Katie Hopkins: Men need new balls

My thanks to all the people who’ve sent links to the row over statements by Raymond Moore, CEO of the Indian Wells tennis tournament, later taken up by Novak Djokovic and others.

Moore had the temerity to point out the blindingly obvious – that in mixed tennis tournaments, the women’s prize money should be less than the men’s, because revenues from ticket sales, television subscribers etc. are far higher for the men’s game than for the women’s game. And because women play far fewer games – in part because their matches consist of a minimum of two out of three sets, the men’s matches a minimum of three out of five sets, 50% more – in tournaments women find so physically undemanding that top female players can often make additional money from doubles matches during the same tournament.

Ridiculous comments from top female players included some from women’s world number one player, Serena Williams, who said Moore’s comments were, ‘offensive and very, very, very, very, very unintelligent.’

Unintelligent? What sort of a weasel word is that, in the context of women getting the same prize money as men, when their matches attract lower revenues, and require less effort? It’s nothing more than a shaming tactic. ‘Intelligent’ people would evidently demand women have the same prize money as men, because vagina.

The solution seems obvious to me. Let’s end the segregation of sports into men’s and women’s variants – the latter usually being as interesting to watch as the drying of paint – and just have:


I awoke to the inevitable news that Raymond Moore had resigned. I think we should leave the final words on the matter – for this year, anyway – to Katie Hopkins.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • She’s marvellous. And a very brave lady; recently undergone experimental brain surgery in the hope it will alleviate her epilepsy.
    But anyway, she’s right; I assumed the BBC has been promoting women’s sport because it’s cheap, as well as PC. But they’ll never get me putting down a good Victorian adventure story to look at it; may as well save the electricity.

  • We’re starting to see push-back all over the place now. Maybe the tide is starting to turn.

  • All this reminded me of a QI episode involving our good friend Sandi Toksvig.

    Fry: What is unfair about the prize money given at Wimbledon?

    Toksvig: Nothing now is there?

    Great seeing the 2 women squirm when Stephen Fry gives them the facts.

    Starts at 40:54