Archive for Saturday, February 9, 2013

Letter: Gender bias

February 9, 2013


To the editor:

Matt Tait did a fine job of describing last Saturday’s “‘big, big, big’ win” for Kansas University women in Manhattan. Yet, the layout of his work in Sunday’s paper was shamefully dwarfed by the “more important” news of the men’s loss here at home! The women’s victory was totally missing from the front page while a crowd of fans in Allen Fieldhouse got front and center attention for merely sitting there, stunned by the loss.

How wonderful it would have been to see the excitement of KU fans in Manhattan, thrilled with the win! The gender bias is striking in the wallet-size picture of our heroines near the bottom of the sports page vs. the more than 60 square inches of the men’s last-ditch efforts. These guys stole the women’s thunder in the news coverage while disappointing so many people who likely have not even noticed the problem!

These observations aren’t just about gender bias. They serve, also, to illustrate the cry in our world for an emphasis on the victories, rather than the tragedies, in matters much more serious than sports. As a newcomer to Lawrence, a person who came here because of the progressiveness of this city, and as a member of the Hardwood Club, I expected more.


livinginlawrence 1 year, 2 months ago

The phrase "it is what it is" sure would seem to apply here. Consumers consume what they are interested in consuming, and media outlets such as the Journal World tend to catch on and act accordingly. It comes down to what MOST people in Lawrence are MOST interested in, sad as it may be to some.


windjammer 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't tell me which sport I should support.


msezdsit 1 year, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, success brings support. When the womens program can boast the success that the mens program has then maybe your lte may be appropriate. Otherwise its sour grapes. I don't think you should be putting the womens team up against the mens team, it isn't really fair to the women.

I go to the womens games because I can get tickets to those games. They work very hard and play very hard and I find them very entertaining, but there are still plenty of tickets available at game time.


Brock Masters 1 year, 2 months ago

There are lots of activities that receive no or limited press coverage. It isn't about gender but instead about what the paper believes its readers want to read about.

Watch the coverage on gymnastics and see which events get the majority of the coverage. I can tell you its not the men. Same goes for figure skating.


elliottaw 1 year, 2 months ago

The media loves to continue the stereotype that sports is a man's world they give little to no coverage to anything but men's basketball and football both programs which are losing money hand or fist. Everyday there are 2-3 articals about the men and maybe one small article on another sport hidden somewhere else.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

Have you ever heard the old expression "he who owns the gold makes the rules"? Men's basketball owns the gold at KU. If you compare and contrast a men's and women's basketball game at AFH, you will understand. Not to worry though, as a "progressive", you will be pleased with the LJW's daily bashing of Gov. Brownback above the fold!


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 2 months ago

You are right about that. But, then you don't hear about the rowing team, or baseball, volleyball, etc. You would think that mens basketball is the only game at KU.


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