Saturday, 9 July 2016
Wimbledon sexism row: Have women’s sports become today’s butt of jokes?
What do you love about watching a game? Do you love the exhilaration of a breakpoint that leaves your nerves tingling?
Do you love railing insults at the inanimate box that projects a foul against the team you support? Areyou oblivious to your surroundings while someone, in some part of the world, hits the back of a net? Do you inadvertently bite your nails, cross your fingers or jump off your couch as a batsman scrambles to toe the line just in time?
Now, imagine if the camera shifts to the cheerleaders with pom-poms, hopping on the sidelines of a stadium with plastered smiles to match their flashy clothes and pancaked faces. Or instead of focussing on the nerve-wracking moments on the court, you see a visual emphasising sportswomen’s ballooning skirts in slow motion and not the graceful shot they just attempted.