A woman from London recalls her experiences with street harassment, and as usual, a flood of comments from women who can relate pour out.
The Olympics are here, and you know what that means. Tons of men oogling women who play certain sports, yet criticizing and disparaging women who participate in other sports. My male friends are no exception to the rule, as they’re glued to the TV whenever women’s beach volleyball is on, and saying nasty remarks about women weightlifters. Here are just a few of the amazing women Olympians.
Sarah Robles, the highest ranked American weightlifter, who has had difficulty getting sponsorships that could help her improve her career. Presumably, it’s because she isn’t what society thinks a professional athlete should look like. Best of luck to you, Sarah!
Zoe Smith, a British weightlifter, who awesomely told sexist trolls that she doesn’t give a fuck if men find weightlifters attractive or not. Because there are still men who think that everything women do is to please them.
Holley Mangold, an American weightlifter who is competing for the title of the strongest woman on the planet! Her brother makes millions of dollars being a professional athlete - does she? No.
Sometimes I feel like I can’t handle the misogyny that The Olympics brings out in men. There will always be women who can run faster, jump higher and lift more weight than you. Calling them ugly, manly, unnatural or not real women not only shows what a sexist jerk you are, but it doesn’t change the fact that they can still kick your ass.
Best of luck to all the amazing women competing in London 2012!!