You’ll Never Win

Okay, the last of my #firstworldrants. For a while.

If someone writes a post about you or flames you in a comment, don’t reply. Don’t add fuel to the fire in an attempt to explain yourself or start an argument.

It’s like playing in a game of women’s hockey. You might win, but at the end of the day you’re not really a winner, are you?

It doesn’t look good.

If you can’t post your response in a witty comment that is no more than two sentences, don’t do it. Write a response on your own blog sure, but don’t be a woman who plays hockey for anything more than fun.

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  • josh
    Posted at May 26, 2010 10:13am, 26 May Reply

    What's wrong with womens hockey?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at May 26, 2010 11:12am, 26 May Reply

    This is disgustingly sexist. I used to enjoy reading this blog..

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 11:18am, 26 May Reply


    It's a joke kids. I'm the President of a hockey club with three Womens teams.

  • Willemrt
    Posted at May 26, 2010 11:21am, 26 May Reply

    Gold medals at the olympics.. pfft.. what is Hockey good for…oh.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at May 26, 2010 11:51am, 26 May Reply

    Speaking as a woman, I can tell you that joke or not, it's not funny.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at May 26, 2010 1:16pm, 26 May Reply

    Zac Martin said…

    It's a joke! Don't you women know better? I'm not calling you 'losers', I'm calling you 'not quite winners!'

    I have female subordinate / acquaintances! I'm not a sexist!

    Nice one champ. Credibility; zero.

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 1:24pm, 26 May Reply

    Maybe it's a social statement that female sport is less interesting, proven with the less coverage it's given, less crowd attendance they have and less they're paid.

    Or maybe it's time everyone lightened up.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at May 26, 2010 2:08pm, 26 May Reply

    Unfortunately it's one of those situations where a woman could make that joke and (kinda) get away with it. Like black people can call themselves niggers, but whitey's get slammed if they do that.

  • Adam Jaffrey
    Posted at May 26, 2010 4:25pm, 26 May Reply

    In a post where you encourage others not to fuel the fire, you put your foot in it with the "womens' hockey" backhander.

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 4:27pm, 26 May Reply

    Fueling the fire is fine. It's why I have a small readership here.

    But don't do it in the comments of a post written about you.

  • Adam Jaffrey
    Posted at May 26, 2010 4:38pm, 26 May Reply

    Are you talking about a specific circumstance which inspired this post?

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 4:43pm, 26 May Reply

    I see it happen every other day. They always come out of it worse off.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at May 26, 2010 5:16pm, 26 May Reply

    I am really enjoying the irony of this topic and subsequent posts.

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 5:20pm, 26 May Reply

    The exception is on your own blog.

    And it's not like I've been ranting/justifying in paragraphs.

  • Stan Lee
    Posted at May 26, 2010 9:13pm, 26 May Reply
  • Zac Martin
    Posted at May 26, 2010 9:21pm, 26 May Reply

    The last sentence of this post sums it up perfectly. Do it on your own platform, not someone else's.

  • Promotional Products
    Posted at May 27, 2010 11:59am, 27 May Reply

    Great advice. There is nothing worse than watching two foes go at it in the comment zone!

  • Benoit Shepherdieu III
    Posted at May 27, 2010 2:20pm, 27 May Reply

    you sexist bastard.

  • Jason Tsitsopoulos
    Posted at May 28, 2010 2:54pm, 28 May Reply

    Can I just throw a large piece of wood, log if you will, into the metaphorical fire and say

    You're all fucking CUNTS

    From someone who doesn't post anonymously

  • Anonymous
    Posted at June 9, 2010 5:44pm, 09 June Reply

    I am female and have very much enjoyed this blog post and the subsequent comments.

    Lighten up, indeed.

  • Luci Temple
    Posted at June 23, 2010 3:49pm, 23 June Reply

    Am a little confused, can you clarify who doesn't have a sense of humour?

    a) The one who makes a joke that falls flat?
    – the said "joke" lacks comedic timing, a punch line, a witty insight,etc
    – is delivered in a manner that doesn't show it's intended as a joke.

    b) The people who point out that it isn't actually funny.

    I'm not going to call you sexist, but nor do I think anyone would call you a comedienne, or "funny" in this context.

    And yeah – call me old fashioned – but good indepth discussion doesn't occur in two lines or less, and nor am I going to blog about your lack of a funniness on my own website (that would be completely off topic for my readers!)

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at June 23, 2010 4:09pm, 23 June Reply

    @ Luci Temple

    I have nothing against good in depth discussion. I'd only have a problem if this post was written about you and you feel the need to justify yourself in more than two sentences.

  • Womens Hockey Player
    Posted at July 27, 2010 11:26pm, 27 July Reply

    Zac, you're a funny man, but I would prefer to watch a SL1 womens' game over a La Trobe mens SL4 game any day. Good luck getting into SL3, that may be more bearable!

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at July 28, 2010 7:46pm, 28 July Reply

    Hahaha, can't fault that!

  • lauren
    Posted at July 30, 2010 6:14pm, 30 July Reply

    zac, you're a weird guy, you know that don't you.

  • lauren
    Posted at July 30, 2010 6:19pm, 30 July Reply

    btw, i'm well behind on your posts. just in case you didn't get that 🙂

  • James
    Posted at October 12, 2010 11:16pm, 12 October Reply

    So, let me get this straight. You're saying that you shouldn't reply to a post about you on a blog because you look like a loser. Also don't post long replies if someone "flames you" or disagrees with you in a comment. But if it's on your own blog it's ok. Or if you are witty and it's within two lines. But if it's more than two lines or is not witty it's not allowed.

    A very convoluted set of rules you've made up for the online world.

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at October 12, 2010 11:24pm, 12 October Reply

    @ James

    That's pretty much it!

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