Misogyny has no place in debate

Per Art Thiel’s column in Friday’s Sports section, “Decision elicits vitriol from pro-arena crowd,” such misogynistic behavior is not typical among those of us who support Chris Hansen’s effort to build an arena and bring the NBA back plus an NHL team to Seattle.

Indeed, most of us are disappointed with the Seattle City Council’s 5-4 decision denying the vacation of a one block section of Occidental even though the Mariners were granted a similar request in order to build Safeco Field.

It is odd that the vote went along gender lines. This rarely happens. I do know many women who are sports fans so I feel sexist remarks have no place in the debate.

In fairness, you have malcontents in every group. The Bernie Sanders supporters known as the Berniebros have littered the Internet with their misogynistic remarks about Hillary Clinton. One even threatened to cut Jim McDermott’s tongue out for supporting Clinton.

“I don’t want to support a bunch of tattooed thugs,” has been the racist code phrase used by some opponents of any sort of NBA arena in Seattle.

That said, I’ve seen a couple of vulgar misogynistic tweets directed toward the council women and called the sender(s) out on them. That kind of crap does not help those of us who’d like to see the NBA return and/or an NHL team in this area.

Mark Stocker


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