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Handbags at 40 paces

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ThinkAboutItTomorrow Mon 23-Dec-13 21:54:21

'Handbags at 40 paces' when spewed at footballers who are fighting in a childish way is rude to women and should be purged from football lingo. I'm not being silly and precious am i? DP and BIL think i am. A bit.

PenguinsDontEatStollen Mon 23-Dec-13 22:05:11

No, you aren't.

Phrases that imply that the female is to be weak, or silly, or irrational give me the fucking rage.

See also: cried like a girl, throws like a girl, etc.

ArtetasSwollenAnkle Mon 23-Dec-13 22:31:16

Perhaps the handbags reference is homophobic rather than a reference to women. It's been around for years, when the likes of Dick Emery and his Honkytonks character was on TV.

TheDoctrineOfSanta Tue 24-Dec-13 07:39:01


Julietee Tue 24-Dec-13 07:49:11

Nope. The implication is that women, their lives and conflicts are irrelevant. It minimises and infantilises at the same time. Deeply sexist.

ThinkAboutItTomorrow Tue 24-Dec-13 08:09:05

Thank you. They even thought it was hilarious i was telling them off. Grrr

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