"As a woman... I always find myself wondering 'Gee. How can I enjoy a major sporting event in a more woman-y way?'" Thus begins Fox Sports anchor Katie Nolan's sarcastic takedown of a sexist article that ran on a fellow Fox site. Because even by Fox standards, the thing seriously sucked. Fortunately for us, Nolan has not only noticed, but given us the scathing take down we all wish we could deliver on air ourselves.
The piece in question, entitled "How to Land a Husband at the Masters," gives women a series of tips like "smile" and "you're not at Coachella." Though maybe the author has some good tips of how to find a husband there, too? (Starting with: do not let yourself be grouped in with the awful people wearing Native American headdresses, hopefully.) But seriously, it's pretty clear that the post, which ran on the Fox Sports blog Outkick the Coverage, was not necessary in any way, shape, or form.
Unfortunately, though, it's not the only such piece ever written. Posts that rely on sexist stereotypes and assumptions about women are common all over the Internet, not just on Fox Sports blogs. In fact, I sometimes wonder if people on the Internet are confused and think that they're actually living in the 1950s. You'd think that the presence of, you know, the Internet would clue them in, but apparently not.
Still, Katie Nolan gives us a great take down of at least one of these ridiculous pieces. It's aways nice to watch someone eviscerate a piece of stupidity all the with a smile on their face while sarcastically "agreeing" with everything. Here are some great moments from the clip.
"A lot of people are criticizing the article, saying it's out of touch, rooted in dated stereotypes, uninteresting, unfunny, and generally useless, adds nothing to the site, shouldn't exist, and is at best just click bait. But!"
"The author, Rebecca Johnson, is just trying to help aimless young females in our never ending, all-consuming quest to land a husband."
"Sure, not every woman goes to sporting events to find men. But two to three percent of women do and they deserve to have articles geared towards their interests on sports websites that they'll never visit just in case they end up there by accident!"
"On the surface it might seem like the post exists for no reason other than to stir up controversy, but I don't think a blog on FoxSports.com would do that."
It takes a lot of guts to critique your own company's sexism and... questionable... editorial practices, but we're all grateful that Nolan did. This clip is priceless, and I may or not go back and replay it every time I stumble across one of those sexist pieces that run rampant on the Internet. So... like at least once a day.