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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mike Schmidt’s Casual Sexism

McCarthy: What were you going to say, Mike? That the throw was a bar of soap that Garcia threw to home plate?

Schmidt: Well, he did kind of throw it a little… I don’t know… are you allowed to say, a little bit…

Stairs: No.

Schmidt: …girlish, so to speak?

This is sexist for a very obvious reason, one which was apparent to all three members of the broadcast booth once the words left Schmidt’s mouth. In fact, Stairs seemed to know what Schmidt was going to say when he interjected “no” before Schmidt said “a little girlish”. You could cut the awkwardness in the booth with a knife.

Calling a weak throw “girlish” implies that femininity is weak. I need not list examples of strong women because women are allowed to be weak as well as strong. Weakness is not specific to any gender. This works in the opposite direction as well: when an athlete does something that exhibits strength, we’ll laud it as manly, as if strength is something only people who identify as men can display.

The comment coming from Schmidt isn’t surprising, as baseball — as with all professional sports — has deeply entrenched misogyny.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 575 comment(s)
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