Clementine “the other gift that keeps on giving” Ford directs her ire at professional surfing this week.
Obviously she doesn’t feel the need to write about this week’s survey that lists the worst countries to live in if one was female, Saudi Arabia’s recent relaxation of the laws banning female drivers or, I dunno, any other actual tangible, physical, systemic, legal abuse of women anywhere in the world other than western countries.
Nope, the worst thing in the world of wimmin this week was that there is a 100% differential between the prize money for male surfers and female surfers.
It’s a fact, there is.
Using our razor we might investigate the possible reasons behind this.
A material piece of evidence might be found by looking at the viewing figures for various surfing competitions. Helpfully, direct comparisons between the popularity of male vs female competitions can be seen in real time by simply looking at the ASP World Tour YouTube channel.
The contests are helpfully separated on the channel and by looking at the viewing figures below it’s obvious to anybody with a mind open to the possibility that not everything is sexist that the girls are getting a fraction of the eyeballs than the boys.
No, really. It’s about a tenth of the viewing figures for nearly every comparison made.
How might we explain this anomaly? After all, as La Ford points out, they’re surfing the same waves.
Perhaps the majority of viewers are women and they like to ogle at the chiselled and highly-skilled men? Well, no, this study suggests not.
So, if men make up most YouTube viewers and dominate the viewing figures for sport, why aren’t they watching the athletic, toned girl surfers?
This must surely be the mystery of our age.
The total consistency of a performance delta in Olympic records (and any other objective sporting test you might use) between men and women would suggest that, as with everything else, elite males are more competent at surfing than elite females.
The professional surfing bodies pay their staff accordingly.
Clementine Ford dislikes the reality of this situation and claims it is due to sexism.
Actually it is due to the biological fact that humans are a dimorphic species.
Facts don’t care about Clementine’s feelings.