Want to avoid gaffes when to provide information on female athletes? Do write about the sports they did. Dont bring their makeup, very small shorts and marital status into it
As ever, this years Olympics an international bacchanal of physical perfection and triumphant will swaddle in human rights abuses and environmental catastrophe are providing gasoline for public delight and despise in abundance. Stimulating a strong showing in the scorn category already is the press, which, less than a week in, had been successful in insult, demean and erase female athletes in a cornucopia of bungles.
The Chicago Tribune announced American trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unreins medal win with the headline Wife of a Bears lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics , not even bothering to mention her name. In the afterglow of Katinka Hosszus world-record-breaking swimming, NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks pointed out Hosszus husband and gushed: And theres the man responsible. Another NBC commentator described the powerhouse US female gymnastics team as seeming as though they might as well be standing in the middle of a mall. People Magazine called Simone Biles the Michael Jordan of gymnastics, as though we cant maybe comprehend female greatness without a male proxy. Rightwing media co-opted Ginny Thrashers gold medal win in the 10 -metre air rifle competition, dubbing her a girl with a firearm, as a cudgel in their campaign against handgun safety. In a Twitter exchange that rapidly went viral, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten lamented her injuries after a crash, inspiring some random man to explain to her how to ride a bike: First lesson in bicycling, keep your bike steady whether fast or slow.
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