I Think This #CoverTheAthlete Movement About The Media Coverage Of Female Athletes Is Forgetting Something
Am I crazy? Is this just me? Am I missing something? This edited video montage is supposed to shed light on the ridiculous lines of questioning that female athletes face, correct? Wouldn't it just have been easier to splice together an actual video montage of females facing ridiculous lines of questioning? I understand that male athletes generally don't get asked questions about their sexuality or their love life. However, all these clips are from when men had to answer equally inappropriate, albeit not as gender based, inquiries from the media. I support the cause we are trying to attack here, but the execution is just flat out garbage. The fact of the matter is that male athletes get asked questions that are just as dumb, it's just that they usually aren't about their looks. Sorry ladies, that's what you get for being the fairer gender. Men have to answer to every locker room altercation, every injury, and every thoughtless cliched inquisition you could possibly conjure up. You may not get a good grasp of the questions, but the reactions in this video should speak volumes. Maybe it's just the grass being greener, but I think I would probably rather talk about my level of ease of the eyes.
Listen, I don't think that it's right that women that excel in their athletic field have to occasionally run into a moronic reporter that treats them like an object, but the fact of the matter is that it happens to all athletes. Last time I checked there's an 'ESPN Magazine:The Body Issue' that glorifies the naked, nearly exposed bodies of sports figures both male and female. You don't think people have asked LeBron James about his body before? People talk about Adrian Petersen like he's a the first African American Greek God. Some of that comes with the territory of being an extraordinary athletic specimen. Yeah, Serena Williams has a fat ass, but just because someone makes reference to it doesn't mean they are doing so in a sexual way. That ass is a product of a lower body that is stronger and more powerful than most men and has contributed greatly to her achievements on the tennis court. Women deal with far more sexual harassment than men in all walks of life. There is no arguing that. I just don't think that there is that much of a disparity between the tasteless nature of the coverage that each gender faces in the sports media. I guess my point is that you could just as easily use this same hashtag for male athletes too.