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I prefer to hear a male voice’: Women commentators find harsh judgment at World Cup
Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2018 | Isaac Stanley-Becker

Posted on 06/26/2018 5:28:44 AM PDT by C19fan

The play began slowly, with a neat corner kick to one of Portugal’s midfielders — four minutes into last week’s World Cup match against Morocco. The drama built with a lob to the six-yard box, tantalizingly close to the goal. And it reached a crescendo with a a diving header by Cristiano Ronaldo that sent the ball to the back of Morocco’s net. One to 0.

Who gets to narrate such moments of high athletic drama became a subject of controversy this week when Vicki Sparks, a British sports journalist who made history by becoming the first woman to commentate on a live World Cup match for British television, faced criticism for her “high-pitched tone.”

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TOPICS: Society; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: sports; women
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I hate women in the booth. Beth Mowins at ESPN is horrible. Thankfully she is usually relegated to crap college football games.
1 posted on 06/26/2018 5:28:45 AM PDT by C19fan
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I just think that a low pitch voice is just easier on the ears.


2 posted on 06/26/2018 5:33:09 AM PDT by LukeL
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I’ve notice that certain women’s voices are hard to hear coming from the TV.


3 posted on 06/26/2018 5:37:14 AM PDT by Retvet (Retvet)
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Or from the kitchen

*ducks*

I keed, I keed


4 posted on 06/26/2018 5:43:20 AM PDT by PlateOfShrimp
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I do not get ESPN, but was at a friend’s house Sunday and we were watching the Nats game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. They had a woman I now know to be Jess Mendoza announcing the game. It was awful. I do not want to hear from a woman how to place one’s fingers on a baseball to throw a slider.


5 posted on 06/26/2018 5:46:49 AM PDT by KevinB (I do not care for that Obama fellow.)
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This article is more liberal propaganda. Most of the criticism of the new female bbc soccer commentator were directed at her lack of game knowledge and commentary, not just her tone. But of course, we can’t discuss that in the Post.


6 posted on 06/26/2018 5:47:18 AM PDT by Nicojones
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I think Julie Foudy does an excellent job.


7 posted on 06/26/2018 5:48:10 AM PDT by sphinx
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“...moments of high athletic drama...”

Bwahahahaha.


8 posted on 06/26/2018 5:48:27 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Retvet

The frequencies of their voices match the general crowd background noise and blend in.

Ironically, they think that shouting over the crowd will make them more easily heard when it only exacerbates the problem because it brings out more of the high mid frequencies which blend in even more.

Objectively, the female Fox commentator is having a poor world cup with her desire to ‘prove’ she knows as much as the men do. In one match the video replays clearly showed an own goal while she banged on and on about the offensive buildup and a header from the striker - except there was no header. It was an own goal. Still, she had her so-called analysis of that which never occurred ready and plowed on with it.


9 posted on 06/26/2018 5:49:30 AM PDT by relictele
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I went to an IMAX documentary film the other day at the natural history museum. In the film, they had some young female narrating, probably an actress, but I don’t know one from the other these days. Anyway, it really kinda detracted from the movie. She didn’t have a good voice for narration. To do that sorta thing, you need a certain kind of voice. Some women have good voices for such. Linda Hunt and Susan Sarandon are to the come to mind that can really make things interesting. This was the second IMAX film that I have seen that used a young female voice, and both times it hurt the movie in my opinion.


10 posted on 06/26/2018 5:50:31 AM PDT by beaversmom
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>>I hate women in the booth. <<

Or on the sidelines, except as eye candy.

Chicks can study all they want but there is no way they played the game (maybe soccer or baseball but even then not the WAY guys play) so they can’t understand what is going on in the most important part of any game: under the cap of the players.

All sideline chicks have the SAME report: “I talked to Coach Schmedlap and he said we have to concentrate on all facets of the game and we have to protect the ball.”

They report cliches since that is all they are given and can understand.


11 posted on 06/26/2018 5:50:41 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("We were designed as gardeners, not cubicle rats." (/robroys woman))
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Send them Beth Mowins.


12 posted on 06/26/2018 5:50:49 AM PDT by mindburglar (I missed my flight...)
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The sex of the commentator doesn’t matter. Buy the sponsor’s junk food, sit in a chair and enjoy the false sense of achievement as you get fat and unhealthy.


13 posted on 06/26/2018 5:51:38 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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Listeners to these sports events narrated by females are picking up on a few factors. First, I think women are over doing the voice and fluctuations, attempting to sound solid and in control which is harder when your natural voice is higher than an average male. Second, I think today’s women speak in obnoxious segments similar to text language, improper vocal punctuation and it is extremely annoying to listen to. There is no natural flow or rhythm to what and how they are calling the game. Not all of them are this bad, some of the older ones are a better but this new crop of dunces make me turn the sound off.


14 posted on 06/26/2018 5:52:11 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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Finger nails on a chalk board.


15 posted on 06/26/2018 5:54:19 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE (A progressive liberalsÂ’ happiness is built on systemic contingencies, which they will then seek to)
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I put the game on mute after the first inning. I don’t need someone telling me what’s happening when I can just watch it and see for myself. You’re right, it was awful...


16 posted on 06/26/2018 5:54:28 AM PDT by Russ
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I watched a college football game not too long ago and heard a female sideline reporter say that the real star if the game is the mother of an athlete because “she works two jobs...while the father of the player is in prison...” Meanwhile, a key play was considered secondary.


17 posted on 06/26/2018 5:54:40 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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All depends on the situation. Seems to me police like to hear a female voice meaning female dispatchers.


18 posted on 06/26/2018 5:56:08 AM PDT by dennisw
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And the incessant questions about “how does it make you feeeeel....”


19 posted on 06/26/2018 5:58:49 AM PDT by pinkandgreenmom
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As guys get older and start to lose hearing, it's the female voice range that goes first.
Probably because it's worn out (ducking).

20 posted on 06/26/2018 6:00:35 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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