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A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

Posted on: January 16, 2009 11:01 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 10:50 am
 
During the course of this week, I had the displeasure of dealing with a less than well adjusted member who insisted on calling me, my posts and my femininity into question. Now, I’ve had a few run-ins with members before. Once, I actually got into it with 2 members who said some rather distasteful things to me. I realized how stupid it was on my part to bother arguing with ignorant people. It only got me aggravated and frustrated, so I vowed to ignore anyone who ever gave me trouble again. I’m not a member of a sports related site to get into disputes with anyone over anything other than sports.  This past week, it all started with a post I made about honor in the game of baseball. This was written as a response on the public board. 

It's too bad your not a chick for real, cuz your statement of honor is humorous like one.What's left in this or any other sport, not to be tarnished. Something as simple as stealing signs has and always will be a part of the game. OMG. Gotta be a 16 yr. old girl makin that statement. Let me teach you something on the premise you've never actually been outside before. Sports, like in life , has people who are interested in making money. This money motivates them do do whatever it takes to gain an advantage. Steroids, B. Belichick. Any of this sound familiar? Collusion. Good business. A little sneaky perhaps. Not in our law abiding society! Women really are in love with 50 yr. old ex-rockers on reality TV. Short, ugly, black-toothless dudes have always been successful with the Babes! Anyway,if you are a girl, you should probably have "The Talk", with your parents before coming back on here.If you are a girl, the ladies room is to your left on the Bosux site. That's where they spew honor untilYankees swoop in and take away X-Mas present named Teixeira. We come on here to escape the women's perspective, so you should go back to sewing.

A couple of regular posters on the Yankee board defended me which I thanked them for, but ignored the poster himself. He then proceeded to start a thread asking for proof that I was a woman, etc. Several regulars on the Yankee board again defended me. I posted one response to this sexist stating I was a woman, and I wasn’t going to let him get to me. I chose not to say anything defamatory to him because I wasn’t going to stoop to his level. I also chose not to thank my defenders on the board because I just didn’t want to get into too much about the whole thing and give the dude the satisfaction of getting the attention he desired. Let me thank the kind folk who stuck up for me now. Anyway, the guy has made some other distasteful posts directed at me and has even started in on another Yankee poster who defended me.   Here's an example.

Yes, I do feel like a man sitting here at my computer, since I am one. Thanx for confirming my point as well chargingrhino. Yankeechik must feel like she wants to be a man sitting at hers. Do you follow? I think there are way more of the Middle-Men in here than you'd expect from a YANKEE MENS BOARD!!!! We've given women everything else, why give them our sanctuary. It's freightening how many would support this. I am also aware the vast majority stay uninvolved and keep opinions on such matters to themselves. It's our PC thing we have to suffer through. So I'll assume most in here are on board with me. Yankchik I would'nt ask u a direct question because u don't really exist. As far as the get a life bullshit- Who comes on sports sites and pretends to be another gender? Gimme a small break? Rhino- I'll just assume your someones Bitch Too!! Still don't know what I'm referring to. This can't be a girl, no matter the Crap Support!!!

I don’t care if he continues, his problem, not mine.  I chose to do a blog item on this partly as a chance to say thank you to my fellow Yankee fans who are regular posters on the Yankee board. I appreciate that the majority of you don’t subscribe to this person’s beliefs and subsequent tactics. The other reason I chose to write this was to set the record straight. Contrary to this idiot’s opinion, I am a woman and proud of it. I’m actually a pretty feminine woman at that. I like to look my best when I go to work or out. I like to wear skirts and makeup. I also happen to like sports, baseball specifically. Because I’m a fairly intelligent person, I tend to speak intelligently about anything I know well, fancy that. I could use a picture of myself as an avatar to prove myself, but why should I have to.  While I respect other female posters on here in their choice to have their pictures as avatars, I chose not to do that because I’m here to talk sports, and I feel a picture of myself would distract from me being able to do that. Yeah, I’m fairly attractive, and judging from some of the incidents I’ve heard about on here, I’m guessing a picture of myself might be taken as an invitation.   It surprises me when men can’t understand why women bother with sports. We’re actually the more competitive of the 2 genders, so why is it so hard to believe? Let us be please. We’re entitled to talk about whatever we want just like men.   
Category: MLB
Tags: Baseball, CBS, Men, Women
 
Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 11:00 am
 

A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

Hey yankeechick, I know I'm not a regular poster here, but after reading your blog, I must say good job defending yourself against this troll.  I have heard other stories of sexism on these boards, and they disgust me.  The Community is supposed to be a place where everyone puts stuff like that aside and can freely post their opinions on sports and anything else that they may feel like.  People who decide to spend their time here being sexist or racist sicken me.

