Is The League Too Sexist?

Don’t Burn That Bra: Most Women Don’t Care That ‘The League’ is Sexist

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by •January 22, 2013 •GuysGirl, Movies & TV, Questionably ClassyComments (9)1749

Is The League Too Sexist?Is The League Too Sexist?

Apparently the buzz on the internet, the most trustworthy of news sources, is that “The League,” a half hour comedy about a fantasy football league is sexist — worthy of a boycott, even, depending on the source. I think that’s a bit extreme. For starters, if we’re going to talk about women’s rights and sexism and gender inequality let’s kindly remember last year’s election year and maybe we should be discussing these topics as they relate to our elected officials, and then deal with a TV show.

I’m a woman and I approve this article — because I wrote it. I’m here to tell you I watch “The League” and I don’t care if it’s sexist. I don’t even consider it a guilty pleasure like those MTV train-wrecks they call reality shows. Most women I know don’t care that the show is (allegedly) sexist and I’ll give you my top reasons why. Right here, right now.

It Might Not Even Really Be Sexist

I’m not sure the show is inherently sexist. Sure there are lots of jokes about women and wives, but they also tend to get turned back around on the male characters. I’m not saying this show is a paragon of political correctness, I’m just not sure there’s a consistent point of view that degrades women. Sure, female characters may not get equal representation, but Jenny (the only principal female cast member) is one of the most clever and capable characters on the show in both league play and everyday life.

It’s Not Real

This show doesn’t present itself as a a realistic reflection on our socio-political climate. In fact, the Mademan manual on fantasy football doesn’t say a thing about pranks, smack talking, or vaginal hubris. I think we can rest assured that the show is not an accurate reflection of the common man’s fantasy football experience.

It’s Hilarious

I could stop there, but I won’t. The show is really, truly funny. And it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I have laughed until I cried on several occasions watching this show. When something is legitimately hilarious (without being hateful or too dark) you can get away with some pretty daring material. The people working on this show walk that line brilliantly.

There’s No Call to Action

No one finishes an episode of this show and thinks, “Wow, we should really take the vote away from women.” There’s no propaganda advocating for a roll-back on women’s rights or asserting that women are inherently worse at anything (or everything) than men are.

Equal Opportunity Comedy

Much like the far more controversial “South Park” everyone is a fair target, and that’s what makes the show so incredibly funny. This program doesn’t limit itself to jokes or digs at the expense of women. In my own experience, I’ve probably laughed more at the expense of Andre than any other character. If anything, this show is Andre-ist and since that’s not a thing, I’m not too worried about it.

At this point, my best advice to you is to check out the show for yourself before you jump on a bandwagon either way. If you like it, great, and if not, well this is America so that’s okay too.

About the author, Megan Xiao
Megan is a film fanatic. She loves to curl up with a bowl of Jiffy Pop and watch TMC or stream indy films on Hulu. She can go for a chick flic just as easily as an action-packed movie with Vince Vaughn. Currently, her fantasy husband is Ben Affleck and her favorite movie is “Argo,” but that will likely change tomorrow.

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9 Responses to Don’t Burn That Bra: Most Women Don’t Care That ‘The League’ is Sexist

  1. Alex Kirby says:

    Are people actually complaining about a show that is so obviously not realistic?

  2. Guys Girl says:

    Unfortunately there are. Instead of finding humor in it, these select people seem to think its the end of society as we know it.

  3. Alex Kirby says:

    It really does women a disservice IMO when a few of them who claim to speak for all of them raise hell about something that is meaningless like this, it makes it seem like women are a bunch of wet blankets.

  4. Guys Girl says:

    Internet trolls come in all shapes, sizes and genders.

  5. questionwhatyousee says:

    Um, I certainly care that this show is sexist! Media that portrays women fulfilling negative gender stereotypes isn’t good for society and not enough people question what they see on TV.
    The fact that this article is on a website called “guy’s girl” doesn’t surprise me though. It seems like you’re trying too hard to impress guys.

  6. GuysGirl says:

    questionwhatyousee How does this show portray to “negative gender stereotypes”?

  7. questionwhatyousee says:

    GuysGirl questionwhatyousee
    L.V. Anderson of put it nicely:
    “The universe of the show is littered with female stereotypes: dumb blondes, angry black women, gold-diggers, cougars, emasculating girlfriends. Pete once dated a girl who broke his penis during sex—no unflattering portrayal of women, not even the vagina dentata myth, goes unexplored on The League. In the new season, Kevin’s brother Taco (Jon Lajoie) agrees to “trade” the attractive woman he’s dating for one of Pete’s wide receivers.
    The only women in the league itself is Jenny (Katie Aselton), Kevin’s wife, who joined in Season 2. Last season, Kevin told Jenny that she “is not a girl,” and he meant this as a compliment. Jenny likes football, sex, beer, and weed. She’s cool with porn and rape jokes, too; in general, she doesn’t seem to like other women very much, judging from her catty interactions with Ruxin’s sexy wife and her apparent lack of female friends. Unsurprisingly, Jenny’s the most underdeveloped character of the regulars; it was only last season that we learned what she does for a living. Instead of giving her idiosyncratic traits, the writers are content to distinguish Jenny from the other league members by her genitalia.”

  8. questionwhatyousee says:

    To be honest, the show isn’t even what has got me upset here. It’s the title of your article that got my attention: Most women don’t care that the league is sexist (on a website called guy’s girl). To me, this is equivalent to the following: Most black people don’t care that [tv show] is racist, on a website called white man’s negroe. The only difference between sexism and racism is the groups that they target. Sexism is very real and prominent in our society and a lot of media is sexist whether you acknowledge it or not.
    And though your “There’s No Call to Action” section of this article may be right in that this show may not influence extreme attitudes, there are real consequences to sexism in the media such as the objectification of women and how it justifies violence against women. You may think these opinions are extreme. 
    I read in your bio that you’re a film fanatic. An excellent movie that I’ve watched recently is one called Missrepresentation. It sheds light on some issues that you may not be aware of, and is a movie that more men and women should watch if we care about the well being of our sons and daughters. I highly, highly recommend watching it if you’re curious about where I’m coming from, even if you 100% completely disagree with me! There’s never a good excuse to deny food for thought.

  9. GuysGirl says:

    questionwhatyousee I’ve actually seen that documentary/movie and agree that it’s fantastic as well as eye-opening. This article was originally written by a writer named Megan but myself (Blythe) serves as the Founder/Editor of GuysGirl. In the documentary, you may have noticed that only 16% of Editors and Writers in the US are women. 
    Only 16%. 
    So I’m very proud to say that as a woman, I am part of that 16% that hopefully can change the culture of the way women are represented, which is why I started GuysGirl. So you can possibly understand a bit of frustration when its said I only started this site to “impress guys” when in fact, I started this site to represent the 40+% of women who are diehard sports fans/movie geeks that are out there. 
    The term “GuysGirl” is to represent those women who are comfortable in their femininity but also like things typically thought of as “guys only”. While I share Megan’s view on The League, I also agree with you that we certainly have a long way to go in the representation of women against typical stereotypes that we hope to change with this site everyday. I hope this clears some things up and you continue to read and participate in interesting discussions on GuysGirl.

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