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Enough Shameful Wielding of The Patriarchy – The Time to See Women Rise is Now

Jared Porter is yet another in a long line of misogynists who are preventing women from rising to the highest levels of the sporting world.

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Enough Shameful Wielding of The Patriarchy – The Time to See Women Rise is Now

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Jared Porter has been fired by the New York Mets. Jared Porter is a trash human. The Mets removed him after he admitted to sending sexually explicit photos to a female reporter.

Do we know who this reporter is? No. Does it really matter that we know? No. Why is that, Kevin? Well, everyone, it’s because this isn’t about calling out the victim. It’s about knowing that, systemically, women are the victims of this type of crap constantly, and we need to root out the men who think this type of behavior is okay. And the ones who may not be for it, but say nothing.

What we do know about this reporter is that she no longer works in the game. And that this incident is the reason why. Oh, and that she told ESPN in 2017, but Porter had previously said he didn’t send them, but now is saying he did. So, let’s look at that for a moment.

Why didn’t we believe her then, but we believe him now?

As a society, we’ve allowed men to wield power, and historically pushed women into a “traditional” category of some sort of subservient human. Because of this, “macho men” continue to perpetuate this toxic behavior, and don’t listen to, or really generally respect, women.

No wonder women have a hard time getting into high level sports positions. The men understand their power and they weaponize it against women. We’ve seen two MLB teams take a step forward this year, with the Marlins hiring a female GM and the Red Sox adding a female coach to their minor league system. I couldn’t be happier for Kim Ng and Bianca Smith. They deserve it.

But let’s be clear about this, it took Kim Ng 30 years to get to the same position as Jared Porter, who is 41.

These teams were celebrated for something that shouldn’t actually be a huge piece of news. We should be celebrating that competent, successful people are getting installed in those positions. But instead, we must celebrate that women, and in those two cases in particular women of color, are getting these jobs.

We need to scream it from the rooftops.

A path must be laid out for women in sports (and, really, every job out there) to grow into whatever they aspire to. And men need to swallow the pill that is apparently hard for some.

You have no issue enjoying Alex Morgan winning a World Cup until she asks for equal pay. You listen to Maria Taylor until she leaves Anthony Davis off the All-NBA ballot. Katie Nolan is fantastic until she says something you don’t like. Bianca Smith will be applauded until she makes an adjustment to a second baseman that he struggles with. Kim Ng will be celebrated until she makes a trade that was no worse than anything the Marlins have done in the past 10 years.

This is exhausting, and I’m tired of it. If, somehow, you aren’t already treating women as your equals, do it. It’s long past time, guys. And if you can’t get with the program? Get out. There is not and should not be any space for you.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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