The funny thing about being white, male and straight is that I don’t tend to see bigotry much because it isn’t often directed at me, and because it isn’t directed towards me, I tend to be blind to it, unless of course someone is getting some type of special treatment because they are brown, then Talkback can’t shout wolf racism loud enough.
So when my I do open my eyes and look around, I’m always dumbstruck by some of the things I see because the discrimination is just so inanely blatant, which was my reaction at the news today that Tennis is only now starting to offer the same amount of prize money for Women as they do for Men. That was just so bloody surprising to me, in the age of media endorsements Women’s Tennis surely holds it’s own as an income generator, so why would they get less? (That is of course if your suggested defence would be ‘because Men’s Tennis generates more money’, and you were to ignore the entire equality argument).
It’s only when such a blatant example is exposed does it make you pause and wonder at the many millions of other women paid less for no other reason than being a woman, who aren’t as lucky as female tennis players in terms of media exposure and suffer the indignity quietly, told simply that they are lucky to have a job.
Pay for play
Wimbledon agrees to equal prize money for women
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Genteel, old-fashioned Wimbledon is steeped in tradition. There's one custom, however, that has finally been discarded. Women, at last, will be paid as much as the men. After years of holding out against equal pay, the All England Club yielded to 21st century realities Thursday and agreed to offer the same prize money to both sexes at the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. "I knew it was just a matter of time," defending Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo said. "They resisted the longest they could. They have made the right decision and they really had no choice."