'Should Tennis girls be paid the same as men?' says the front page of the Daily Mail. And the clue is in the question. Of course 'girls' should not be paid the same as men. But should 'women'?
The paper pitches this quite subtly but there it is: women are less than men, why should they get paid more? From the 'Femail' section (which implies women don't read the real news) to this, women are put in their place and expected to put up and shut up. If we don't- if we drink or have sex for example, we are binge-drinking slatterns and if we play sport we shouldn't expect to get paid like men because we're worth less. In business we're worth less, and in every other aspect of life.
The tennis issue has bothered me for a while. Vocally in the past I have said women should be paid less, as they only play 3 sets to men's 5. However, I've changed my mind, and it's for exactly the reason of us being called 'girls' on the front of the paper and 99% of people probably not batting an eyelid. Well, I am. Because if society continues to treat women in this way, we'll keep getting valued less and we will never progress as sports-people, or in the army, or anywhere . And if the balance is now unfair, i.e. women are getting paid MORE than men at Wimbledon, because they are getting the same for less, then why the raised eyebrows? It's been the other way for hundreds of years. Deal with it. Maybe the balance needs to go back that way before true equality can be achieved.