In light of the recent ‘Richard Keys and Andy Gray’ sexism row in the media, it has inspired me to write a blog.
Sky Chief’s are speaking out today calling it ‘totally unacceptable’ and ‘against everything Sky Sports stands for’ However, Sky TV broadcasts dozens of soft porn channels every night with young girls writhing about onscreen. Surely the comments that were made, were just a bit of stereotypical banter?
Personally, as a young woman, I think that Richard and Andy shouldn’t have been punished. I’m sure if you were to ask their wives, they aren’t sitting at home every night asking to be waited on ‘because you are my wife and as a woman it is your duty!’
Does the UK no longer have a sense of humour?
I can understand if the comments were said directly to Sian Massey... for example: ‘You do not know the offside rule, you shouldn’t be here’... and even then, this may be punishable for ‘offensive behaviour’ but should definitely not be seen as Sexism. The fact that Sexism still exists as a form of insult is beyond me.
Women put men down... and Men put women down. Sian Massey has probably said to her friends that ‘Andy gray is a chubby, balding old fart who doesn’t know a thing about ironing’ Does that mean she would be sacked for being sexist in implying that men cant iron?
The fact it was OFF AIR and between two friends, I can’t help but think there is more to it.
A lot of people will disagree with me, and I’m eager to hear people’s thoughts but surely this was a bit of banter and not intended to offend. I work in an office full of men... God forbid if Sky was running our company, we would have no staff left!
We are living in the 21st century... where women earn equal salaries, go back to work after childbirth, have house-husbands, play football and hold some of the most powerful positions in the country. Surely we don’t have to carry on fighting for our independence when we have proven our equality.
I’ve heard a few people comparing Sexism to Racism which I think is very unfair too. Racism is still a very active problem and should be punishable but my view is that sexism is an opinion and everyone is entitled to one. How many times have you mocked your other half’s cooking? How many times have you compared your intelligence to theirs? How many times has a man questioned your motorbike knowledge? Everyone is different... we all have different talents and abilities, to put these into just two categories (Men vs. Women) is wrong.
It’s too easy for comments to be shoved on top of the Sexism pile. Men will always say things to put us down, its part of our history. Women have fought for years to get equal rights! – The fact is their boss is probably a woman who is three times as powerful as they are.
After speaking to a few people, I was slightly nervous about writing this blog but then thought....
Sod it. I’m entitled to my opinion as a WOMAN so I’ll put it out there....
Sky TV eat your heart out!