I care. The only thing I really can tell you is read back through what Jack said to the part “isn’t it time we stopped knocking each other and get on with the important things like caring for each other”
    If you still persist with writing your dribble then hopefully your little group of friends will stick by you, the only warning I can give you is that if you do persist with your negativety more than just nurses might start reading into you.
    Take care Carole, but if you cant take care then simply take someone else.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    ro.watson

    Phewy~what is sport? I need to take a few deep breaths. Power and explosive force might be wanted in some sports~ in others it is agility. I like Black Caviar’s cheeky looks and ways and honour her runs. However, she is not a “sportswoman”. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t mind seeing free to air roller derby….

  • Reply January 1, 2013

    carole/m

    Shaz
    Sorry for the delay in replying but was busy with family over Xmas.
    I’ve taken your advice &re-read Jack’s words.
    I suggest you get down from your Ivory Tower & do the same.
    Just a few quotes that I found offensive. –

    Jack is ” sick & fuckin’ tired of bleaters like you ” – (Wendy).
    Jack hopes ” that women like you (Wendy), will piss off ”
    Jack refers to Womens Rights Advocates as ” arseholes “.
    Jacks reference to “Illegal Immigrants” has racist overtones. These people are Asylum Seekers & they have a legal right to seek asylum in Australia . They are returned to their “place of origin” if they are not Legal.

    As for your reference to me shaving, I’m not sure but I presume that’s a Lesbian reference. I’m not – but all women Lesbian or Other are entitled to speak out for ” Equal Human Rights ” & to be treated with respect & dignity.

    I’m not afraid of men like Jack , just sick of their know-all arrogance.

    I won’t change my initial succinct response ; in hindsight it seems appropriate .

    I will not respond further

  • Reply January 2, 2013

    ro.watson

    On the subject of hair~ that expression “by a hair’s breadth”. I know this might be a frightening subject for some~ but women do grow hair~ ever seen that film “Fried Green Tomatoes”? Oh yes, for some happy helper to come clip. And I would feel sorry for a horse who had to undergo waxing~not on~ I think that would amount to cruelty~I would also feel sorry for a woman of distinct achievements, who was rejected as a “sportswoman of the year” because she had a few hairs on her chin(or elsewhere). Fair go judges. Oh yeah~ I get hairless men in the pool adds to their aqua propulsion,and yip they have been rewarded(back then). Meanwhile, come on hairy women of Australia. Maybe within the next decade~ it could be a fashion statement~ or a headline~ women grow hairs!! Do we not know that women grow hair already?

  • Reply January 3, 2013

    corrimal kid

    Shut up the lot of you.
    Sport ,male or female ,is only as important as we let it be.
    If you want to fix the world try to “shoot some of the messangers”the media ,radio,tv.press etc are all in a race to the bottom of what was once journalism.
    Today our media are the garbage in -garbage out purveyors and we don’t have to put up with it any longer.We can escape online and find a balance to the bullshit.
    Back to the womens issue for a moment…..you guys control the billions of dollars in weekly spending..you have the power..you have the influence..stop whinging and do something.(don’t buy the Telegraph)

  • Reply January 3, 2013

    ro.watson

    The decision to award best sportswoman of the year to our dear Black Caviar is self-evidently stupid, and dare I say”unfunny” even as I have trod and nay sloped in silliness, in a playful way.

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