Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

January 25, 2011

Dear so and so....oh yes, it's football related!

Dear Andy Gray,

Well, well, well, well, isn't this a fine mess you've got yourself into? What a big, brave, hilarious fellow you are with your witty, insightful - nay, hilarious - banter with your best buddy Richard.

How shocking it must have been for you to learn that a woman, an actual FEMALE would dare to wear some shorts and an 'officials' jersey and presume to know the off-side rule!! The mind boggles. No wonder you felt the need to undermine her professional ability and assess her looks.

But you obviously misunderstood the while thing, because quite clearly, she wasn't an actual match official at all, but just an innocent, local radio competition winner having a nice day out. She must have been because, as we all know, football isn't a game for women to be involved in, let alone officiate over. And as for the off-side rule - wow, this is just way too complex for women to even begin to fathom. I mean, how on earth could we be expected to understand something as tricky as that? Blimey, we only just figured out how to parallel park and change a lightbulb - give us a break.

As for the woman at the centre of all this, clearly, Ms Massey - the assistant referee - should have been at home painting her toenails or ironing some shirts or baking a cake or having a baby because, as we all know, that's all women are good for. Right?

I hope you are ashamed of your infantile comments - although I very much doubt it. You are probably sitting in a pub with your P45 and several of your mates having a good guffaw about the whole, silly incident while deciding whether the woman pouring your pint is decent looking or not.

Yours in absolute disbelief.

p.s. were you aware that it is actually the year 2011? No. Thought not.



  1. you go girlfriend. Have to say, I was in holiday in SA recently with my family and was horrified at the sexism. Un.Be.Lie.Va.Ble

  2. Oh Andy ........... If only us women could also learn the art of switching off a microphone, oh no that was you, ha ha !!
    (By the way I do know the offside rule )


  3. We really do understand the off side rule. It isn't that difficult, after all you men can understand it easily enough!

  4. Oooh, off side rule...
    Is that the one where I get pulled over by that nice policeman for hogging the middle lane on the motorway, and then bat my eyes so he lets me off with merely a warning?


    LCM x

  5. Sad that sexist remarks are still so neanderthal isn't it? Little boys never really grow up fully.


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