BS That Girls Who Actually Like Sports Constantly Hear

Female sports fans are constantly dealing with BS questions and comments, particularly from guys. Anyone who sees a girl wearing a jersey or watching a game won’t compliment her on her taste. Instead, they’ll try to figure out why she’s pretending to like sports. Of course, some women actually enjoy sitting down to watch their favorite teams, which is why they can’t stand hearing the BS comes out of some guys’ mouths.

  1. “You only watch because the players are cute.” It’s pretty much impossible to see the faces or the abs of football players as they’re bolting across your tiny television screen. If you wanted to look at cute guys, you’d watch a soap opera or a music video or sex website, not athletes covered in so much gear that they’re barely recognizable.
  2. “Did your boyfriend get you into this?” If they’re not asking about your boyfriend, they’re asking about your dad or your brothers. For some reason, it’s hard for some people to wrap their brains around the fact that a woman can turn on a television and find a soccer game all on her own.
  3. “Are you a lesbian?” Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. But either way, your love of golf won’t transform you into a lesbian. The two things don’t go hand in hand, so it’s time to put the ignorant comments to rest.
  4. “How many home runs did David Wright hit?” You can be a fan of a sport without knowing every player’s statistics. If you claim to like baseball, and then you’re bombarded with questions about the players, you aren’t going to be happy, even if you know all of the answers. You don’t quiz men on their Beyonce knowledge, so why should they quiz you on sports?
  5. “Women’s sports aren’t worth watching.” What’s the difference between watching a man throw a basketball and a woman throw a basketball? Absolutely nothing. The game is the same, so why would anyone put down female athletes? They’re just as badass as the men are.
  6. “Have you actually been to a game?” If someone doesn’t believe you’re a true blue fan of a team, they’ll ask you if you’ve actually seen them play in person. But even if you haven’t, does that change the fact that you’ve been following them since you were a kid? Not at all.
  7. “Do you want me to explain what happened?” You know the rules and regulations, just as well as any man does. In fact, you’re probably more informed than he is. He shouldn’t assume that you’re an airhead, because of your gender.
  8. “You’re a bandwagon fan.” If you like a team that just so happens to be doing well, you’re going to be accused of liking them because it’s trendy. The fact that you were a fan of them back when they couldn’t win a game doesn’t matter, because no one will believe your stories.
  9. “Do you watch for the commercials?” You don’t watch the Super Bowl for the Doritos commercials. You don’t even watch it for the halftime show. You watch it, because you actually want to see how well your team does.
  10. “Who are you trying to impress?” You didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on a hockey jersey to impress your crush. Some women watch sports, because they actually enjoy them. They don’t have an ulterior motive.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.