A new report recently issued by the National Office of Statistics reveals that, when asked, over 85 percent of females interviewed privately admitted that the only reason they watched televised rugby tournaments was ‘so we can spend a few hours idly gawping at brawny men’s thighs in the privacy of our own homes’.
However, one female viewer, Mrs Susan Bourne of Oakhampton, stated that, “It’s really not true what they say about us girls only watching rugby on the telly just so we can stare at men’s bottoms in very tight little shorts. We do actually have a genuine interest in the game.”
Asked what she most enjoyed about televised rugby matches, Mrs Bourne replied, “Well, I appreciate the skill involved when they bowl those little red balls into the goal mouth; that’s really good. And then there’s the incredible tension when an off-side referee is about four under par – but then he suddenly comes from nowhere and scores a magnificent penalty wicket straight into a corner pocket behind the black – that’s ever so gripping! Sometimes those incredible climaxes have me right on the edge of my seat!”
This latest report gauging audience reactions to televised sporting events follows a similar survey commissioned by the BBC last year. In that survey nearly 1,000 male viewers were asked what they most liked about watching women’s gymnastics on TV. Around half of the men interviewed stated they liked to watch professional female athletes proudly displaying their finely-honed expertise while giving of their personal best during very tough competitions, such as the Olympics, for instance.
The other 50 percent just fessed up and said they got very hot ‘in the middle-leg trouser department’ when lots of lithe young women were ‘doing the splits in skimpy black swimsuits’.
Overall, the majority of male viewers freely admitted that they tried very hard not to become utterly transfixed by such broadcasts – especially when their wives or girlfriends were in the same room.
– Jan T