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HORNBY: Chat group for Leafs’ female fans a hit

作者:admin 2020-07-05

As life-long Toronto fans, Marlene Prosser and Dee Erickson can take the jokes and razzing that come with a 52-year Stanley Cup drought.

What they wouldn’t accept were insults from a faction of Leafs Nation alpha males, who weren’t shy about dissing female supporters in the many on-line chat groups that have flourished around the team. From condescending comments to stronger language meant to cower their opinions, they’d had enough.

To give sisters who want to be more hockey savvy a welcoming environment to ask questions the duo created ‘Female Fans Of The Toronto Maple Leafs’ in 2015.

It’s now 1,000-plus strong across the country and in pockets around the world.

Prosser, an education worker in Winnipeg, and Erickson, a front line health specialist at a long-term care facility in Airdrie, Alta., both had some rough experiences trying to partake in the wider social media Leafs’ debate.

Marlene Prosser, centre, at a Toronto Leafs game

“We found we were getting verbally abused, put down because we’re women; that we supposedly don’t know the game or the players,” said Prosser.

“Some conversations were heated all the time. Of course every fan, man or woman, should be allowed to challenge an opinion, but (for some men) theirs was the only one that was right. And even in a male dominated group, you might get sent pictures or images that women and men might not care to look at.

“Our group has a respect policy and everyone follows it. You might love a certain player, someone else might not. We have no issues if you (disagree), but the talk remains pretty calm.”

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