Reader’s Comment: Wrong number, O2

In response to Kathy Gyngell: Feminist fantasy on the sports field, and a red card for motherhood, James60498 wrote:
 
I got an e-mail from O2 thanking me for supporting the women's rugby team.
But I didn't support them.
Clearly that's not allowed, but I will tell O2 anyway.
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  • paul parmenter

    A few days back I was watching a news channel when it was announced that one Alex Scott, the Arsenal captain, was retiring from international football after winning 140 caps for England.

    I was rather startled by this, because although I am far from a sports expert or a diehard footie fan, I am not entirely ignorant about the subject, or the Arsenal and England teams. But I had never heard of Alex Scott. And yet the guy had won 140 caps? I figured that had to be a record. Surely more than Wayne Rooney, or Peter Shilton, or Bobby Moore, or any of those other England legends? So who on earth was Alex Scott, and why had he been invisible to me for all these years? The item went on about this phenomenal player and all his achievements and records until, a minute or two in, it quoted Scott as saying “Ever since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of representing my country…”

    Then the penny dropped. Alex Scott is a woman, and her appearances were for the Arsenal and England Ladies teams. But this was not specified, and you had to get far into the item for the little giveaway about her sex, which floated in almost as an afterthought. This sounded strange, until I reflected on just how intensely the media are pushing women’s sport these days. So much so, that it seems they are actively trying to “big up” sporting females and turn them into just as much “household names” as their male counterparts. To the TV channel concerned, it really seemed to make no difference whether a player was male or female. They and their achievements were given equal status.

    Sorry, but no. I am sure Alex Scott has been admirable in the women’s game; but there is no comparison with how the men play, and she will never be a Rooney, a Shilton or a Moore. Records in the women’s game are not to be put on a par with, or above, those in the men’s game.

    • Davidsb

      Hi Paul –

      …and she will never be a Rooney…

      We should all hope and pray not!

      ;¬)

    • Roland Piano

      Ahh.. Shilton.. Keegan… didn’t he? Small boys… in the park… jumpers for goalposts… enduring image.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Still, 140 caps IS 140 caps, and you’ll need to convince me that she earned them more in the failure of anyone to displace her than that it’s her stellar play as wot dun it.

      In other words, worthy of mention, perhaps, but by no means an earth-shattering sort of announcement in any case: “Lady Gunner with 140 caps bids farewell to international footy.” There. That’s all there was to the story.