11 Ways the Olympics are Sexist
I can't think of anything that's better summed up what it's like to be a womanpic.twitter.com/PbTItCJBcr
— Ali V. (@alivingiano) August 15, 2016
As everyone knows, there is no better season than summer Olympic season. It combines all that is good in the world — the ability to watch athletic achievements that most of us can only dream of while sitting on our couch, Bob Costas, Ryan Lochte getting robbed at gunpoint and being like “whatever,” etc. It’s all there. I just got back from Paris (which I am contractually obligated to mention at least seven times a day at inappropriate intervals until everyone in my life resents me fully), where the only Olympic sport that seemed to be on television was men’s handball. Still, though, I know the important things — Simone Biles is a gymnastic superhuman who is too talented to truly be of this world, Katie Ledecky is a swimming superhuman who is too talented to truly be of this world and Michael Phelps won his 23rd gold medal (and is also a meme, which is more important, probably). There has also, unfortunately, been a lot of objectively sexist commentary in the coverage of the Olympics.
This might not be surprising, exactly, since sexism is not anything new, especially when it comes to the presentation of women in the media. It is particularly discouraging, however, that it has been so very evident at these Olympic games, which women have dominated in pretty much every sport. Anyway, check out these ways that the Olympics are actually sexist: