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by Abigail Van Buren

Girl Contends Women Should Be Part Of Sports Conversations

DEAR ABBY: How come when people ask what kind of sports you do and stuff like that, they always direct it to my brother or my dad? They never ask me -- I'm a girl -- or my mom. I consider it rude and sexist. I feel I should do something about it, but I'm not sure what. Please help me. -- CLAIRE IN SAN FRANCISCO

DEAR CLAIRE: People who do this obviously don't know your family well, or they would already know the answer to the question. That tells me they are only trying to make polite conversation.

Because it bothers you, I think you should tell your father and brother how it makes you feel. Perhaps the next time they're asked, they could make a point of mentioning that you're involved in sports, too, so you can be part of the conversation.

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