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.