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Opinion

Letter: Gender bias

February 9, 2013

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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.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 10 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.

elliottaw 1 year, 10 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.

Fred Mertz 1 year, 10 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.

msezdsit 1 year, 10 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.

windjammer 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't tell me which sport I should support.

elliottaw 1 year, 10 months ago

No one is saying who you should support, simply commenting that the newspaper which is supposed to be unbiased is clearly not, they only show strong support and coverage for really two sports teams, KU Football and Mens Basketball. But this is very prevalent in our society, these sports are over hyped and people made to believe they should think very highly of them and the rest of collegiate sports are more just like a hobby. These athletes are given special treatment and handouts and put on some pedestal. What people don't get is that all college athletes are the same, they all work hard for their particular sport and if you are going to go and cover any of them you should treat them fairly, don't force feed the public with these two sports 24/7 and then make a comment that some of the other sports have small crowds, which is to be expected if they are never covered, if nothing is done to promote them people will not flock to them. The KU football team is terrible and is showing no signs of turning that around in the near future but guess what, its still just a college sport, at the end of the day weather they win or lose it makes no impact to the rest of the world.

livinginlawrence 1 year, 10 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.

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