BBC cheers on parasitic sportswomen receiving equal pay for unequal performance

Our thanks to Jeff for this piece by two female BBC journalists. Why does it so often take two women to do the work of one man? When I was a schoolboy 40+ years ago, most teachers were men, and there was no need for Teaching Assistants. Since the time that most teachers were women, Teaching Assistants have been required – and needless to say, that line of work is close to being a female monopoly. I digress.

From the article:

Ivan Peter Khodabakhsh, chief executive of the Ladies European (golf) Tour, said he was still striving for parity in prize money.

“We are extremely proud of the significant strides which have been made in redressing the gender imbalance in prize money across the whole of sport over the last three years,” he told BBC Sport.

“Knowing the reality in the market, however, I would question that 80% of sports have equal prize money. We believe there is still a significant gap between the treatment of men’s and women’s events. More needs to be done from a social perspective to improve the perception of women’s sport and the financial rewards.” [J4MB: WHY does more need to be done?]…

European Solheim Cup captain Annika Sorenstam said women’s golf was “doing a good job” but that players would continue to “work hard” to address the disparity.

She added: “Sport is a mirror of the business world. [J4MB: No, it’s not. What an eye-wateringly stupid comparison.] Unfortunately a lot of women in the business world don’t always get paid the same as a man in the same role. [J4MB: No evidence is provided to back this assertion, possibly because it’s baseless.] We just have to continue to fight for it and hope they pay by performance and not by gender.” [J4MB: Payment by performance in sport would inevitably mean paying women less.]

She also stressed it was important to consider the impact of sponsorship, which can be higher in men’s sport because it features more prominently on television. [J4MB: It features more prominently on television because it’s more exciting and watchable, and therefore draws higher audiences, and in turn higher sponsorship money. What does Ms Sorenstam imagine will happen when people ‘consider the impact of sponsorship’?]…

England’s former world squash number one Laura Massaro has benefited from squash’s decision to reward male and female players equally from this year and said sports women should be vocal in their fight for equality.

“It frustrated me that we played the same number of games [J4MB: So Ms Massaro would agree that in tennis, where women play fewer games than men, they should get lesser prize money? Ha.] and put in the same amount of training and effort as the men but because we may have been perceived as playing at a slightly lower level to the men [J4MB: Ms Massaro is clearly preparing for a future career as a stand-up comedienne] we weren’t paid the same,” the 33-year-old told BBC Sport.

Is there not one sports journalist in the world pointing out the gross unfairness of equal prize money?

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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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  • Vasubandhu

    The rot set in when they instituted equal pay for tennis – a truly bizarre move, given that men play 5 sets rather than 3, the quality of male tennis is better, men’s tennis attracts better TV ratings, etc.

    • AFP

      Women also play fewer games than men, and because of the reduced time they spend playing single they can also play the doubles. So women actually get more money than men…
      Or so it said on QI (before Sandi Toxic took over)

    • jb

      I was discussing this with my sons ex-girlfriend she is obviously very bright and is doing a PHD but when I pointed out that women don’t have to play against the best players (men)she obviously didn’t understand what I meant. A good example of how believers in “equality” can airbrush out of their world view aspects of “equality ” that don,t suit their world view.

      • AFP

        Isn’t that the reason for all the women’s leagues in every sport? Women cannot successfully complete against men, so they have to have a separate tournament.

      • Mike Buchanan

        Indeed – and even in chess haha!

      • William Gruff

        I read a comment somewhere, perhaps here, a while ago, that one of the top women players, possibly Serena Williams possibly not, boasted that she could beat any man outside the top one hundred and fifty. So the one hundred and fifty third, or whatever, ranked male player challenged her and won. The boast was, the commenter said, changed to outside the top two hundred. People pay to see that woman play at Wimbledon and she presumably plays in the hope of winning prize money equal to the top male player but how many of those would pay the same money to see the two hundredth best man play and how much prize money should he reasonably expect, if any?

        Puts it in perspective, doesn’t it?

        And then of course there was the women’s World Cup football team that was beaten by an ordinary group of fifteen year old schoolboys, by an embarrassing margin.

