Badminton player Gail Emms has hit out at the decision to change the term ‘batsman’ to ‘batter’ while appearing on Good Morning Britain.
The 44-year-old said it was a ‘backwards’ step to try and introduce gender equality to sports.
She said: “We have gone backwards! Gender equality in sports doesn’t exist.
Watch Gail Emms debate the subject on Good Morning Britain in the clip below…
“Boys are generally faster and stronger. So, girls have their own sort of style, their own team.
“Yes, gender-neutral language in business because you’re effectively doing the same job, it doesn’t matter necessarily whether you’re a boy or a girl.
“But it in sports, it does matter.”
She continued: “Girls, I am really proud that women’s sport has come such a long way and we should be supporting sportswomen and using the term women and also protecting girls sport as well.
“Be proud if you’re a girl playing cricket and being called a batsman.”
The English sportswoman then said how proud she was of women’s cricket, dubbing the summer a ‘huge success’.
“Women’s cricket has done amazing this summer. It has showcased just how absolutely wonderful the game is,” she commented. “The Hundred has been a huge success.”
However, she then went on to say she doesn’t understand why people get so ‘offended’ by gendered terms.
She explained: “It’s a very easy step to take, gender equality in sport is going to take a very long time but gender neutrality in language is a simple, easy and I don’t understand why anyone should be so offended by it if it’s a step that’s going to make just one girl, one woman feel included.”
“Why would you get so upset about this change?”
After watching the segment, many people took to social media and shared their thoughts on the issue.
One person tweeted: “This country is going downhill. It’s ‘batsman’ and always will be. And if it’s the woman’s team it’s ‘batswoman’. Frigging ‘batter’ [is a load of] bull****.”
Another added: “Well said girl!”
However, some people did agree that the term ‘batsmen’ needed to be changed.
“There are plenty of female cricket teams and players now,” a third wrote. “Calling them ‘batsmen’ is silly. But, to say or imply the term is ‘offensive’ – also silly.”
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