This is my fourth visit to Australia and I wish to come back here – many, many times. Let me start by saying that the people are incredibly friendly and helpful and that includes males and females. My comment is about my personal encounter with Australian female sports as I viewed it. Let me start by what I have noticed on many occasions.
For example, in 2016, there were cricket tournaments between New Zealand and Australia that involved males and females.
I think it was the television channel ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) that showed the highlights of the men’s match, but only commented on the women’s tournament. Not enough time? This was not the excuse, because after only commenting with a couple of sentences about the women’s match, an interviewer spoke to a male cricket star for at least five minutes!
A few minutes ago, Channel 9 News (Queensland) on February 26, 2016 interviewed a seasoned surfer who wants to eventually retire when he is still “on top.” The male interviewer asked him if his SON was getting interested in surfing. He confirmed the fact, but added that his DAUGHTER was also a good surfer.
A Typical Aussie Commercial?
Picture the commercial. Australian Mom, dad, son and daughter on the couch eating popcorn. The father speaks in Swahili (reference to the Lion King movie). He says, “I am the King and you are my son!” (warrior image and intent). Then dad turns to his daughter and muttered something like, “and who is the loveliest princess of them all?” Yeah, perpetuate the myth and stereotype that sons shall have kingly power while daughters will just be pretty faces.”
Australia is still struggling with marriage equality. While there is obviously the right-wing religious fundamentalists that object, there is still a prevailing ‘macho’ image of what an Australian male should be.
It is rare for Australian gay men to ‘come out’ but Jeremy Thorpe (The Thorpedo) was brave enough to do so.