Welcome to the NYIslesScene!

A blog by a long time New York Islanders fan who stays true to the fellas wearing orange, white and blue…but thinks the Islanders organization has some shaping up to do.

Islanders 2014-15 Season Mantra

Try not. Do...or do not.


Friday, December 5, 2008

The Tragedy of the Pink Jersey, Part 2

Tragedy, comedy, horror story- however way you spin it, it's all bad for us female hockey fans, and fans of sport in general.

Observe. A couple of weeks ago, I read a post on Islander Mania by billch89, directed at the Isles' staff, regarding women's jerseys: "I have a few female friends who would love to buy an islanders jersey. They all would prefer the white away jersey, however it looks like the "womens" jerseys only come in home colors and in pink. Unfortunately the largest child size is too small and the smallest male size is too big. I was just wondering if it is correct that there are no away-style jerseys for women and also why pink ones take preference over official ones?"

The response by one staff member was that he would see what could be done within retail and merchandise to get women a white away jersey. The truth is, there should not have had to be anything done to achieve that.

Somehow I find it hard to believe that these pink jerseys are in such high demand, seeing as only a minority of females that I see from my TV in the Coliseum wear any jersey at all, much less the pink and white ones that the league and organization foist onto us. Billch confided to me as well that he did not understand why jerseys not in the team colors would be offered in the first place. The league might think that they're popular, but all I see is the degrading aspect of wearing a jersey of a team that I live for in colors that not only are not theirs, but colors that I have not worn since I was, let's see, around six years old.

Why the NHL believes that women would willingly want these jerseys- and why women would buy them either way- is beyond me. As fans, and fans first, we expect the same as would be offered our male counterparts, and that is both road and home colored jerseys. Plus, we would love it if the merchandising staff of each team would take care not to treat us as though we are lesser than simply because we are women. I can assure you that I am perfectly fine with wearing blue, orange and white- those are the Islanders' colors, and I will wear them proudly. Never will I walk into Nassau Coliseum wearing a pink jersey with impunity.

The Isles thought they'd do something nice for us with "Hockey and Heels Night" in February, with the same effect. In fact, the Isles-Flyers game that took place on that night was the day after my birthday, and I refused to go because of the blatant gender roles that the marketing team of the Islanders thought I would be perfectly fine with. I was fine with the cheap tickets. I wasn't okay with the condescending feel of the fashion show and makeover, and I trust not many other female fans I associate with would be, either.

The truth is, when it comes to things like this, I can't help but get the feeling that women aren't represented with the same level of respect that men are as fans. Pink jerseys are not the way to show respect to the women who come into the Coliseum to cheer on their favorite team. The organization can try to paint it with another spin, but I can still see the ugly pink and white underneath.


ChristineOnTheNYIslesScene said...

Ummm so I guess I should return the pink and white jersey I got you for Christmas?? Try and look on the bright side - at least you don't have to endure the photoshoot promo of the Ice Girls and Ice Breakers at the games.

AngieOnTheNYIslesScene said...

true, true... but still, come on. It's like the Lady Islanders logo- emphasizing the fact that we're women, thus we need to have jerseys that show as much. Not equal, is it?

ChristineOnTheNYIslesScene said...

Dude! The jersey for Christmas thing...I was KIDDING! Plus I really got you a pair of those WWE looking briefs the ice breakers wear. I'm not interested in being equal in the sense of men and women being the same (as we are not) but am interested in my gender being represented beyond stereotype. If I were to buy a hockey jersey, I would not buy the women's cut - that kinda contradicts wanting to be treated equally but then requiring a special cut of a HOCKEY JERSEY. T-shirts etc...I can understand. To each their own I guess. But again this coming from someone who as a girl swore up and down I was going to play in the NHL only to find out by some stupid kid at school that only boys could play in the NHL. I just hope all the NHL fellas realize how fortunate they are to have this kind of opportunity available for them to strive towards and the fan base and industry interest to support this kind of career. As for me, I'm still saving up to buy the team...if you can't join them, own them.