During live commentary of the BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame, 73-year-old ESPN commentator Brent Musburger took some time to drool over football player AJ McCarron's 23-year-old girlfriend (and Miss Alabama) Katherine Webb. According to Musburger's wonky logic, McCarron earned a hot girlfriend by being really good at throwing a pointy ball around on a field.
In case you're still wondering why people like myself find Musburger's comments creepy, I'd now like to issue a friendly reminder that a) girls are not prizes that you win for being good at things and b) when you issue uninvited commentary on women's looks or bodies, this is why we throw things at you.
Okay, guys, here is why women find excessively commentary on female bodies gross: It's the 4000th time we've heard it. Today.
OF COURSE it wouldn't bother you. No one ever says, "That quarterback was obviously only chosen because he's got such a sweet ass."
Your value to society is not contingent on your body, so when people talk about male bodies, of course it wouldn't feel threatening.— Cloudy Jenn (@cloudyjenn) January 9, 2013
But hey, guess what? Not all women are the same. Some are cool. Others have been hurt so badly by it that they react poorly.
And by cool, I mean 'fine with it.'
Next time someone gets upset and lashes out, how about we assume she's hurting and upset and not call her any variety of 'oversensitive.'
Because, gents, there's nothing worse than having your feelings hurt and then being mocked for having your feelings hurt.
In conclusion, repeat after me,"It doesn't matter if I don't understand why she's upset. I do not get to decide what is okay for everyone.'
"Women are not funny-shaped projections of my inner desires. They can do, think and feel whatever the fuck they want and I can't stop them."
The worst thing about this Mussberger or whatever the fuck his name is thing is that people think this is what we're angry about.
Yes, it's creepy that a 73 year old man made a bunch of overtly sexual comments about a much younger woman. It's pretty vomitous actually.
But it's fucking nonsense compared to what really terrifies us. What occupies our thoughts. The abuse, the raping, the harrassment.