        And then of course, women’s golf …

    • Groan

      One of the great things about my conurbation is the sheer range of sports one can go and watch. Even Baseball and American Football as well as the full range of team sports including of course right up to two premiership Football Teams. For the vast majority of these despite all the hard work and training the players are paid little. Relatively few get the audience and thence the sponsorship to pay big money. The economics of this is simple and really reflects the size of audience to attract funding. Rather like the recent observation about boys liking boy heroes, clearly the audiences for sport are hugely variable but generally are people most wanting to see male players. Just as there are thousands of low paid, part time or just plain volunteer male participants who never match the top flight in the big audience sports, so the small audience and small numbers willing to play in women’s sport is bound to be reflected. If the whingers wanted to make a difference they’d be telling women to pay to see more women’s sport !
      Rather than the current argument that men must stop spending their money on watching and participating in sport.
      “Stop spending so much on clothes make up and hair and go spend time and money on footy” Can’t see any of that.

  • jb

    the suffragettes got their way not through reasoned argument but through being awkward including disrupting sporting events. maybe the time has come to disrupt Wimbledon

    • Mike Buchanan

      jb, it’s a myth that the Suffragetes ‘got their way’. They actually delayed female emancipation. Very good account in Steve Moxon’s ‘The Woman Racket’ (2008).

      • jb

        Quite right Mike I should know better as I have read The Woman Racket but perhaps the more worrying point is that being reasonable does seem to have its limitations. Perhaps I am just impatient after all the idea of Brexit was unthinkable 20 years ago and now despite the political classes bungling it is a real possibility. The myth about the suffragettes dies hard though, our local high street in East Grinstead now has a floral tribute to Emmiline Pankhurst. I have written to the local press pointing out that she was a terrorist and campaigned for male conscription but I imagine that the myth is more appealing than the reality.

      • William Gruff

        The PDSA marks its centenary this year. It’s worth remembering that Maria Dickin, its foundress, is remembered and celebrated for her tireless efforts to establish a charity to alleviate the suffering of the pets of the poor, which was a real concern for her. Unlike the slaughter of tens of thousands of men during the Battle of Passchendaele, which started in July of that year and lasted until November, the same month the PDSA opened its first clinic.

        Puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

  • Calum

    Golf is a non contact sport for Christ’s sake – why on Earth are the Women not able to compete direcrly against the men? What’s their excuse?

    Of course we know that no woman would ever get a sniff of prize money again, but if offered the chance to compete ‘as equals’ how could they argue against it or refuse without admitting how absolutely undeserving of equal pay they are.

    • AFP

      I believe they can, but the rules say women can tee-off a bit closer to the hole – just to make things ‘fair’

    • Medi Zerovan

      Actually, strength matters, a lot. A lot of times you need to hit ball very hard.

      As my colleague who is into golf told me, the main difference between pro’s and amateurs is exactly that: long shots.

    • Marty

      I suppose pretty soon women will demand a separate military for women only, with lower requirements still,so that they can take on enemy’s women. That’s called equality -feminist style.

      • Mike Buchanan

        Then they can invite the enemy ‘troops’ over for cream teas, agree that fighting is silly, and all go home.

  • AFP

    “Unfortunately a lot of women in the business world don’t always get paid the same as a man in the same role.”

    From the ONS website, section 5 (

    “It should be noted that the figures do not show differences in rates of pay for comparable jobs, as they are affected by factors such as the proportion of men and women in different occupations. For example, a higher proportion of women work in occupations such as administration and caring, which tend to offer lower salaries.”

  • Slowcoach

    There is another angle to this issue also.

    Being paid the same for less work equals a pro rata rise in pay so that women are being paid MORE than men.

    Anyone for equality?

  • Marty

    men who treat women like gentlemen in the professional world, like in tennis, are basically Marxist collaborators, without realizing it.

  • Carbonari1848

    One of the DUP’s policies is to gradually phase out the license fee.

    Coincidentally, here is a link to a Guardian piece that desperately tries to persuade us that the BBC should keep getting public money (so it can keep buying the Guardian en-masse)

    Bonus link: Twitter Genius trolls Guardian, using solely Guardian headlines;

    • jb

      If so they will be doing what the Tories should have done years ago