The Femi-Nazis are at it again, and it should come as no surprise, that their concentration would be 2016’s Summer Olympics in Brazil. As fans from around the world celebrate their country’s athletes, support their crusade to win gold- social justice police glue their ears to the speakers of their flat screen TV’s in hopes of hearing any sort uttering of sexist overtones.
Huffington Post, and the author of the article, managed to find ten sexist moments captured on television. Of course, this is what they allege. You can decide for yourself.
Published earlier this week, Sarah Beauchamp titled her piece, “Top 10 Most Sexist Things To Occur At The 2016 Rio Olympics So Far.” After reading that title, one would be led to believe that there were so many sexist moments, the author had to reduce them into a best category of 10. Then, the reader is led to believe there are much moments of sexism to come.
Let’s take a look at how sexist these bastards are and how bad these female athletes have it as they continue to suffer from “athletic male privilege.”
1. As three-time world champion Simone Biles flies from the uneven bars and soars above the mat before sticking a near-perfect landing, NBC commentator Jim Watson says, “I think she might even go higher than some of the men.” For whatever reason, a lot of the male NBC anchors decided viewers might not fully grasp just how talented these female athletes are without first comparing them to men. This was the first of many times they did this throughout the games, and each time was just as unnecessary as the first.
Of course female anchors have never made any similar comparisons of their own in the past when it comes to comparing athletes. Look, don’t get your tampon twisted (Did I just go there?) this isn’t a polemical attack on any of these ladies for simply comparing the fact that men naturally “soar higher” than female gymnasts.
Men happen to have the natural ability to jump higher, swim and run faster than female athletes according to LiveStrong.com. This not to say gender characteristics are bias and sexist, this is to say that male and females characteristics such testosterone and estrogen affect the performances of a body differently. When a female is able to produce a performance mentioned above, it would be correct to say, “wow, she can jump as high as man, defying the laws of nature.”
Moral of this first allegation: Study up and don’t “jump to conclusions.”
2. The Chicago Tribune labeled two-time bronze medal-winning Olympian Corey Cogdell as “Wife of a Bears’ lineman.” Not only is an Olympic medal-winning, world-class athlete being reduced to simply a “wife,” but it doesn’t even matter which lineman she’s married to. Being married to the vague idea of a professional football player, no matter which one, is more deserving of a call-out than a women being one of the best trap shooters in the world
OMG!!! He called Cogdell a “Wife of a Bears’ lineman.” Well is she? I don’t know if Sarah is all too familiar with sports and sporting coverage, but it is customary for anchors, analysts, and sideline reporters to find some of the most obscure tidbits about an athlete.
Try sitting through a 3 hour Major League Baseball game and not come up with something random. They do it all the time. Remember Tony Romo was the boyfriend of Jessica Simpson? Since when was being a wife a thing of inferiority? Sexist? Nah.
Moral of this : Maybe if she won gold, it would have been different. There’s nothing wrong with being a wife. It’s small talk.
3. Everyone is making a big deal about U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer having a baby more than a year ago. “She’ll be the first woman to win a medal after having a baby,” the NBC commentator says, because they love to get real granular with the whole “first to win” labels. The media attention around her being a mother―it’s hard to find an article that doesn’t mention she’s a “new mom”―implies that women who have children are then incapable of all the things they did before giving birth. Which isn’t true, and in fact research suggests the opposite.
It should be common sense that having a baby is a miracle and a blessing. Having a baby can take a toll on a woman’s body. Some women, recommended by doctors, are out of commission for roughly three months. So,what it sounds like to me, is that Sarah is really reaching on this one. The commentator simply pointed a historical fact coupled with a tough feat.
Much like the “reduced to a wife” gripe, I don’t get it why these Femi-Nazis have such a problem with women being mothers and wives? Being a mom is a beautiful thing and most experts would agree that there’s nothing stronger than a mother and child’s bond. But after reading number three you would think being mom is similarly embarrassing as a KFC cashier. How sexist and hateful, Beauchamp.
Moral of sexist item number 3: Don’t mess with momma, momma will knock you out!
4. When 19-year-old Katie Ledecky was busy breaking a world record in the 400-meter freestyle by nearly a full two seconds, NBC commentator Rowdy Gaines said, “Some people say she swims like a man,” probably talking about his slew of sexist coworkers at NBC. “She doesn’t swim like a man, she swims like Katie Ledecky!” It’s great of Gaines to make this point, but it’s not a point he should have to make. People should be able to acknowledge her incredible athletic ability without comparing her to a man. I wonder if men understand how ridiculous this sounds―like if a judge on Project Runway said, “People say he sews like a woman, but he sews like Jay McCarroll!”
Another quip about a comparison to a man being made and we already know the science. Let’s forget about the science, we don’t need it here. Firstly, don’t even bring up Project Runway to a column about sports, you aren’t speaking to the right demographic. Next, this gentleman didn’t make the comparison he actually disagreed with the comparison.
I’m beginning to sense a disdain for men and even more a disdain for the men at NBC. Hmmm?
Moral Fiber of Sexist Example 4: Don’t bring a rose petal to a gun fight, stupid.
5. Immediately after Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, hard emphasis on individual, NBC announcer Dan Hicks immediately focused the attention on (and gave all the credit to) Hosszu’s coach and husband Shane Tusup, saying he was “the man responsible” for her performance. He’s since defended his comments, saying, “It’s impossible to tell Katinka’s story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane,” despite many believing Tusup uses fear tactics to push Hosszu. Even if Tusup deserves credit for his role in coaching Hosszu, she was still the one in the pool, she broke the world record, so maybe wait for her to at least dry off and accept her medal before gushing about Tusup.
These anchors must have not read the latest SJW Times, the estrogen edition, because if they did then they would know that you never devalue a woman by giving credit to the hubby.
