Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Britain is a sexist country

As you may have seen from my earlier post, I'm back! And, what better way to restart my budding blogging career than a nice piece of analysis.

Like many (well, most!) people who applied for Olympic tickets. I failed to get any. Sure, I only applied for the cheapest I could and for the most popular events but the end result was that I didn't get any.

Luckily, not all events were sold out in the first wave and there are some tickets on sale in a "first come, first served" fashion (Browsers to F5!). The organisers have put out a handy guide of all the events still available and it actually makes quite interesting reading.

It also leads you to the unmistakable conclusion that Britain is a fundamentally sexist country.

We've all been told, time and time again, that men are equal to women. Women's sports are just as worthy as Men's sports (Afterall, the Women's champion at Wimbledon will earn as much as Federer (Or Nadal)). The problem is that the country appears to disagree.

I've shown a typical sport below: Table Tennis! For your convenience, I've highlighted the Women's only days (and by logical implication, highlighted the Men's only days).

Nearly all the availability is in Women's only days. People seem far more keen to watch Men wave their tiny bats around than women.

Of course, there is an exception. I'm going to give you one guess what possible Olympic sport is more entertaining to watch women do than men... Go on..

Freestyle Wrestling?! OK, you'd think that if it came down to watching two sweaty people roll around on top of each other in a ring, it'd be a damnsight more fun to watch the ladies rather than the gents but no. As with almost every other sport, men's days are more sold out than women's.

No clue? Well, apparently the only sport where people want to watch women is Beach Volleyball! Imagine that, the one sport where women have maximum clothing requirements and suddenly everyone wants to go see skimpy dressed women.

Overall, there are 32 sets of events. Lots are completely sold out - of those that aren't: 11 have more availability for Women's events than the Men's events. Only Beach Volleyball is the other way around.

Clearly we live in a country populated by Sexists. The British appear to prefer seeing Men compete at the top level than women. Is this because the entertainment provided by the women athletes is less? Does this apply to other fields of life?

As always, please comment below.

1 comment:

  1. Nah. You can tell Britain isn't sexist by looking at the availability of the Beach Volleyball tickets - all of the women's matches had sold out in the first round...