Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

When women look strong: The sexism at Wimbledon

I love this quote from my friends blog post on Marion Bartoli and misogyny

Dr. Rebecca Hains

“Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘you’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?'”

These words were uttered by the BBC’s John Inverdale on Radio Five Live when Marion Bartoli won Wimbledon 2013. Bartoli had just proven herself one of the top tennis players in the world–a woman of strength, skill, and athleticism. But instead of comparing Bartoli’s win with other female tennis players’, Inverdale took stock of whether she was as beautiful as other tennis players.

Reducing women to their physical appearances, no matter their accomplishments, is misogyny. It undercuts women’s achievements and suggests that if you are female, nothing is more important than your sex appeal.

Unfortunately, this misogyny is everywhere: As the media spotlight focused on Bartoli, hoards of viewers took to social media to complain about Bartoli’s appearance. The…

View original post 478 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on July 11, 2013 by in Recognizing.
Follow Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker on WordPress.com

Twitter Updates

  • RT @FacesOfCOVID: JAY KRAFSUR HARRIS of Delray Beach, Florida, died of COVID-19 on May 2. A former airline pilot, he was described as "com… 11 hours ago
  • RT @FacesOfCOVID: DR. GLENN JESUS BARQUET, 50, of Miami, Florida, died of COVID-19 on May 2. He was a cardiologist of over 20 years known… 13 hours ago
  • RT @FacesOfCOVID: ELIZABETH MCNEW, age 12, of Atlantic Beach, Florida, died today of COVID-19. “It’s amazing the legacy she created in 12… 13 hours ago
  • RT @FacesOfCOVID: CARSYN DAVIS, 17, of Fort Myers, Florida, died June 23rd, two days after her seventeenth birthday. She was a member of… 13 hours ago
  • RT @FacesOfCOVID: TOM SHEEHAN, 68, of Sarasota, Florida, died of COVID-19 on March 28. He was a grandfather of 11, described as a prankste… 18 hours ago

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,508 other followers

Categories

%d bloggers like this: