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jaame alicialeggett's article
May 12, 2021 at 3:22
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6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@emptybe-er: I never said anything about the same course. My stance always has and always will be, women make less because they aren't as good. When we ostensibly link earnings to race resukts, it stands to reason that the best should make the most. The best are the men between about 19 and 30. Anyone at the top of the top class deserves the most money, assuming they are getting paid for results. Women are not at the top of the top class because they are not even in the top class. They have their own class because they cannot compete at the top of the sport. That's not sexist or anything, it's just logical and rational. Prize money for women should be less because they are performing to a lower level, just like juniors, vets, masters, rippers. If you're talking about getting paid to train, then I would say that's equal work and they deserve equal pay. They definitely train as hard as the men. If we're talking about value to a sponsor in terms of exposure or sales revenue generated from social media, whatever... the person bringing in the most revenue deserves the most coin. Contrtary to what some people seem to think, I'm not sexist or mean. I'm just stating obvious facts. It does irritate me to constantly read about "we deserve x or y because the men get it and we do the same job". It is so entited. Why did their parents or teachers ever let them believe that they deserve the same as someone else who is demostrably much better at that thing than they are? It is the definition of sexist to state that women will only race women because it's not fair to make them race men... but they do the same job so they deserve the same pay. It's not just sexist, it's ridiculous. But yeah, I agree with most of what you say. Let kids be kids, encourage them to do whatever they want and just strive to be the best that they can be, hoping they enjoy the ride.
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 12, 2021 at 0:47
20 hours
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@emptybe-er: I wish my daughter was influenced more by me and less by societal norms in that regard. I’ve done everything I can think of to get her out on her bike with me since she was born. There is literally no interest there from her side, and there never has been, even from before she knew there was such things as girls and boys. She definitely got pulled into Tarkwondo by her female friends though so there might be something in it, although I am largely cynical of the idea in general that girls do girl stuff because society tells them to. Also I was in the skatepark the other day in town, and it was full of teenagers. All the boys were BMXing, scootering, skateboarding. All the girls were sitting around the bowls talking. Only one girl was actually partaking in an activity. I commented to my daughter how sad it was that all the boys are actually practicing a skill, and the girls are sitting on their arses watching. Don’t be that kind of girl, I told her. Do something for yourself when you get older. Don’t be a groupie.
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 23:16
21 hours
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 14:12
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jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 14:10
1 day
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@emptybe-er: I agree with you on this, and have stated the same up there^
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 11:01
1 day
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@Spencermon: for the record, I am a very pleasant person. I am also a realist and have no problem stating what is obvious to the vast majority of adult humans.
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 10:55
1 day
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@JayUpNorth: I’m happy with the status quo. That is, people choose their own careers. I sell toilets. Some people race bikes for a living. Some of them get paid more than others. That seems only right to me. In fact, since I believe in a meritocratic system, I am more than happy to see women make more money than men, or men to make more money than women. Earnings should (and do I think) correlate with the value of the individual doing the work. As a true liberal I believe in freedom. I don’t discriminate against anyone. These riders are free to choose whether they want to work for the money on offer or not. It makes no difference to me who makes what. I do think the idea that someone who is the 76th fastest racer in the world thinks she should earn the same as the fastest, simply because she is the fastest racer in the world who happens to have been born with a vagina and two ovaries, is totally misguided. Sexist even. Like I say, I don’t discriminate against any kind of human. If you’re a human and you are not a like for like replacement for that human doing that job, you cannot be considered to be doing equal work and therefore will not command the same salary. If employers start to care more about other forms of value, then absolutely women deserve what they deserve, which could be more than men. May the best human win!
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 8:59
1 day
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@pourquois-pas: the reason is because the level of achievement derived from winning in the two respective classes is not equal. It’s harder to beat 100 people than it is to beat five. It’s harder to climb Mt. Everest than it is to climb Kagulu Hill. The value associated with the two feats is not the same, because one is markedly more difficult. That is why women in sports should be paid less than men, if they are indeed being paid for results. Prize money if you like. Men should get more. An equal slice of the cake maybe, but it’s an equally proportioned slice of a much bigger cake. Because no one cares about women’s racing, because the level is not the same. I’m not saying they are all rubbish. I know those top girls are faster than me (although if I had a year as a full time pro with access to the best trainers and dietitians I doubt there would be many that would be) but the issue is that there are so few of them doing it. There was an article the other day in which the results sheet had at least two classes with only two finishers. If you’re a fast girl, you only have to finish to get on the podium, because there are only five fast ones! Those five are really fast. That is true. And talk of “it needs investment and time” is bollocks. If people wanted to watch it they would watch it now. Hit TV shows blow up in a year. People hear about it if it’s worth watching. People are clamouring for the next season. When is the new season out? Oh it’s around Christmas time! Woo! Everyone who wants to watch it is already watching it. That’s it. Anyone who thinks they are underpaid should change career, and that includes most of the men’s field too!
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 3:52
2 days
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@hamncheez: there was an all female Evian team before I think. I wonder what happened to that, in terms of whether or not it was considered a success at the end of its term.
jaame alicialeggett's article
May 11, 2021 at 3:26
2 days
6 Key Findings from Female Pro Riders - Pinkbike's State of the Sport Survey
@CustardCountry: Looks are a box to tick. Another string to your bow. That’s what I tell my daughter. Strive to be the best you that you can be. Try hard at school, give it your all. I want you to go to university and chase a great career that you are passionate about. If you want to be rich, make it so. Also, being good looking and healthy helps. People who meet you in any situation are looking for certain qualities when they assess whether they want to befriend/date/know/employ you. Being good looking is one box of many that will increase your social value and make your dreams more likely to become a reality. So do not focus on looks, but understand that good looks will help you to get where you want to go in life. If you’re awesome at everything you do, you’re going to be competing with other people who are awesome at what they do. All other things being equal, if you’re also good looking, healthy, fit, you’re putting yourself above someone else who has everything you have except those things. Like it or not, physical attractiveness is a valuable commodity. It is one among many. It should not be elevated to a status higher than its value, but should also not be discounted.
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