More Olympics fun…
Following on from the article I linked to here
The Debate About Caster Semenya Isn’t About Fairness
A brilliant piece that pulls to pieces the lie that gender testing is about ensuring sports are ‘fair’,
'All elite athletes are genetic anomalies, but this is the only one being singled out as the signifier of womanhood. No one trait defines a person’s gender. While the world is taking steps to understand gender fluidity, gender expression, and sexual identity, the Olympics cannot stop its quest to define one gender, definitively, in the name of protecting that gender."
Silver Medalist’s Boyfriend Proposes, BBC Calls It ‘An Even Bigger Prize’
Because anyone can win an Olympic medal…
"Perhaps, for Zi, the engagement is more meaningful than winning the silver medal in her sport. It’s not for anyone else to decide which should carry more weight — or if the experiences are even comparable.
But when a media outlet refers to a proposal as more significant than a woman’s individual achievement, it is making that decision for her. Moreover, it is reinforcing the deep-seated expectation that a woman prioritize relationships, and her domestic life, before her own ambitions."
Don’t read the comments. Apparently the only reason this article was written was being the author is a bitter lonely woman who wants to ruin everyone’s happiness
The story led to this piece which I found really interesting,
Public proposals: true romance or unwarranted coercion?
I have to say I find public proposals embarrassing but I don’t know how much of that is just my Britishness!
‘The question at the end of this is not just “Will you marry me?”; it could be seen as “Will you refuse to marry me and risk harsh judgement from all these strangers, who know nothing about you apart from the fact that you have a partner who just went to extreme efforts to impress you so obviously cares about you greatly, and will likely be utterly heartbroken and humiliated if you refuse?”’
What I find most interesting is that the article is written by a man and the comments, for the most part, are sane with no ‘removed by admin because it didn’t meet out community standards’ notes. I wonder if that would be the case had a woman written the article…
There’s been a lot written about the sexism in the Olympic coverage and some people have ‘pointed out’ the supposed hypocrisy of women lamenting sexism while commenting on the physical appearance of some of the male athletes. This is a great piece that explains why it’s not hypocrisy.
Three things that need to happen before I defend men from Olympic sexism
“Feminists don’t critique objectification because we are mad that people sometimes have sex feelings for each other. Some of my best friends are sex feelings. Feminists critique objectification because our society is running a millennia-long deficit on the acknowledgement of female humanity, to the measurable detriment of women as a class. The fact that we are assessed as decoration first and athletes/politicians/musicians/accountants/CEOs/presidential candidates second has a transparent impact on women’s upward mobility. The issue lies not in sexualisation itself, but in that either/or – attention to women’s bodies not supplementing, but supplanting respect for the breadth and magnitude of women’s skills.”
Finally (for now) a happy little story of men taking a stand against sexism,
Olympic men stand up to sexism, too — because that’s not just women’s work
While the comment that sparked the story is frustrating, there’s much to like. For one thing, Andy Murray won Gold at the Olympics again , for another he corrected an interviewers sexist question and finally, people are starting to realised that both sexes need to play an active role in reducing sexism.