You’ve Come a Long Way Baby

Remember liberal crazy feminist, Jessica Valenti? No? She’s the columnist who routinely skewers women for making conventional choices like marriage and motherhood. More recently she ignited a firestorm of criticism by tweeting some inane comment that implied women should have access to free government-provided tampons. Remember her now? Well, she’s baaaaack…. and this time she’s whining about oppressive patriarchal television executives.

In case you hadn’t heard the hype, CBS is preparing to launch the first-ever all-female prime-time weekly sports talk show. Normal rational people perceive this as a good thing. In fact, you’d think this would make liberal crazy feminists exceedingly happy. But no. It is impossible for liberal crazy feminists to be happy about anything. Unless they are whining about something. Because, you know… liberal crazy feminism and all. So, in typical histrionic in-the-absence-of-actual-social-injustice-make-up-something fashion, Jessica Valenti has taken up the cause. Why not, right? As every self-respecting radical liberal feminist knows, to fabricate injustice is to keep the radical liberal feminist ideology and agenda alive. Hypocrite, thy name is radical liberal feminist.

Anyhow, according to Valenti, We Need to Talk is nothing more than a smoke screen for the network’s real agenda, “an excuse to push women aside.” Yep. Nothing gets past that Jessica Valenti, no siree. She’s a smart one. And here I am naively humming a celebratory refrain of that famously catchy Virginia Slims’ little ditty when I should be super upset and offended by those big, bad oppressive men at CBS. WHAAAAAAA… 

Obviously (insert sarcasm) a sports talk show populated by a roster of EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE producers, directors, journalists, reporters, pundits and game analysts, who incidentally are considered to be among the most talented and accomplished in ALL OF SPORTS BROADCASTING is an effort to (insert sarcasm) silence women. How could I be so obtuse?

Once upon a time, when I was a girl, there was no need for liberal crazy feminists like Jessica Valenti to make up stuff. Gender disparity truly existed back then. It seems unbelievable now, but as late as the 1970’s, media executives genuinely believed 1) women’s voices were too abrasive for radio and television and 2) they lacked the sufficient athletic experience, knowledge, and passion for sports that was necessary to earn credibility with a predominantly male audience. It was a widely held perception that women simply weren’t cut out to be sportscasters. Period. But that was then. And thanks to REAL feminist heroines, this is now.

Each week the We Need to Talk round table will feature a different group of high-profile female sports experts from CBS and beyond. Regular panelists will include Pro Football Hall of Fame sportscaster, Lesley Visser; Amy Trask, the NFL’s first female CEO; and commentators, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce. They will be joined by other notable women in sports like Emmy-winning Andrea Kremer; Olympic and WNBA champions, Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash; Olympic swimming medalists Dara Torres and Summer Sanders; and four-time world boxing champion, Laila Ali to name a few. Guests of the show will include celebrities and regular folks, male and female, from the world of sports, entertainment and politics.

Other sport shows have female cast members, but this is the first all-female sports talk show in television history. In spite of a title that conjures up the memory of a bad break up (nothing good ever comes after the words we need to talk), I believe it’s going to be a good show and a good thing for women and apparently Lesley Visser agrees with me. No sportscaster, male or female, has a more extensive resume than the iconic Lesley Visser. She quietly and humbly began blazing the trail for women in sports programming 40 years ago – five years BEFORE Jessica Valenti was even born – and her achievements were made in the face of countless barriers that were rooted in genuine (as in NOT fabricated) gender discrimination, particularly in the early years.

Visser sees We Need to Talk as a cultural pivot point, “When I started covering sports in 1974, the credentials often said, ‘No Women or Children in the Press Box.’ Forty years later, we are accepted as members of the media, assistant coaches (San Antonio Spurs), college officials and executives. We have learned to love sports the same way boys and men do – not all of them played the game, either. I’m proud to play for CBS,” Visser said.

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Lesley Visser Photo Credit/Copyright:
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Contrast Visser’s sentiment with that of Jessica Valenti, who claims “giving women their own separate shows while failing to address the gender disparity in existing programming simply provides the illusion of equality: companies get kudos for supporting women without the hard work of creating systemic change.” It’s an interesting assertion coming from the founder and executive editor emiritus of Feministing, a feminist website that deliberately and pointedly has been staffed exclusively with females for over a decade.

So let me get this straight. It’s okay to create unique platforms for women’s opinions and voices if a liberal crazy feminist does it, but it’s not okay for the mainstream media. Oh. Now I see.

Typical. Liberal. Hypocrisy.

 

*We Need to Talk premiers on Tuesday, September 30 at 10 PM on CBS.

 

© Copyright 2014 Just Another Ordinary Day by Antoinette D. Datoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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