Good luck to you on stopping this guy!

-M.M.




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 9:47 am
 

A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

Yankeechick, there seems to be a growing population here at CBS that believes they can spew hatred, mock and demean the general public, and go unpunished for their acts. I for one am done with the trolls, the sexists, the attackers and the blatant rule breakers and have taken a special interest in helping the administration here at CBS remove these people. After one year here, it's obvious that a few hate mongerers are trying to run the site. They go thread to thread, attacking with malice aforethought, with no conscience and no punishment. After witnessing what one man has to endure on a daily basis here, and acting on the premise that rules for the site should be enforced, I've learned that some don't care. I went so far as to ask the community for help; what I got was almost a concensus of "non-involvement". Some even chose to point me out as the problem, not the solution. Let me share what I've learned and what I'm empowered to do to effect change here, making the site a more pleasant experience for all.

My latest blog is a perfect example of the abuse writers can be subject to in here. Please feel free to browse it. Make special notes of the apathy throughout the blog. The advice I was given is as follows:

Warn the offensive. If it is blatant, it's against the rules here. Admin WILL act. One troll on here has been banned five times this week, yet keeps coming back with a different ID and continues his assaults. CBS is aware. Another is gone, and has not been back. Their grafitti of threads and blogs is not what sports dialogue is about; it's hatred and personal attacks. I've gone so far as to appeal to the sense of decency of the "group" that has accepted their diatribe as normal behaviour. Many of the minor offenders have stopped their attacks. Some have left the group entirely, apologizing personally for not doing something about their "brethren". Best of luck to you yankeechick, and keep writing.




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2009 8:25 am
 

A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

Sorry for the bad experience Yankeechik. I have not run into anyone like this yet and I'm not sure that I'll be able to ignore him when I do. Honestly, you probably intimidate him because you know more and sound more intelligent then he does. Keep doing what you do, I love and enjoy posting here and you will always have people like this no matter where you go. He's probably either single and always will be or his wife wears the pants in his family, so he can only yell at women here. We're all behind you here, even though you are a Yankees fan LOL.




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 1:52 am
 

A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

Online chat rooms and message boards give people a license to communicate thoughts which otherwise would never be publicly expressed. It's easy to sit behind a monitor and write disparaging things that no one will every hold you accountable for. As sad as that may be, this is the cost we pay for the convenience that is the internet.

It may not help any, but I'm sorry you were the victim of such irresponsible behavior.

No where was it written or implied that CBS Sports is created strictly for the enjoyment of men. That thought is laughable in its own right. While many of the readers are men, I've found there is an equally large group of women who engage and participate on this site.

Diversity is a wonderful thing. Everyone's different life experiences and cultures affect who they are and how they see the world (more specifically, the sports world). We take the good along with the bad in open forums, so what you describe sadly doesn't surprise me.

Again, I apologize in the name of my testosterone-filled counterparts. Hopefully you continue to enjoy this site as much as I do :)



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2009 1:25 am
 

A Woman in the CBS Sport's World

I take my writing seriously, I take my sports "talk" almost as seriously...I take myself less seriously of the three.  If you're knowledgeable or show you have a genuine interest in your sport of choice, you will always find an intelligent conversation on these boards.  You'll also find that there will be idiots who, when they disagree with what you're talking about will attempt to take the insults to a personal level, for some reason, when you're female, they tend to question or want to insult our gender. 

Ignore the noise...it goes away.  Despite sports being considered a "mans" throne, women have been directly involved in that "mans world" for a long time.  Mothers are the ones taking their sons to practice and are their sons biggest fans.  Because of their childrens involvement, they know almost as much about the sport as anyone else who hasn't actually played.  You can't be a wife to an athlete and not be involved in his career, in some form.   

As long as you enjoy what you're doing, continue to do so. 










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