Men's Health Faces Backlash for 'The Secret to Talking Sports with Women'
An article entitled “The Secret to Talking Sports with Any Woman” in Men’s Health has incensed thousands of people online, garnering the magazine over 4800 mentions on Twitter. If the generalizing title wasn’t enough, the sub headline continues: “The things that interest you are unlikely to interest her, but you can still make a connection; here’s how.”
The piece is a fragment of an article, and it’s the lack of information and blind generalizations that make it so insulting. For the seductive sports secret, Men’s Health turned to Andrei Markovits, Ph.D. and coauthor of Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States. He reported: “Most women don’t care about stats.” Instead, apparently, “most women” would rather hear the stories behind the players.
One of the best comebacks came from Megan Greenwell, senior editor at ESPN Magazine, and the woman in charge of the annual analytics issue.
— Megan Greenwell (@megreenwell) October 6, 2014
The point? Some women love sports, adore the numbers around them, and would rather not get into the soap opera-esque stories that surround the players. Others might ask you to turn the game off as soon as they walk in the door. Any article that claims to offer a lesson for connecting with ANY woman should devote more than seven sentences to the topic.