As an avid hockey fan, my Twitter feed began to blow up with tweets about an article that was posted on the New York Rangers' official blog entitled, "A Girl's Guide to Watching the Rangers." It had already been yanked from both the Rangers website and Twitter feed by the time I caught wind of it, but thankfully Sports Illustrated writer Sarah Kwak had tweeted screenshots of the entire article.
The article went on to tell women not to ask questions during a play, to get to know good-looking goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and when all else fails, know the schedule so they could organize a girls' night out.
Even after receiving almost 40 negative comments, the article remained on the site. An editor's note appeared on the article stating that this was the first article to be posted on Blueshirts United where the contributor was not a member of the Rangers organization.
It didn't last much longer than that.
Maybe they need to rethink the idea of letting outsiders contribute to their blog, especially if the Rangers are going to promote the articles through their social media outlets.
The article's content isn't even what saddens me the most.
It's the fact that the author of the article was a female herself.
Shame on you, Mirna Mandil.
As one of the many females who are heavily active in the world of sports for both work and pleasure, it irritates me that another female is working against progress in this industry.
Today's article was posted by a fan contributor. We determined article was inappropriate & took it down. We apologize to all offended fans.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 26, 2013
To some it may sound outdated, but women who truly enjoy sports still have to fight off a lot of negative stereotypes. It is still said that we don't know anything about the game or we are just into it because we want to marry the players.
I am proud to admit that I know the game.
The New Jersey Devils came about the year before I was born. I grew up watching every single game with my grandfather. As a five-year-old I didn't seem to care that sports were supposed to be for men only, and as a 50-year-old, my grandfather didn't seem to care either.
That's how it should be.
I will always encourage others, both male and female, to engage in sports even if they don't know it very well.
I will never tell anyone to suppress their curiosity or inquisitiveness for fear of being rejected by someone.
Finally, shame on you, New York Rangers, for endorsing a person who did just that.
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