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Horse as Sportswoman of the year

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#1 Sandra

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:19 PM


I think this has stunned me beyond belief....

#2 scoutster

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:22 PM

I saw it earlier today and couldn't fathom it.  I twittered at one of the idiot authors but I doubt it made much of a dent in their thinking.  

I can't believe how insulting that is to all our amazing sportswomen.

It makes me so angry.

#3 BadCat

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

A horse?

Yeah, because no women did anything at all worthwhile in sport this year.  rolleyes.gif

Someone should smack them in the side of the head with a wet newspaper.

#4 Sandra

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:26 PM

I am still stunned and I heard of it a few hours ago too..   Seriously,  you have to ask  who thought that was a good idea...
I think they successfully manged to set the equality of women in sport back another few decades..

#5 ComradeBob

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:26 PM

Oh, I'd be thinking of something a lot harder than that BadCat  mad.gif but, y'know, it's not like we need feminism or anything.....  rolleyes.gif

#6 casime

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

Not that I think the Telegraph is any sort of authority on who is the best and worst of anything in any given year, but seeing as they made up categories as they wanted, why couldn't they have just included a "Best Racehorse" category?

#7 *Caro*

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:37 PM

Just another reason not to read the Tele.

#8 Oriental lily

Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

I find it to stupid to be insulted.

A horse is an animal. Not a person.

She has already won racehorse of the year more than once.

I think some silly nit wit thought they were being funny. To dim to Realise they have insulted the many valid candidates that could have taken out te award.

#9 Funwith3

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

That is such bad form. No other female did enough?

#10 Sancti-mummy

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:53 PM


Love Wendy Harmer's response.

#11 TenYears

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

The authors are clearly yearning for an Ernie.  If they win one it will be well deserved.  And they'll actually fit the category properly.

Jacqueline Freney - eight gold medals in one Games, and still overlooked in favour of someone who isn't actually a woman.


#12 EBeditor

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

Daily Life has responded with a nice gallery of women who should have been contenders for it.

#13 TenYears

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:38 PM

They were hardly short of contenders were they.

#14 TenYears

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

And the thing is, I'm not sure it even works as click bait.  I don't feel outraged - like I need to get into an argument with the author about it or anything.  

My prevailing emotion is just a sort of sad sense of disgust for a publication where enough people thought that was OK so that it actually made it to print.  

#15 EBeditor

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:53 PM

I am not surprised that people write idiotic things but how it got to print is another question.

#16 BlondieUK

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Lazy journalism.

#17 casime

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:31 AM


Love Wendy Harmer's response.


I don't even know why we have to have "Sportsman/woman of the Year" anyway.  Can't we just acknowledge that they are all outstanding in their own fields?

#18 Canberra Chick

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

It's just embarrassing. This will go viral and once again people overseas will think us Aussies are stupid sexist boors...

Off the top of my head here's my list:

Anna Meares, Lauren Jackson, Elysse Perry, Ellie Brush, Sally Pearson

#19 Superman+4sisters

Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:52 AM

Beyond stupid. Fortunately it's just a newspaper column's list, not an actual award. Shows the writers up to be utter fools, shame on them.

Loved Wendy's response too!

#20 niggles

Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:03 AM


#21 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

Sad and disgusted. And unsurprised. It's the newspaper equivalent of the "shock jock" so it's no wonder it's a bastion of misogyny.

QUOTE (Eight.years @ 23/12/2012, 10:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The authors are clearly yearning for an Ernie.  If they win one it will be well deserved.  And they'll actually fit the category properly.

Jacqueline Freney - eight gold medals in one Games, and still overlooked in favour of someone who isn't actually a woman.


Yep. And of course, if this particular horse had happened to be male instead of female, you know there's not a snowball's chance in hell it would have even had a look-in.

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