I haven’t been able to get The Hunting Ground out of my head since I watched it. It’s the kind of documentary that makes you want to destroy people and things and industries and institutions.
Then today’s posts on Broadly appeared and are just as infuriating.
I am not a football fan. Like other institutions that overtly exclude women from their highest and most revered ranks, it isn’t worthy of my time. And it’s boring. So while my boyfriend was watching a game at the start of this season, I was busy doing more interesting things on my phone, not even looking at the television screen, when I sarcastically asked, “How many rapists are on that field right now?”
“Well, actually, like three—that I know of,” he answered.
That’s when I started paying attention.
Are you not a football fan, but still wonder why the fuck alleged violent criminals are allowed to earn millions of dollars in this organization? We wrote this for you.
When we celebrate these men as athletes and role models while overlooking their alleged histories, we contribute to a culture in which violent misogyny is normalized.