"And Tom Brady, if you’re listening, take of the skirt and put on some slacks. Toughen up." - Rodney Harrison
I should preface this post by saying that I do not consider myself a feminist. In fact, if I were to sit down face to face with a pure-blooded feminist and hash out my opinions on the subject she would probably report me to womankind and have my woman-card revoked. STILL, when I heard some local DJs talking about the above quote on the radio this morning I got really angry. In a way that only a sleep deprived, as of that point uncaffeinated woman on her way back from cat-sitting at 7:15 in the morning can be.
And this is why.
A woman can be tough. Women are tough. Last time I checked we make babies, rumor has it that’s not easy - some would even say “tough.” We also make child rearing look easy, make important job-related decisions, around 80% of all consumer purchasing decisions, important family-related decisions, scientific discoveries, and sometimes even dinner all while wearing a skirt (or even a dress, although *gasp!* I hear some newfangled forward women are wearing trousers these days too).
So to me, implying that by lobbying for the flag Tom Brady was showing a weakness that was intrinsically female is insulting. Being the gender that wears the skirt should not be a pejorative concept flung around as an insult without a second thought given by anyone.
There is really no other way for me to expand on that thought without entering Women’s Studies 101 territory, and neither me nor my little blog want to go there right now. I’m not following the situation but I’m sure Harrison was just joking, and lots of statements will be released by lots of publicity teams regarding that fact, and the team will be just fine. I’m also pretty sure that lots of other blogs will post lots of other articles with more eloquent arguments than mine.
Yes, I understand he was using a cliched phrase, and yes, I understand many of you will consider this an overreaction of epic porportions…but I’m a woman, and if we’re working within stereotypes here I’m supposed to get riled up and be overly emotional. Just living up to my expectations.
“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”—Dorothy Parker, Esquire.