I realise this will probably sound appallingly sexist : ...and that would be because it is.
posted by rodgerd to olympics at 06:40 AM - 16 comments
Agreed. It is. And then to try and sugarcoat it at the end by saying "hey its just my opinion" urgh.
posted by Fence at 08:05 AM on August 05
I took great offense at the word "probably."
posted by rcade at 09:53 AM on August 05
Better thought process would have been to say if it bothers him that women are doing judo then maybe it should bother him that men do it too.
posted by billsaysthis at 10:21 AM on August 05
Summary: every four years the Olympics come around, and media assign their staff to speak knowledgeably on many subjects about which they know nothing -- with predictable results. Olympic judo is a competitive sport, yet he's surprised that Olympic competitors are trying to win. He equated what he saw in the match with watching a couple of drunks whale on each other outside a bar, which tells me that he's clueless about a sport form of a martial art such as judo (he'd probably be shocked also if he bothered to really watch a judo or boxing match between two men). He's sexist, all right, but that's not the end of his idiocy.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:32 PM on August 05
Perhaps Mr. Brown somehow missed a century someplace. These are the 2012 Olympic Games, not those of 1912. Should he discover beach volleyball or women's gymnastics, he very well might become apoplectic.
posted by Howard_T at 02:04 PM on August 05
A fainting couch could help Mr. Brown when he watches women engage in sports too physical for his delicate nature.
posted by rcade at 02:33 PM on August 05
Should he discover beach volleyball or women's gymnastics, he very well might become apoplectic.
Nah, I doubt it. Somehow the sight of naked female skin seems to effectively blind Mr. Brown (and many other men) to the unsightly view of female athleticism. Now, if the female judoka just wore skimpier gis...
posted by lil_brown_bat at 02:58 PM on August 05
More ignorant then sexist.
posted by ic23b at 05:21 PM on August 05
"I couldn't help wondering about their soft limbs battered black and blue with bruises." I believe if he saw their bodies he would shrink with fear.
posted by jjzucal at 07:17 PM on August 05
Olympic trolling in the British press is so start of last week.
posted by etagloh at 09:02 PM on August 05
Ah, the Daily Telegraph.
/You should have warned me before I opened the link. I suppose that now shows up on their hits, so they can bill advertisers for more revenue.
posted by owlhouse at 11:48 PM on August 05
Crap, wrong thread.
posted by goddam at 01:16 AM on August 06
One of the fircest fights I've ever seen was between two girls on the playground when I was in 8th grade. That was back in the dinosaur days of 1952. Not even the boys wanted to try to braek it up. Finally two teachers came out and after a genuine struggle got them separated. Brown would have been horrified, but it impressed all the kids who gathered to witness it. No mat, no gloves, no referee, just two girls pulling hair biting and punching s&*t out of each other and no "quit" in either of them. Later in life I played judo to the extent of achieveing a brown belt. Trust me, judo is a tough and demanding sport and you can be injured but I wouldn't have wanted a part of either of those girls that day. Yep, girls can be as tough as guys and I applaud them for their grit, atleticism and determination. It is indeed 2012.
posted by wildbill1 at 09:10 AM on August 06
Mr. Brown will be clutching his pearls in horror when he realizes that women's boxing starts today.
posted by grum@work at 09:25 AM on August 06
The scariest fight I saw in high school was between two girls. And by scariest I mean hottest.
posted by rcade at 10:02 AM on August 06
Once Mr. Brown has finished watching athletic ladies diving about on the sand in bikinis, he should take a right out of Horse Guards, then a left toward the river and look for the statue on the steps down to the embankment.
Boudica certainly wasn't the first lady to get into a fight, but we'll break him in gently.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:05 AM on August 06
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