Originally Posted by eyemissgilmour
Give me a break. It is neither ignorant or sexist for him to have the opinion of women's hockey being painful to watch. Kids playing hockey is painful to watch also. But that's just for me - many people might feel differently and actually find entertainment value in it. Fair enough. But I don't and it's just a personal preference. Point is - personal preferences are not the same thing as ignorance.
it is completely ignorant and sexist to say that women's hockey is painful to watch. it's essentially saying 'women can not play hockey at a comparable level to men." that is a sexist statement. I am willing to be that female Canadian university hockey players could easily whip the snot out of anyone posting in this thread in a game of hockey.
Personal preference is saying "I prefer not to watch women's hockey." Sexism is saying "women's hockey is painful to watch."
You yourself just compared women's hockey to children's hockey, obliquely, in your own post. The language that we use to discuss these issues is indicative of how society has conditioned us to view women, and it comes out in unintentional as well as intentional ways.
Sexism is such an institution in our society - something that was have been so conditioned to accept as the norm - that we are in many cases incapable of recognizing our own ignorant or sexist actions.