I'm excited to return to my hometown and the place from where I earned my Ph.D. -- Athens, Ohio -- at the beginning of next week to speak to Ohio University students about sexism in sports journalism.
A few weeks ago, the management of the student-run TV station WOUB fired 11 male sports staffers after accusations of sexist behavior and sexual harassment. Several members of the journalism community then put together a panel to talk with students about such behavior and harassment in the industry.
In the past, I have spoken at two events on similar topics, but surrounding different events. At both those events, I felt as if I was simply preaching to the choir -- a large auditorium or a cramped classroom filled with young women who have either experienced the sexism first hand, or simply endured a lack of coverage they get as female athletes.
My hope for this event is that it will be well attended by young male journalists and professors, as well as male athletes and coaches.
For me, it isn't enough to just talk about the problem with those who relate anymore because I don't think women are the ones who can make the changes.
Curing sexism - especially in this age of social media vitriol and when a presidential candidate spews misogynist vile every other TV news frame - is on the shoulders of men. And, it is in their interest as sons, brothers, friends, husbands, boyfriends, fathers and citizens to bear that cross.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online from Palgrave Macmillan. (Hardback available in September 2021.)
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.