So I was just reading (and mostly enjoying) this ThoughtCatalog article about "10 Struggles Every Female Sports Fan Knows". I relate to most of them (though I'm not a person with a head for random stats), especially as a woman who's super into hockey. I'm also a college football fan (Go Huskers!) and I follow Creighton basketball, and I'm just a girl who generally enjoys sports. Most men I know don't know as much about hockey as I do, so numbers 1 and 2 on this list, I related to especially, though #2 is more a problem at the bar than anywhere else. (1. We're not "into this" to "impress some guy" and 2. We don't need your help understanding what's going on, but thanks for your concern.) #10 bothered me a little bit, because I don't want to get in a pissing contest with someone about who's team is "more important" when we can just go to a bar and watch both.
But I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the fact that a lot of the side eye I get as a female sports fan is from women, not from men. Anyone who watches a particular sport can suss out fairly quickly whether or not a person knows anything about said sport, male or female. So I don't generally have problems getting hockey/football fans to take me seriously, because I know what I'm talking about. But given the nature of how sports watch parties are generally structured in the Midwest (with men "seriously" watching the game and women watching with one eye while chatting with the other women), it becomes somewhat of a difficult balancing act for me. Especially given that I am single. Spend too much time watching the game with the guys, and I must be trying to snag one for myself by pretending I like sports! I am already regarded somewhat suspiciously as a 32 year old straight single woman who's uninterested in getting married...the sports thing just seems to compound it. So I end up spending more time with the women's group than actually watching the game, just so no one gets mad at me. This isn't to say that I don't enjoy spending time with the ladies as well, because I do. But sometimes I really, really want to watch the game, and this perception that I'm not really into sports for their own sake is fucking me over here.
Anyone have similar experiences they'd like to share? Any males out there who just want to sit and talk about The Hunger Games with the ladies instead of sitting with the men? THE PATRIARCHY HURTS EVERYONE.