Oh Hey - Sexism is Back
It’s hard to believe, yet again we’re discussing the idea of sexually segregating motorsports. It was brought up in June when the ever-classy Pippa Mann just discussed that she had been approached with the idea of a female-only racing league. At that time she gave little details to, politely, not out any of the people involved. The internet raged [our podcast in June] and it went quiet. Then within the past few months female racer Carmen Jorda spoke out about how she thinks the idea of a female-only racing league was a good idea. Everyone raged again and it went quiet again.
Sexism is back…not that it went anywhere. We’ve got more details — a lot more details about this. They have a main sponsor. They have a plan for six race championship (five in Europe, one in America). The winner gets a test drive with F1. Oh, and Carmen Jorda spoke again [insert your favorite are you shitting me emoji here]. So where do we begin?
As indicated on the podcast, the sponsor needs to put their name out there. Yes, I’m calling them out. If you have the confidence to think this is a good idea — say so publicly. Don’t hide behind this “London-based company” BS, sign it. Sign your name to sexism — and be prepared for the Internet to destroy you. I will participate in it and I will toast some marshmallows over the flames of your destruction.
Also,just 6 races? That’s not even half of the IndyCar season.
The winner gets a test drive with F1. Just a test drive with F1. Nothing more specific than that. There’s no guarantee of anything past the test drive…and I’m betting given that this will happen following someone winning a sexually segregated driving championship — you’ll never go farther than that.
Then there is Carmen Jorda. I absolutely hate women jumping on other women. We’ve not gotten to the point in our advancement where we can start in-fighting. However, (sorry Mom), shut the fuck up. Oh, it’s hard being a woman in a male dominated sport? Say that to every professional female athlete current or former. Say that to every woman who entered a male dominated employment (you can find me here in Indiana on your apology tour). Attempt to say that to every woman who made a very hard choice to put aside the societal pressure to get married and start a family and instead is out there grinding to achieve a career.
Is it hard — hell yes. What you don’t do is whine about how hard and unfair it is (and by the way life is always unfair). You can’t give up. I say this not only to Ms. Jorda, but to every female race car driver (I LOVE YOU!). I say this to every female fan who goes to the races because they love the sport and have to listen to comments. I say this to every woman out there struggling in a male dominated area. You can’t give up. It. Is. Hard.
Stay alert, this will come back. Support female athletes. Support their sponsors. Don’t support the sponsors of this bullshit.
I leave with a quote from a great female-sports movie: “of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Hard is what makes it great.”
(A League of Their Own)