Last night on Garbage Time, Katie Nolan perfectly explained the gendered culture of sports: "There are sports fans, and then there are women."
For Nolan, and perhaps all female fans, the Texas A&M Chalk Talk scandal is the last straw in tolerance of sexism in sports fandom.
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Like any other of her segments, Nolan introduced and initially analyzed her subject with humor. The now infamously sexual and presentation slides are "Offensive, yes, but also...doesn't make any sense."
Nolan isn't one to let guilty parties off easily. Calling the now suspended offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks "Dumb" and "Dumber," she laughed at them for attempting to turn the Aggie War Hymn into a more 'relatable' "Aggie War Her."
But even typically playful Nolan knew when to get serious. Her humor turned into a serious rant on sexism.
Nolan expressed her - and women's - frustration with the sports industry's continual patronizing and sexualizing of women:
I thought we were done with this tone-deaf trend of teams' 'events' for women and making them a huge pandering mess. I thought we were done in 2013 when the Astros hosted a Ladies' Night, when women could learn about baseball and enjoy complimentary beauty treatments. I thought we were done in 2015 when Ladies' Night in Nationals' Park featured a dance contest and [a "There's no crying in baseball, but there's plenty of wine"] promotional poster. And I thought for sure we were done this time last year when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched [the RED Women's Movement].
After all, what if the sports industry treated men like they do women?
Her point, while painfully obviously to women, was delivered as such:
"Here's the thing...and I know it sounds crazy...Women can enjoy sports for the same reasons as men."
Her soapbox segment closed where it began. Indirectly referring to Texas A&M, Nolan said, "A smart team or university would make their fans both male and female."
Maybe Katie Nolan's right. Men won't really get the problem here because sports have always been the man's domain.
But taking extreme, deliberate efforts to include women in ways that are pointedly antiquated and based upon sexualized stereotypes? That's something men created, too.