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How To Talk With Men About Talking About Sports With Women

Most men don't understand equality.

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According to Men's Health, women see the game differently from men. In order to stay interested in the action, women "need story lines," not statistics. So here is a guide on how to talk with men about talking about sports with women.

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She sees the game differently than you. Here’s how, and what to do about it: http://t.co/AaQXS1bsWY

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Not all men know how to talk with women about sports, in case you hadn't noticed. The reason? They don't view women as equal members of society and men need to feel more superior than women.

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So in order for your man to understand how to talk about sports with women, you need to give him statistics. Treat the facts about female sports fans as, well, statistics, and you'll suck him right in. Such as...

Since Title IX was written into law in 1972, female participation in high school athletics has risen over 1,000% from about 200,000 to nearly 3.2 million.

In that same time frame, the number of female athletes at NCAA schools has increased from 30,000 to over 193,000, making up nearly 45% of all collegiate athletes nationwide.

Now, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, 49% of Americans identified themselves as pro football fans.

Of that group, an estimated 47% are women.

In other words, if there are 10 women at a sports bar, at least four of them were high school athletes, and five or more follow the NFL. Which is pretty much the exact same odds you'd get if the bar were only filled with men. Statistically speaking, of course.

Plus, you know, there's all the women who work in sports and sports-related fields, in addition to those who may have developed an interest later on in life.

So the next time a man wants to talk about sports with a woman, simply remind him of these statistics. Just don't expect him to get it right away. Men are pretty stubborn.