How to cancel-proof a sport long hated by the beautiful people

Get women involved and sell the ‘trailblazing.’ If they get hurt or killed, offer thoughts and prayers.
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21 Responses to How to cancel-proof a sport long hated by the beautiful people

  1. Petros says:

    Bill Burr has a good bit about women’s sports in his latest Netflix special. Trouble is, CL, how long before they demand quotas in rodeo. They never let up with their stupid gender wars.

  2. C.L. says:

    The most notable practitioners of this PR tactic are football codes and jockeying.

    These are amongst the most hated-by-luvvies sports there are but now all you hear is women’s rounds and trailblazers. And there is a price: women jockeys, for example, are highly accident-prone.

  3. Not Trampis says:

    It aint a sport. you have an animal in involved.

  4. C.L. says:

    It’s an interesting question, I guess. Jockeys are incredibly skilled but, ultimately, they’re not the ones running and winning. Kim Beazley could have ridden Kingston Town to victory.

    Rodeo riding is pretty low-brow but campdrafting is both highly skilled and practically vital to workaday horsemanship.

    As always on these subjects, my ‘law of clubs’ applies: As the presence of women reaches a certain critical mass in any formerly male-only club, the prestige of the club diminishes and men leave for another. Eventually, the women follow.

    See politics and universities.

  5. NoFixedAddress says:

    NT

    you are correct that it isn’t a sport but the ability to ride is a skill and many people appreciate good skills.

    And what is the alternative, you either tame wild horses or you shoot them dead.

  6. Old School Conservative says:

    Just getting away from the serious point of the article for a moment – pictures of gorgeous young women in great outfits was a very nice way to start the day. Thanks C.L.

  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    and NT

    go to Calgary, Canada and you tell ’em.

  8. Wyndham Dix says:

    CL says:

    “…my ‘rule of clubs’…See politics and universities.”

    And schools. Which is why we have so many soy boys today.

    Kipling

  9. Not Trampis says:

    Happy for people to like this but it i as much a sport as is horse racing.

    to be a sport there has to be at least one human against another human in doing something.

  10. Gab says:

    to be a sport there has to be at least one human against another human in doing something.

    The other riders are not human? How speciesist of you!

  11. Roger W says:

    Interesting that the ABC is not interested in the cruelty involved.

    What causes Broncos to buck?
    As well as repeatedly being kicked with metal spurs, the flank, or “bucking,” strap or rope is tightly cinched around the animals’ abdomens, which causes them to “buck vigorously to try to rid themselves of the torment.”

    In addition, “Bucking horses often develop back problems from the repeated poundings they take from the cowboys,” Dr. Cordell Leif told the Denver Post.

  12. False Equivalence says:

    As the presence of women reaches a certain critical mass in any formerly male-only club, the prestige of the club diminishes and men leave for another.
    I’m not sure what happens at the Melbun Club CL, but my local rugby club has thrived since families (men, women, kids) became heavily involved.

  13. NoFixedAddress says:

    Not Trampis says:
    4 August, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Happy for people to like this but it i as much a sport as is horse racing.

    You obviously know nothing about race horses nor horse racing.

    They are a lot more intelligent than a lot of humans including most politicians.

  14. Shy Ted says:

    The majority of lady riders at these events are gorgeous.

  15. Rockdoctor says:

    Wowee, been to plenty of Rodeos in my younger days. Usually a great night then the afterparty in the parking lot as well before we all slept it off in non descript areas of NQ.

    Seriously, seen enough males pulverised then limping or crawling off after the clown drew the bull away. I smell a rat, maybe bull temperaments or even smaller animals being used. Most ladies working the stations I have done drilling programs on don’t look like that. The shapes I saw were mainly thin wiry and could roll their own white ox rollys with one hand or plump girls who could engage in a bit of heavy lifting. All were full of scars.

    Looks to me to be another useless peeing contest.

  16. C.L. says:

    Several years ago, after a spate of serious falls involving lady jockeys, a venerable (male) trainer was interviewed on the general subject. He observed that while women were good with horses, they did not roll and ride – nor were they ballasted and balanced – like men; to their detriment. Never heard from him again, despite many female falls (a few catastrophic) since then.

  17. NoFixedAddress says:

    C.L.

    I doubt that women jockeys have any more injuries than men.

    There is only one way to learn how to ride a horse and that is do it.

    Horses have been around for a time now and they are not dumb animals.

  18. C.L. says:

    Here’s a Daily Telegraph report from 2014 on the earlier spate and the gentleman observer I referenced above:

    Four in 14 months: Why are so many female jockeys dying during horse races?

    THE death of four women jockeys in 14 months on the track, as well as others suffering serious injuries, has the industry asking questions, writes Jordan Baker.

    Four women in 14 months, and no men.

    Even looking at the past 10 jockey deaths, women are disproportionately represented at half, given that while women make up a third of jockeys – mostly apprentices – they get just 10 per cent of race starts…

    Last week, jockeys, trainers, stewards and administrators all insisted the women’s deaths were a horrible coincidence, and nothing to do with gender.

    What’s more, the deaths of these women could, in punters’ and old-fashioned trainers’ minds at least, set-back equal opportunity in racing, a cause that has been hard-fought and is not yet won.

    “Please don’t go down that path,” says Des O’Keeffe, the general manager of the Australian Jockeys’ Association, when asked whether these deaths would make trainers more reluctant to choose female jockeys.

    “These women have worked their backsides off to be considered competent, skilled, professional jockeys.

    “Whether they are female or male genuinely shouldn’t come into it, what is relevant is that they are every bit as skilled, as competent, as dedicated, and as professional as their male counterparts, and deserve to be recognised as that.”

    But one trainer, Victoria’s Paddy Payne, whose six daughters became jockeys – among them well-known rider Michelle Payne – voiced doubts about women’s relative safety on the track.

    “They don’t roll the same when they hit the ground,” he told Melbourne’s The Herald Sun, quoting an old, unscientific horseman’s saying: “Men fall like boiled eggs. Women fall like raw eggs.”

    Note well that authorities were not interested in the facts but only in public relations.

  19. jupes says:

    The Herald Sun, quoting an old, unscientific horseman’s saying: “Men fall like boiled eggs. Women fall like raw eggs.”

    “Unscientific” LOL

  20. Tel says:

    THE death of four women jockeys in 14 months on the track, as well as others suffering serious injuries

    Caused by Climate Change … exactly what was predicted … after a few adjustments.

  21. Petros says:

    Women get injured in the military much more so then men from what I can tell. No one publishes this data.

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