Accusations about sleeping your way to the top and offensive comments questioning your absence from the kitchen aren’t sentences that died in the 1950s like we’d all hoped – especially if you’re a female sports reporter.
In an interview with News.com.au, The NRL Footy Show's *Erin Molan has expressed the painful abuse, unfair jibes and disgusting sexism she’s faced as a woman in man’s world.
“When I started I got a lot of 'You should be in the kitchen', and those were the nice ones,” she revealed, before adding, “I’ve copped some nasty tweets and comments. You always see them, but I’m much better at dealing with them now.
“You’ve got to have a good support network and be in a good place. If I’m feeling tired and vulnerable, it will affect me more.”
And with tweets labelling her a “Filthy b**” and plenty of other unspeakably offensive words, you can’t blame her for taking them to heart from time-to-time.
“I’ve felt horrendous at times, reading tweets. I’m not immune. I’ve learned to be resilient and strong,” she told the website.
But the 33-year-old has decided to look at it positively, “If you’re going to get worried about that, you’re in the wrong job,” she said.
“It’s the least of my worries. Things with my family are more important than trolling on social media because someone doesn’t like my dress.”
Erin’s battle with the offensive behaviour has been long and arduous, last year she quit what was meant to be a weekly segment on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show when she was asked by viewers if she’d had a boob job and which sport stars she’s slept with.
“To every young woman out there and every person out there, you determine your worth,” the popular presenter explained after the hideous situation on The NRL Footy Show.
“And if you feel you’re ever in a situation where you are not being treated with respect or the way you are being treated is not acceptable to you then you have every right to walk away and every right to stand up for yourself,” she added.