Women, talking about sports, and epistemic injustice

Myisha Cherry writes, “As a former college basketball player and basketball fanatic who literally watches all 82 games of Miami Heat basketball every season, I have had the same experience as the woman in the bar. When I go to watch and talk sports with men, I am not taken seriously initially and sometimes not at all no matter how sound my arguments are. Or I find that what I say is considered more speculative than what men say. As a result, I find myself asserting myself in conversations, being extra argumentative, and quoting stats as if it was an ESPN Numbers Don’t Lie episode just so I can at least be heard and sound convincing. It’s annoying, makes me feel invisible, and I always feel treated unfairly because I am a woman.”

For a good discussion of the issues how it connects to epistemic injustice read Why Women Are Not Taken Seriously in Sports Conversations and What We Can Do About It at the Huffington Post here.

4 thoughts on “Women, talking about sports, and epistemic injustice

  1. To alleviate the exclusion, VANOC organizers invited women from all over Canada to participate at Whistler Olympic Park, including Continental Cup in January 2009.

  2. Thanks for posting this. In the spirit of highlighting excellent and diverse sports journalism, I would encourage anyone interested in football to follow Amy Lawrence:


    She also appears semi-regularly on the Guardian podcast “Football Weekly”. It’s (unsurprisingly) a male dominated production, but Amy Lawrence usually has much more interesting insights than the rest of them. I’ve long hoped she’d write something about what it’s like to be a woman in her field — not just with regards to working at the Guardian or in journalism, but with regards working in “football” at large. I don’t imagine it’s been easy.

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