August 7, 2012 by Darlene McC
I love the Olympics. I can remember very clearly being on the verge of adolescence and being allowed to stay up late to watch the US Women’s Basketball team play. I once even seriously considered trying out for the bobsledding team. I typically spend these two weeks every year glued to the TV learning names of athletes that I wont hear uttered for another 3 years because they deserve it for all their commitment.
But this year, not so much. And in some small way its because of the social media saturation of this games. Obviously, I love the interwebs; but this feels like the Twitter Games – and every stupid frat boy has been able to voice his opinion on every single female athlete’s physique. It’s grotesque. Of course, the interwebs have responded with any number of article, and I appreciate that. My favorite being Zoe Smith basically calling out these jerks:
we don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive?
This has been all over! Even Conan had the gall to pick on the Amazon Olympian Holly Mangold. (Is it coincidence that both women are Olympic weightlifters?) So today’s WW post is my favorite tweet on this topic so far:
What does it say about us as a culture when we’ll tare a woman down for her hair, her boobs, her ass, or her thighs after she’s been able to do something so amazing as make it to the Olympic games? What messages do you send to the young women in YOUR life about her achievements? How do you phrase YOUR praise – and what about the messages to yourself?