What has been your experience with gendered criticism as it comes to being a woman "in sports"? Do you get creeps on twitter, and what do you think is the proper response to them? I sometimes see women sports writers I greatly admire call it out when it seems to me rewarding them by paying the slightest attention to it. (Then I feel like a bad feminist). I wonder if you have any opinion on the whole "retweet the haters to shame them" thing. (I admit that I wish that whole trend would go away).
To be honest, I don’t get it that often, or at least, not in the amount I see people RT haters or people being jerks to them. Not in comments and not on Twitter.
It helps that for years I was at women-centric sites, my own personal site, and yes, Kissing Suzy Kolber. (The one time someone ever tried to start something there, the person in question unfortunately thought Tunison had written the post and they were resoundingly punished by the KSK Kommeriat for what they perceived as misogyny towards me. The readers over there have been great and very welcoming this season, more than I could have ever hoped for.) If I wrote more for sites like SBN, Yahoo(!), SI, NBC where it’s less of a little clubhouse and more of the ALL CAPS COMMENTERZ, I am sure I would see more of it.
I don’t like when anyone regardless of gender or orientation RTs their haters. It’s noise that brings you down if you allow it and shouting at them how they are wrong doesn’t do anything positive, it just creates an internet lynch mob. When I do get sexist comments, I tend to ignore it. (It helps that I’m old and have been through this in many fields over the years. You get older and are able to sort through what is worth responding to and what is a waste of your time, but again, that’s true of haterade of any flavor regardless of gender.)
Are you related to Ed Sprague? If so, sorry about that.
Nope! But funny story, when I was in college he was still playing for the Blue Jays. I had a class with a very, very dumb athlete. Some core course. Anyway, people used to come into class and ask how my dad had played the night before just to convince this kid Ed Sprague was my dad. It worked. I felt bad after a couple of weeks and told him the truth, he was embarrassed for all about ten seconds and we remained friends for some time.
what are you 3 favourite cities in the world? also why.
Los Angeles - It’s my home and I worked really hard to be here. I never wanted to live anywhere else, other than passing flirtations with New Orleans and Portland. I get defensive when people don’t see the beauty of LA and define it only by its stereotypes. I always call Los Angeles the future, the mixture of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, South American, Southeast Asia, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European, Russian, Armenian, African and European cultures and languages define us. When I worked at the voting polls last November, we had guides in twenty-plus languages, a sign that people wanted to be here. I can stare at the city lights for hours on end. I walk to do my errands, despite what people say about LA it is a very pedestrian friendly city. (Far more so than my years in South Florida, NYC, Pittsburgh and Denver.)
London - Like LA, but older. Also, Harrod’s Food Hall. Tea. I love teas, but that should be apparent based on my love of all small plate eating.
Pittsburgh - It’s where my parents are, even though they didn’t grow up there. (My dad LA, my mother a small town north of Pittsburgh.)
Since I’m generally cranky with all of the sports internet today, may as well post this thing that I put in my drafts at 5am this morning. Having my own personal Festivus Day!
Their lead editors love to bust on B/R for SEO, but the factory of sameness that can be found across the affiliate sites of SBN — most noticeably when you Google something like “offseason OTA dates” — is often just as upsetting.
The bylines change, maybe a word or two in the header paragraph, but with their uniform Pog logos it’s hard to tell one from another.
I generally like SB Nation and have worked with them in the past, but this sort of flavorless uniformity turns me off.
(Or maybe I’m still cranky because I think they did a real hackjob on football recipes for the Super Bowl by flooding the SEO pipeline with posts all over their networks that were nothing more than ingredient lists, slight directions sans pictures of the final product. That was fucking gross.)
And if I see one more person Tweet that awful Bruce Arthur wrap-up in my feed, I’m going to put a ban on all things Canadian.
6:09 AM me: Did you read it?
6:10 AM Last lines shoehorned in a dig about concussions for no earthly reason other than he felt he had to mention them.
6:11 AM And he wasn’t the only one, it’s sort of this weird de facto “well if I am going to recap this game I have to acknowledge how dangerous it is to assuage my guilt about writing about it even though I’ve been writing this same stuff for years” going on.
6:12 AM It’s the writer’s warning label on a pack of cigarettes for articles.
Had it with this half-assed nonsense, so I was being bitchy about it on IM.