Edit (Sunday, Aug. 3, 1:12 am): Daymonster, the author of the post that prompted this post and much other discussion, has resigned from Alright Hamilton!. While some people might think that is the end of the “controversy,” it is just the end of this one instance. Sexism is very real in the world, on the Internet, and in the sports world. For anyone to shrug and say, “Well, sure glad that is over,” would be to miss the point. People need to acknowledge what happened here and then continue on. More later.
I just became aware of a rather scuzzy post over on Alright Hamilton! (which I have since removed from the ol’ blogroll) where poster daymonster decided to draw a line between what he considers legitimate Twins blogging and what he considers to be, well, not. I’m sorry to tell all you guys that I think I fail his test, since I don’t know very damn much about sabremetrics and tend to hate conventional wisdom. I also think relying too much on statistics makes for a very dry blog.
But that’s his opinion, and I really couldn’t care less what he thinks about this (or any blog).
But when this blogger gave examples of the second type, he used It’s Those Girls, Twins Sisters, Lipgloss, and OMG. All of which I read nearly every (if not every) day. And, in the process, he questioned their status as fans, their intelligence (indirectly), and lumped them all into one uniform group and assigned them opinions, which is totally unreasonable.
The problem: all of these blogs are run by female fans. Sports, including baseball, have been historically hostile to women. Anyone else remember the hostility Anika Sorenstam experienced when she wanted to play with the guys on the PGA tour just a few years ago? And then found out she couldn’t play at Augusta National because they only allow guys? And then not one of the male golfers pulled out of the tournament there in protest? That is one really sad example.
But the cool thing about the blogosphere is that you don’t have to be a certain gender to play with the other kids. There isn’t a difference between NBA fans and WNBA fans. Those bloggers among us that have chosen to give up their real identities and genders do so at their own peril, both because of the ridicule they can get as a result and the fact that they lose “credibility” with a larger group by doing so. When I came out as a DC law student, I got emails from a couple people telling me that I shouldn’t be commenting on a Minnesota team (WTF?). And that’s a pretty small admission. Imagine admitting something that causes people to call into question my fandom (since that’s apparently what happened at AH!).
I am lucky enough to be on what is historically the socially favored side of the coin when it comes to sports (and just about everything else). Maybe it is the fact that I have spent time studying philosophy and think way too much for my own good, but I have to give credit to female bloggers that come out as such. One of my friends from college shut down her Twins-related blog a couple years ago because she got tired of being taken as mere fluff.
I love Aaron Gleeman, but I wonder if anyone else thought about what effect having a commonly-nude Keeley Hazell as Official Fantasy Girl of AaronGleeman.com would have on female Twins fans that stop by the site for some of his analysis, or even the fact that there is an OFGoAG.com. But that’s okay. He doesn’t go to the level of some White Sox bloggers, who take the liberty of posting nude pictures about once a week.
I have now officially rambled for far longer than I meant to (and I had to change the title of the post from “A Brief Note” to “A Note”), but essentially, this post is meant to give huge props to all female bloggers out there, especially those that fly the Twins standard. Here’s a list of some of the Twins-affiliated ones that I do read nearly every day (and I apologize in advance if I miss anyone):
- It’s Those Girls (who are funnier than anyone has any right to be when talking Twins)
- Twins Sisters (I really enjoy their fresh take on the Twins, especially since they don’t seem to have succumbed to the cynicism that statistics can bring)
- OMG mn twins
- Curlz at Curlz and Curveballs
- Lipgloss and Baseball
- Kayla’s Twins Blog
- I am not going to pretend there aren’t more, because I am very tired. But you all get the idea.
- Edit: Sh!t!! I forgot Mrs. Slowey over at For the Love of the Game!
We are all fans. Why the bloody HELL are we questioning each other?
(By the way, Katie at It’s Those Girls wrote a piece about this a couple days ago, while I was in my bidding-induced stupor – see the next post for info about that. It is well-worth reading, as she put it much better than I could have).