It almost seems as if Beauchamp has a problem with marriage between a man and woman. This is her coach, who happens to be her husband and he happen to be instrumental in her victory. Isn’t that why he’s there in the first place?
Morality of example 5: Don’t swim in the water with these sharks.
6. Turns out even if you’re an Olympic athlete, you still can’t avoid being labeled as a “girl,” when you’re clearly a grown woman. At one point, NBC announcers referred to the “men’s cycling team,” and the “girls’ cycling team.” Ugh. And another commentator referred to four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as an “enthusiastic girl.”
Semantics. This is just elementary nit-picking and pet peeves. I’m sure you are the first one on board to sign a petition that will eliminate gender terms and instead of “Man” or “Woman”, you’ll advocate for the word “Ze.” I don’t get how being a girl, a wife, or a mother undermines accomplishments. You could make the argument that being a mom and wife is hard work and an accomplishment. Being a Ze, not so much.
Moral to the Sexist Sixth example: Girls just want to have gold medals.
7. In between dominating the competition, the U.S. gymnastics team talked to each other on the sidelines. Most likely not about boys and makeup (but if they were, that’d be fine too), but probably about how they were leading the rest of the world by nearly 10 points. “They might as well be standing around at the mall,” Jim Watson said, ignoring the fact that after training 30-plus hours every week, these young women probably don’t have too much time to go shopping. His response to criticism was even more cringeworthy, saying “Don’t boys hang out in malls too? I did.”
And with that logic, sexism is solved.
I hate malls. That has nothing to do with this article. Okay, I’ll give you a quarter of a point here Beauchamp. I think the Watson comment was lame. I doubt his aim was to be sexist. Besides how hurt would you be by being compared to a group of people at a mall.
Moral to the 7th example: 1 out of 7 excuses I will partially agree on, because it’s what a real man does.
8. NBC’s chief marketing officer John Miller declared that women aren’t into sports, but they’re very into reality TV. When explaining the network’s tape-delaying and packaging of the Olympics, Miller said, “The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It’s sort of like the ultimate reality show and miniseries wrapped into one.” This is offensive on all kinds of levels. For starters, he implies that “sports fans” and “women” are mutually exclusive. He also implies that women watch the Olympics because they’re hoping two people will fall in love and retreat to the Fantasy Suite, rather than, oh, I don’t know, actually wanting to watch sports. It’s also likely that more women tune in to see women’s sports, which are covered significantly less than men’s.
According to Today.com, they polled around 19,000 people and found that nearly 50 percent of women watch reality programming compared to 24 percent of men. That’s not sexist, that’s preference, and who would know better than a chief exec at a television network? Not Sarah Beauchamp.
Sports Media Watch confirmed that men in fact do watch more sports by basing their information of a College Football title game and game 7 of the NBA finals.
Not at any time did Miller imply falling in love. But there’s nothing wrong with that if you do.
Moral of number 8: Don’t argue with the Chief. He knows his numbers.
9. After Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke her own world record in the 100-meter butterfly, she was continually asked by NBC anchors if she was going to “do the samba on Copacabana Beach,” which she apparently said she’d do if she won. Not only was NBC oddly fixated on this, they even went so far as to suggest the offhand comment was “interesting for this reason: it’s unclear how seriously the Swede takes the 200m freestyle.” NBC, calm down. Have you ever been so hungry you’d “kill for some food.” That doesn’t mean you’re going to murder anyone, and it doesn’t mean you take air or shelter any less seriously. The expression on Sjostrom’s face when they asked about the samba indicates she clearly either didn’t remember saying it or thought American newscasters were ridiculous.
LOL. They are just having fun. When the Red Sox won the world series the announcers kept asking Jonathan Papelbon to do the “Riverdance.” Yeah, sure it’s not as sexy, but it was all meant in fun spirits.
Moral of the 9th sexist example: Papelbon didn’t have nice legs.
10. Rio promises the “sexiest ever” Olympic opening ceremony, with a source saying there will be “lots of nearly naked women doing the samba. The costumes have been designed to show off as much flesh as possible which means as little material as they can get away with.” They added that, “This is Brazil, after all, where the female body is celebrated like no other place on Earth.” While this is a nice sentiment, it’s also not entirely accurate, considering a recent report revealed a woman is raped every 11 minutes in Brazil. So maybe that wasn’t the best way to frame the opening ceremony, before a major world event where so many women have been training their whole lives to be looked at as more than just a piece of flesh, and more than a wife and mother. They’d like to be recognized as the badass, legendary athletes they are.
Yes Brazil has an alarming number of rapes per month, per day, and per year. But it appears if you were to say anything about a woman anywhere in the world on live television, online publications like Huffington Post and writers like Sarah Beauchamp, will place it under a magnifying glass and find any possiblity they can to find any amount of sexism.
If you were to say “Sally’s favorite color is purple,” you would be deemed sexist because girls tend to like the color purple. It’s absurd. Not only does she not prove any serious amount of sexist evidence, I find it disturbing that an online publication publishes this work, this garbage, as if it will help.
I’m not alone just check out the comments below and the criticism this article has receieved. Even women think this is going too far. These people, Sarah, must have awful, long days at work microanalyzing speech as much as they do.
Moral of this article: Not everything is gender inequality. Not every accusation, and as far as the article above is concerned, especially this particular instance, should be published and pushed to encourage a call to action. This holds no merit. This woman is a feminist activist who absolutely hates the site of straight white men. I say this because you can read it all over her. She claims to have married her cat, but I doubt the feline would ever settle for her. So she found a girlfriend. Now, both are miserable and their social justice goals, if we don’t allow them influence, is to monitor every word you say and to drive you into a miserable state of being.
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