Fix your own damn dinner...hahaha.. your joke was sooooo funny, not out of line at all... (sarcasm).
I played hockey for over 20 years. Always with men/boys as there were no womens teams for them to force me to play on, when I started. And eeegads did I take a lot of crap that wasn't afforded to my male teammates. I could skate just as hard, just as long and although I am sure I wasn't as "strong" as they were, I could score just as well, my accuracy was just as good and my passing skillz were killer..heh..um but anyway, I realize this is not always the case and perhaps it was "harder" on me than it was on my male counterparts. I don't know and I didn't particularily care. If I was a crappy player, I would have sat on the bench. Had I stayed with it, I am pretty sure I wouldn't have made it to the NHL. Not that I would have wanted to, it wasn't my goal really.
Admittedly, even when it is the same sport there are different standards for men and women. For instance, women are not allowed to check, why not? If we are so concerned with how these games are played, why our distances are shorter, our periods/quarters shorter, our overall performance less, why don't the athletes playing the game change it? Probably, because in some sense Peebs is right. We have a different make up about us. We ARE different. Women, if they make their sports a priority, have to give up more as well. We cannot have families and play hockey while we do it. Not unless men start having the babies. Men can do this, men can have children and not have to stop playing for 9-12 months, or more. In this case, women are forced to decide which is more important to them. There is nothing a woman can do about this, except to choose to adopt or choose to not have children. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this. I am just using it as a means to illustrate one way we that we are different.
As far as money goes, you are going to have to change a person's perception of what is exciting. How do you do this? I admittedly would choose NBA over the WNBA, men's hockey over women's, men's baseball over women's softball. It doesn't mean that I wouldnt choose to watch a female sport, it just wouldn't be my first choice. (However, I make an exception for tennis, the Serena Williams rules I would watch her over any male tennis player any day. She is seeing the green, I would say more so than her male counterparts. Not for tournaments mind you, but definately in endorsements and outside projects that she is doing.) Now, I do not choose male sports because I have some sexist issue with female sports, I just find the male versions generally more fun to watch. The money goes where the interest is. Professional sports exist to make money, pure and simple. Collegiate sports also generate a lot of money for schools. Money is pumped into male sports, why?? Because that is what is popular and will generate the most revenue for the schools. Granted, I think women are fighting an uphill battle here. We haven't had the time to develop our sports and make them a part of national and international consciousness like men have. Perhaps, that will only come with time, if it is given the time.