Is Division Sexism?

Awards given for football blogs appear to be the twin of marmite - they are either loved or hated. Some feel that they are not judged objectively and rely upon popularity - seeing as some are public choice awards and therefore nominated by the public, it's a valid opinion. A second controversy appears to be the distinction between "male" and "female" blog categories, with accusations of sexism.

While it is not mandatory for any reader of any blog to vote for said blog in an award, it is common for the blog owner to solicit via social media, for example making readers aware that they are contending for an award and asking friends to vote for them. Some think this is fair, others think it is unfair.
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It is understandable as to why people label it as unfair, as it is probably true that the more twitter followers you have, the more votes you will obtain - however, followers are not forced to vote and those who are against the awards lose no respect over choosing not to vote.

Secondly, regarding the "male"/"female" divide - I can understand to an extent why people find it sexist, but I am of a differing opinion. I am a female, not a male, and I do not understand why there is a problem with separate categories. For example, male and female footballers do not contend for the same awards, just as male and female tennis players do not contend for the same awards. Males and females are different.

I understand the argument that there should simply be "a best blog regardless of gender award" but honestly, is it not true that many females would be completely and utterly overlooked in this scenario? Not due to sexist intentions, purely because if one was asked to recommend a football blog they may be more inclined to suggest a stereotypical, well-known male blog?

If the categories were instead "best football blog" and "best female blog" then yes I would agree that there is an element of sexism because it would be suggesting that women are unable to contend with the "top dogs" (men) - it would be diminishing women as inferior beings who are unable to contend for such an award. This is not the case. The sheer fact that there are categories for both men and women suggest that neither gender has been rated as superior. It merely suggests that both genders are being recognised.

I am a female - why on earth would I be ashamed of being categorised with other females? It is also probably true that if there was no female category, I would not be a finalist in these awards.

While I understand the argument that dividing between genders does nothing but increase inequality and sexism - it is something I disagree with. Surely having a female award promotes five or six talented bloggers who without the category would be unlikely to receive recognition?

It is likely that sexism will never cease to exist - but if the alleged victims of sexism (such as myself) do not feel like they are being discriminated against, surely there is no problem?


  1. I feel it's only sexist if you think that men and women start on an equal footing. And that's simply not the case.

    People involved in football are often lightning rods for abuse, but I know that I'm never going to be on the receiving end of sexism.