New York Rangers publish controversial ‘Girl’s Guide’ to watching hockey
The New York Rangers incensed the Twitter world on Friday afternoon after publishing a Girl’s Guide to hockey on their website. The post, written by a contributor not employed by the team, outraged and offended readers because of its condescending tone and sexist remarks.
The story has since been removed from the website, and the Rangers’ tweet linking to the article has also been deleted.
The Girl’s Guide suggested female fans ask questions, but only when appropriate:
“They’re EXPECTING you to ask questions…Just know WHEN to do it.”
“You need to sense the tension at certain points in the game and let [the men] do their jumping, screaming and cheering thing. You can tell if something huge has happened by their reaction, and if you’re absolutely lost, wait for the replay. There’s always a replay after a major play.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but ask questions [the men] will enjoy answering.”
There was advice to learn a few of the players’ names, keep an eye out for Henrik Lundqvist, and if all else fails:
“At least know the Rangers schedule so you can schedule a girls’ night for those times.”
Interestingly, the article seems to have been written by a woman named Mirna Mandil, who prefaced her Girl’s Guide with a brief letter to the reader about her recent experience with “about 20 guys watching the game–football, I think,” and cites that as the inspiration for her guide.
While the Rangers were quick to remove the story after the negative Twitter reactions, all of the screen grabs have been preserved. Check them out below: