People Are Pissed At Reporter's Sexist Remark About Olympian Laura Trott
It's no big secret that female athletes don't get as much attention as male athletes.
Men's sports leagues are decades older than women's, so the women are playing catch-up in terms of gaining popularity — and respect.
Aside from creating a logic for lower pay for female athletes, this lower popularity means that newscasters are not used to speaking about women as athletes.
This is largely why, over the course of the Olympics, when female athletes are actually getting attention, we get to see so many fun displays of casual sexism. Although the women are champions and athletes in their own right, newscasters' implicit bias often gets in the way of, like, decency and respect.
Cyclist Laura Trott, 24, became Great Britain's first female athlete to win four Olympic gold medals this week, making her the most decorated British female athlete.
While at the Rio games, Trott is also supporting her boyfriend, fellow cyclist Jason Kenny, 28. They're super cute.
After Kenny won his sixth career gold medal on Wednesday, Trott was hugging him and crying in joy.
Chris Boardman, a former Olympic cyclist commentating for BBC, had a special take on this moment. He said,
She's doing all the emotion for him — he's looking at her wondering what's for tea!
Ah yes, women, so dramatic and emotional. Men, so cool and uncaring.
Often I think about how awful it must be to be a man brought up in the prison of masculinity where you must always remain stoic. How frustrating it must be that society tells you that you have to play it cool at all times, hold back your tears of sadness or elation, not outwardly display your feelings.
Because you know what's really awesome? Jumping up and down and screaming and crying when someone you love achieves something incredible.
Boardman tweeted in defense of himself:
That's the thing with implicit bias. The person who has it never actively thinks it's something to do with gender or race or sexuality or whatever else. It's just ingrained stereotyping a person subconsciously has that leads them to say something like women are emotional while men are coolly over it.
An easy way to avoid voicing implicit bias is by thinking before you open your mouth. Take a second and ask yourself why you think a certain thing about a person and what that thing would imply.
That second of thought could actually lead to all of us overdramatic feminists stopping whining about sexism.