Female Olympians Are Dealing With So Much Sexist Bullshit At The Games
Just a few days into the 2016 Olympics, I’m ready to give a gold medal to the world for giving female Olympians sexist bullshit throughout the games. Seriously, it knows no bounds. It’s really just so nice to think a human being could have trained most of her life to get to Rio, win gold medals, and generally kick ass only to deal with some asshole on TV or Twitter giving all the credit to a male coach, commenting on her body, or being so very taken away by the fact that she could be so freaking awesome.
Women, not just from America but from all over the world, are sweeping up medals for their respective countries in soccer, basketball, gymnastics, diving, basketball, swimming (I mean, if you haven’t seen the swimming races and been totally impressed, you have no soul), and we’re just four days into the competition. There will be many more medals earned by women, which means also a lot more just plain old sexist bullshit we haven’t even heard yet.
Even NBC, the network broadcasting the Games, blamed women for all the commercial breaks. “More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey,” John Miller, a spokesperson for the network said before the Olympics. “It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one.” Right, because women love commercials even more than major networks and brands love advertising money.
So, here are the most disgusting displays of sexism at the Olympics thus far.
Swimming “Like A Man”
Katie Ledecky came to Rio to beat world records and win medals. She hasn’t grabbed a gold (yet!), but she’s already beat a world record. That’s what she does — it’s no surprise. However, that hasn’t stopped men from saying she “swims like a man.” Ledecky just swims like herself. A woman.
The Women’s Keeper
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu set a new world record and won a gold medal Saturday night, but sports commenter Dan Hicks focused on her husband, who’s also her coach and is known to be a little aggressive, saying he was the “man responsible” for it all. In fact, the cameras are fixated on him as he jumps around like an idiot, while Hosszu is actually doing something. Sure, a coach is great. But that asshole wasn’t in the pool hauling ass. Hicks has since apologized, saying it was just an off-the-cuff, live TV moment. If the roles were reversed, I wonder if it would have been the first, instinctual, live TV thought.
On Sunday, a random commentator looked at the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, which is diverse and talented AF, and said they looked like “they belong at the mall.” No, they belong on the mat and swinging on the uneven bars and kicking ass, like they always do.
Short Skirts And Speedos
It’s not just the athletes either. BBC host Helen Skelton was wearing a skirt the other day and the internet immediately started tweeting about how it was “too short,” instead of being something cool to wear in the humidity. Others just wanted to see her ass. What the animals didn’t notice was that there was a men’s swimming event going on behind her, with men in speedos that I wish they didn’t have to wear. But slut shaming is so much fun, right? Luckily, she had a pretty good response for the haters the next day.
The Chicago Tribune tweeted a picture of Corey Cogdell-Unrein and her bronze medal in trap shooting, but identified her as the “wife” of a Chicago Bears player. The outlet has apologized, saying that since she is less known, they were just trying to make the tweet more “local” to interest readers. OK, I’ll just start referring to men like that in all of my articles and see how everyone likes it — the husband of Eva Mendes or the the husband of Kim Kardashian. It’s not a fucking trivia game. An athlete won a medal. Use her name and stop making excuses.
The worst part about all these examples is that they are so common — little slips of the tongue that show how far behind society’s views on women and what they can do are. Let’s hope everyone starts to wise up for the rest of the Olympics, but unfortunately the chances of that aren’t very good.