Friday, July 11, 2008

Cricket... AND men...

Tell me, good folks, do you automatically assume that female cricket fans are gay? I'm sure many are, but no greater percentage than other other sport. And I mean genuine fans, not the tarts who accompany their menfolk to the matches in hope of being filmed half-dressed.

Two weekends ago I was at a political party conference.

I found myself sitting at a table of six where I was the only straight person.

One of the others asked me if I was gay, and I said no.

A bit later, during a particularly boring speech, I pulled my Wisden mag out of my bag.

"Are you sure you're not gay?"

Quite sure.

"I like cricket AND men," I explained, flicking through the mag to find a picture of Daniel Vettori.

The best I could do was Kevin Pietersen.

He doesn't do much for the argument of heterosexuality.

12 comments:

Jrod said...

Perhaps you should stop wearing flannel shirts to to conferences.

Rob said...

"I found myself sitting at a table of six where I was the only straight person."

Either you laugh in the face of probability ... or you was at the wrong conference...

I cannot say I had even thought about sexual orientation and cricket.

Oomby Dave said...

Cricket is for all, Soccer is for Homos so dont worry Miss Field:)

Wicket Maiden said...

I kind of know what you mean Miss Field, except rather than gay, people just think I'm weird, which can be quite annoying. By the way, I loved this line in your post:
"And I mean genuine fans, not the tarts who accompany their menfolk to the matches in hope of being filmed half-dressed."
Lol, it's been a minute since I read it and it's still making me smile ;-)

Edward Craig said...

Thanks for the name check Miss F. Glad we are being used as proof of sexuality - makes a change from our usual uses ...

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Miss Field said...

Jrod I happen to like flannel shirts. That's a joke btw. I didn't think there'd be any doubt but JUST in case...

Rob, I laugh in the face of probability, the gay/straight ratio of where I work is amazing.

WM it is so true, those women wouldn't know a cricket ball if it hit them on the head by the hand of Brett Lee... sort of like how the polite, interested, true English cricket fans get no thanks at the end of matches, just because the Barmy Army draw so much attention to themselves. 'Snot fair. Down with this sort of thing.

Love the new site Ed. Especially love the choice of colours for the banner.

Miriam said...

I don't think Vettori was necessarily the best example, Miss Field. I have a gay female friend who'd switch teams for him.

No-one's ever thought that my cricket obsession equates to gayness (although to quote Seinfeld, not that there's anything wrong with that).

As a bit of a tart myself, though, I feel I must run the sisterhood flag up the pole and stick up for the ladies who accompany menfolk to matches, on the basis that we shouldn't assume that they're not genuine fans (just like we shouldn't assume that all female cricket fans are gay). Also, a few female faces in a crowd make a match a more palatable prospect for the first-time female fan. I'm not saying that you male cricket watchers are all leery with wandering hands, of course (at least, you're not until you know me better).

Miss Field said...

Miriam, first of all, for admitting being a tart... you're so funny.

Whenever I've been and had the misfortune to be near a half-dressed hussy, the comments and questions that have drifted over don't do much to make me think they're there for much else than to fry their skin, but I agree that it isn't fair to say it's always the case.

"How come that team only has two players?"

Still, good for a laugh.

Wicket Maiden said...

Miriam, i can't believe you're a (self-confessed) tart, lol, that's completely the opposite of how i had imagained you.

Miriam said...

Wicket maiden, you say that like it's a bad thing. I'll be sticking up for a woman's right to be as tarty or non-tarty as she pleases (without assumptions being made about her intelligence) for as long as I can still breathe for myself, and even when I can't you'll have to prise my mascara out of my lifeless hands.

Wicket Maiden said...

No, no, I didn't mean for it to sound like a bad thing, i thought it was funny, look at my post, i put an 'lol' in it, i was merely stating that i had imagined you different. Sorry, if you felt offended, that wasn't my intention :-)

Miriam said...

Wicket maiden, do not worry in the slightest. I am not easily offended.