The political correctness juggernaut rolls on:

[WA Cricket Association chief executive Christina] Matthews, also a member of WA CEOs for Gender Equity and a former State and national cricketer, said it was up to everyone to steer [cricket] in the right direction.

“Here we are, in 2017, using terms such as 12th man, batsman, fieldsman and nightwatchman without a second thought,” she said.

Ms Matthews told PerthNow she wanted the issue of gender-specific names on the agenda, especially after the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s —which sets the laws of cricket — recently decided not to change the term “batsman”.

“In my view, there’s no commonsense reason why (the names can’t be changed). I think it’s just something people have held on to,” she said.

“Words matter, and words demonstrate respect as well.

“By not changing the terms, you’re disrespecting half the population. “I’m not saying people are deliberately trying to offend but it’s a bit like bullying — whether you’re bullied or not is dictated by the person who is on the end of it, not the person who’s doing it.”

Ms Matthews is absolutely, totally, unequivocally, 100% nuts: using male-specific terms to describe male players is not a mark of respect for those playing and certainly does not disrespect females cricketers. Adopting gender-neutral terms for male players in no way indicates respect, or lack thereof, for players either male or female.

If Ms Matthews truly wants cricket equality she should demand a gender-neutral competition; cricket terminology will automatically change should women ever prove able to compete with men.

6 thoughts on “WACKY WACA WOMAN

  1. Batsman/batswoman [but never “batter” – we are not in the USA], bowler, fielder or fieldsman/fieldswoman, wicket-keeper, player, umpire, third man/woman, slip, silly mid off/on, scorer, groundsman/groundswoman, runner, and so on.

    Very many cricket terms are gender neutral and others only need the suffix change from man/men to woman/women. Of course some non-male players may be ashamed of being non-male. As you say let’s see them bowl like Thommo and Lillee in their prime and then face and play such bowling with effect. Then they may claim they are equal on the field. [We will omit the alleged drinking exploits of Boon though.]


  2. Further thoughts: many, if not all Major games, such as the various codes of football, basketball, cricket, baseball all developed over time, often in schools or colleges, for boys a long time ago. That’s history. Girls were late to the “game” so-to-speak and there seem not to be as many games that developed specifically for girls, partly because girls were not encouraged to play [“Boys sweat, girls glow”], hence the very correct term “throws like a girl” describing the unrefined throwing skills seen in girls and some boys who were never exposed to vigorous and systematic physical education and/or sport. In Victoria Australian rules football started as a game between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. In the USA James Naismith invented basketball at college level to give gridiron footballers exercise in the off season from football. Of course Netball has come a long way and women play hockey brilliantly and are great to watch. What is a concern is that attempts to change language to meet some arbitrary PC standard ignore the culture and history of each sport. Why should men change their language when they play a Major game? The language does not stop women from pursuing the same game in their own way and they can use any terms they want, but “deep third man” is part of the history of cricket and such terms and the long history are important, at least to me. If women want to play and call it deep third field person, then best of British to them, but I will not take such wanking seriously and I will not be watching as they would be disrespecting the Game itself.


  3. But young women might think it a male only sport if male-centric language is used, thereby discouraging the lasses from having a go. Wank.

    I watch little sport on TV, AFL and cricket sometimes getting a look. Top flight netball is very good but AFLW, women’s cricket and basketball are about as exciting as watching traffic lights change.


  4. I’ll bite: how could so-called modern, enlightened and knowledgeable young women not know that there are many sports, previously male-only, that are now available to them? If they don’t know, then maybe they should stop taking pouting “selfies”, get off Twitter or Facebook and look around the real world. The recent advertising splurge about the pro women’s Australian Rules competition was comprehensive and unrelenting. As for netball, it’s too stop and go and technical for me, but women’s hockey is great. Basketball bores me, both male and female versions and those hefty, sweaty women, dressed like American BB players are rather grotesque. Diving [men and women] is equally exciting, but synchronised “drowning” is gross, though I admit the lasses are very skilled and fit.


  5. Words matter! Male-centric terminology is apparently very discouraging for females. I applaud the skills of hockey and soccer player – both sexes – but can’t bear to watch either. Gymnastics – both sexes – is very watchable. After a few minutes synchronised swimming is, despite the skill and fitness required, tedious.

    Women’s tennis is watchable after hitting the mute button to eliminate the ghastly grunting. I haven’t watched men’s tennis in quite a while because the serve had become all important.


  6. “Words matter! Male-centric terminology is apparently very discouraging for females.”

    If it only takes so-called male terminology to deter [young] women from participating, then they need to stow their tiaras, poor princesses, and have a good look at themselves and get on with life, not take another pouting selfie! [By the way the number of children coming to schools – boys and girls – wearing little crowns and tiaras is at an all-time high. Princes and princesses all!]


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