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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Equal pay

From this year onwards Wimbledon, like the US open, pays both the men and women players equally. As a woman, I am supposed to feel happy about the development and all. Venus Williams thanked Billie Jean King during the award ceremony for pushing this rule. But if women cant play 5 sets like the men, why should they get the same pay? Wouldn't no one have asked this question? After watching the women's finals, the one-sided, easy and boring game, I am sure the men playing the game at Wimbledon would've thought its gross injustice. I feel that way while I am watching the men's finals' fist set (7-6). 75 minutes!


Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Thanks for reminding - i slept off totally today - running to the tv now!

go fedex!!


10:35 AM  
Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Answers for my quiz:
1. chinmayee
2. all of them won national award under rahman (Spb got it with IR too)
3. Panchu arunachalam, bhairavi movie
4. P.Vasu's dad was MGRs personal make up man
5. Puriyadha pudhir. The famous dialog being Raguvarans "I know, I know".
6. both of them won national awards for both black and white and color.
7. Sarika Kamal Hassan, won the national award for custumne designing in Hey Ram.
8. All of them had Ajit in the lead in their debut films which went to make silver jubilee hits.
9. Arjunan Master
10. K. Bhagyaraj.

How many did u know?


10:56 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

Who are you rooting for?
Its already 1 set apiece :(

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

One of the commentators (today) said that the price of a ticket for the men's final is £72 and £66 for the Women's final.

11:09 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...


1:01 PM  
Blogger The Kid said...

Sometimes, things are done to appease people. But in this case I believe it is fair to pay the women the same as men.

It is subtle.

The reason for the previously lower prize money for women's tennis tournament, cannot completely be attributed playing a smaller number of sets. For example, a men's doubles game could have 5 sets, but it will have a lower prize money because it is not very popular. Because not many people watch it.

This is not the case with women's tournament. Even though it is only 3 sets, it is as popular as the men's tournament. Therefore, this is only fair.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Mahadevan said...

I feel it is fair to pay both the sexes equally. Women players also undergo rigorous training and develop skill, notwithstanding the fact that they are asked to prove their worth in three sets. A Monica Sellers and Steffi Graff match used to be as thrilling as that of any of men's great. I rate Monica Sellers as the greatest woman player. Poor fate has cut short her Tennis Life.

8:46 AM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

flawed logic.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Ananthoo said...

ya,its unfair to give equal long as the women get to play only 3 sets..these r blind enforcement of 'women equality' i guess

3:32 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

Felt exactly when I read the news first!

9:42 AM  
Blogger I said...

if u assume men have superior physical strength, it kinda cancels out and makes sense.

7:01 PM  
Blogger I said...

Because the United States did it first, it has to make sense.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

LKS, I knew 5 of them.
SK, rooted for Federer. He is solid. Heard about the ticket prices, why equal pay then?
kid, are you trying to score points with feminists?;-)
True Mahadevan Sir. Seles is just plain unlucky.
Rajesh, enna kutram kandeer? Elucidate.
Ananthoo and MT, glad you guys agree.:-)
I, this is what I'd call "flawed logic".

3:33 PM  
Blogger ashok said...


11:50 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

Visit Honeymoon genres. There is a list of posts by alpha in the comments section.
Und für die Anmerkungen danke. I too like to show off - but that is my secret. ;-)

12:26 PM  
Blogger APAM NAPAT said...

I agree to the fact that "Equal Pay" is not fair. However the deciding factor is not, the number of sets they play but how many people turn out and how much the audience is willing to cough up to watch these women run around.
If you go by number of sets, Roger Federer will be the least paid - he wins in straight sets mostly, u see.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Raaga said...

That's the first question I asked my husband when he read out the headlines to me. Will the ladies also play 5 sets???

12:59 AM  
Anonymous thamilan said...

Apam Napat has the point I guess :) Let's forget the equal policy and look from the business point of view... It is very much fair to pay the women players equally.

4:26 PM  

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