There is so much hoopla around male versus female, equal rights for men and women, feminism, femininity and what not. Topics from ‘why women can’t go out late’, ‘why women can’t speak their mind’ or ‘why women do not have the freedom to wear what they like’ trend almost regularly on social media platforms, TV or print media. But why isn’t anyone focusing on the positives then? Like the most beloved sport of the country being represented by women of the country at an international level! Let’s try to understand some reasons behind why our women’s cricket team doesn’t get the attention it deserves and why nobody from the media or even women who love cricket are not talking about it.
1. Male-centric upbringing and environment
Women work and walk shoulder to shoulder with men in almost all fields now. However, the patriarchy still exists in the older generation and this shows in our thinking at least in some areas. Well, cricket and sports is one such area.
2. The common belief that women aren’t good at sports
Sports in our country are and have always been focused on men.
3. It’s not an interesting topic to discuss
Most of us don’t watch it because nobody else does. Also it doesn’t get much media coverage because of the same reasons. Nobody is interested so it’s not a good topic for the TRPs.
4. The funding or endorsing isn’t as much as that of the male cricketers
Male cricketers do a lot more than just play cricket. They’re in ads, events and what not! This is why they are well-known; this is why people remember them. Who knows about the women cricketers? Very few people, and that’s partly because their presence outside the cricket pitch is almost zero.
5. Maybe there is too much ‘women oriented’ news around
Maybe, just maybe there’s a slight chance that nobody talks about this angle of women empowerment because there is already too much of it around us. Plus, of course this is a positive side of it and people usually only focus on or want to argue about the negative points which makes for good debates and arguments.
6. Others don’t watch
Most people end up not watching because nobody in their social circle watches it either.
7. No eye candy
For years people have been watching movies, TV soaps and even sports because the people who acted or played looked good. Looks matter to some, especially males. Women cricketers do not dress like female tennis players. So there is hardly any scope for the sexist image the men want to see.
8. The figures (runs and wickets) aren’t as massive or impressive as their male counterparts.
Who wants to talk about statistics of women cricketers when Kohli just made another half century? Or when we are busy comparing Tendulkar’s records to that of all those who are playing currently? This doesn’t even come close to that.
There could be more reasons. Like the timing of the matches, the days on which India’s matches are scheduled, etc., but similar reasons have hardly affected the men’s cricket or its popularity. Where are all the women activists now? Why isn’t anyone talking about how wonderfully the women’s cricket is faring so far or what are their chances of winning? Seems like we live in a world where only what is popular should be debated on or talked about.