Women Aren't All Rom Coms And Rainbows

Women Aren't All Rom Coms And Rainbows

We like sports, "Star Wars" and video games, too.
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Calling all boys and men: I bring you an important message.

Actually, feminists are welcome to get in on this too, because it’s time we put our foot down. It’s time to say “No more!” How have we ignored this giant issue for so long? I’m no feminist, but we must take a stand!

Guys, women can be sports fans, too.

Before you roll your eyes, listen up. We're sick of getting quizzed every time we bring up our favorite football team. No, we don’t need to name every single time in the AFC North to “prove” our fandom.

“You’re a Minnesota Vikings fan? Do you even know who the coach is? Do you even know what Teddy Bridgewater’s cousin’s girlfriend’s hamster’s blood type is? Well, then you aren’t a real fan!”

Point is, we can root for a team even if we haven’t memorized the stats of each player since the beginning of time. If we want to wear our favorite quarterback’s jersey, one of your skeptical little tests isn’t going to change our minds. No matter how many of the Dallas Cowboy’s tight ends you can name.

This goes for more than just sports. As women, we're expected to choose pedicures and romantic comedies over more manly stuff. And when I say manly, I mean nerding out over how hot Rey is in the “The Force Awakens.”

We can be “Star Wars” fans without an onset of the third degree, thank you very much. Just because we don’t know where Chewbacca’s home world is doesn’t mean we can’t still love the storyline. You need to just accept it, guys. You don’t get these things all to yourself.

And here’s another big one: video games. Here’s the thing, boys. There is no specification requiring video game players to be able to shoot 12 guys in five seconds, while simultaneously dodging bullets and watching your back. Some of us just like to play, despite the fact that our KD ratios are as unbalanced as 2007 Britney. If you're one of those girls who can actually accomplish the aforementioned task, you especially don’t deserve the guys’ skepticism. But, chances are, us girls are probably still really good at all the old games you’ve forgotten about. So unless you want to be challenged and defeated in a game (or 10) of Beer Karts, I would start showing a little respect.

So, boys. Men. Dudes. You are not alone in your interests. When you’re with a girl and she notices a gorgeous old car drive by on your way to get pizza, don’t quiz her on the year, make and model. The car is cool. Who cares that she doesn’t know that it’s a 1964 Pontiac GTO?

When we name our favorite band or artist, there’s no need to challenge us to a song naming contest. We like Nirvana. Or maybe Black Sabbath. Does that surprise you? Should we stick to Taylor Swift and the Beibs? Unfortunately, the Top 40 nowadays is getting way too repetitive and boring to not feel the need to delve into the history books a little. A little. That doesn’t mean we're going to commit every song and every album from the last few decades of the 1900s to memory.

This is the last straw, boys. Quit it with the quizzes, or we will retaliate. And trust me, you wouldn’t want us to make you cry in front of your friends when we kick your ass in a game of "Smash Bros."

You've been warned.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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