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An Update On Modern Day Sexism – Courtesy Of The Olympics

I popped this on Facebook this morning, it was something that occurred to me on my drive into work. I’d just watched that ten minute round up they do on the Iplayer of the previous days Olympic highlights. I’m not really, majorly into it but I like the swimming, diving, athletics and gymnastics. They’re pretty straight forward, for armchair spectators – I’m quite the expert on pikes and tucks and vaulting these days, don’t cha know?


Anyway I got quite a response, it would appear a lot of people agree with me. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and they love each other bla bla bla. But what this meant was that this woman, a PROFESSIONAL athlete, who had just won a silver medal in the freaking Olympics had all that completely eclipsed by the supposed love of her life and consequently became known as the ‘Chinese diver whose boyfriend ask her to marry him at the Olympics’.

Imagine if we reversed these roles and she’d gone running up there to propose to him, pissing all over his victory parade. Well we’d all be saying ‘what an attention seeking whore!’ – wouldn’t we?

But its ok, because he’s a bloke and its romantic as fuck and the medal is irrelevant because now she’ll be getting married and live happily ever after.

There’s been some more pretty fabulous sexism on display courtesy of the Olympics. Mostly coming from commentators, who can just say whatever they like it would seem.

I picked out some really good ones for you.

Just in case you were under the impression that sexism isn’t an issue anymore.

“This girl is doing respectable times for guys,”    “Her stroke is like a man’s stroke. I mean that in a positive way. She swims like a man.” – Ryan Lochte (Olympic medalist) discussing Katie Ledecky (whose just won four gold medals)

“I think she might even go higher than some of the men.” – NBC Commentator discussing gymnast Simone Biles (three gold medals)

It is after all difficult for us to comprehend these achievements, unless we take out our a male measurement comparision stick and determine how these ladies stack up against it.

Next we could discuss the volley ball outfits. But lets not, that shit writes itself.

My absolute favourite though comes from the host nation and their very own Gisele Bundchen, world famous supermodel. Who appeared in what was described as “the sexiest Olympic opening ceremony ever”.

Of which, some moron stated  “This is Brazil, after all, where the female body is celebrated like no other place on Earth.”

Brazil – ladies and gentlemen, a country where a quick Google will tell you that 10-15 women die a day as a result of domestic violence. And Rio, a capital where women are regularly gang raped.


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  1. Comparing the genders always rattles me in fact stupid comparisons in general do when made in such flippant, oblivious ways. Also distracting the world from the real life harsh realities of its country seems to be a common aspect. Dazzle the world with fireworks and a pretty dress and pretend all is well. Hmmmm.

    Great post to get us all thinking! #stayclassymama

  2. He is a man and I’m sure the thought of stealing her big day didn’t even cross his mind (so selfish). And as for those commentators, well shame on them… #stayclassymama

  3. Urge urgh urgh. It so is not an equal society and this post points it fabulously. It is quite infuriating really, especially the comment by Lochte. And what shocking stats about Rio I did not know that. It’s disgraceful. #stayclassymamma

  4. alisonlonghurst says:

    I totally agree with your comments about the marriage proposals. That was completely the wrong thing to do. I do think, however, comments are taken the wrong way and jumped on as being sexist, when sometimes they really aren’t. It’s all a matter of interpretation, of course, but I think women are over-sensitive to innocently made comments sometimes. Alison x #StayClassyMama

  5. rightroyalmother says:

    I’m sure it was a well meaning gesture but he definitely should have thought a little bit harder… ultimately, I can’t see how she won’t always faintly resent him for it! #stayclassymama

  6. I find OTT public proposals totally mortifying anyway and if my husband had proposed infront of my colleagues after a big presentation pretty sure I would have hated it – but each to their own ! There’s been too many examples of sexism in this games and Ryan Lochte is an ass. #stayclassymama

  7. I haven’t been following the Olympics at all tbh! maybe they’d agreed to get married 😕 but yeah, I def see you point – leave it for another day! #staclassymama

  8. It seems a bit harsh to call it that – I mean, for all we know, they may have always agreed to only get engaged until she won a medal. Who knows?! I agree re the commentators though – she’s an athlete in her own right so don’t compare her to another gender! #stayclassy

  9. Such an eye opening post especially for some of us who aren’t really following the Olympics closely and didn’t know about the amount of sexist comments those commentators say #stayclasymama

  10. #Stayclassymama

  11. That was like the third marriage proposal of the Rio games – I don’t remember any ever happening before. Given he was #3, I was less harsh on him than the previous 2. What about the woman who won gold getting a smaller headline than Michael Phelps tying Silver????

  12. I confess I couldn’t give a fig about the Olympics so wasn’t aware how sexist it was. Talk about stealing her thunder by proposing. What a chimp. #stayclassymama

  13. Very succinctly put! Your highlight of ridiculous comments by male commentators really are nauseating. I feel like I spend my life telling my daughter and reiterating that she can be and do what she wants and that men and women are equal. I think we all need to stand up to this crap. Fab post #StayClassyMama

  14. I haven’t watched any of the Olympics so far but I did see you share this on FB and agree completely about the proposal. Just let her have her moment!! Such a dick move, couldn’t have expressed it better myself!! #stayclassymama

  15. I’ve seen this too I agree with everything you say here. But like a few have said, not about the proposal. I don’t think it was his intent to cause such a furore around his timing. In hindsight he probably wouldn’t have done it. To me, it seemed like a grand gesture done at the wrong time but the love behind it- well that’s still there. #stayclassymama

  16. I have Olympics fatigue as it is, but you are so right about the proposal. Not the right time, totally undermines her, and the media and public would say that if the roles were reversed. Point well made. Good luck with the party. #StayClassyMama

  17. Yep I am totally with you! Did you see as well John Inverdale (think that’s his name) saying something to Andy Murray about being the first to win multiple golds (can’t remember exact details) and Murray went ‘Serena and Venus have both got about 4 each, actually’. I don’t normally like Murray but I cheered him for that!! And someone’s made a funny but ultimately depressing video about what it would be like if commentators spoke the same way about men’s sports as they do women’s – sounds ridiculous. Fab post! #StayClassyMama

  18. Interesting read, I’ve never really looked at it that way before! Maybe the poor dude was trying to be sweet and romantic, but yeah, he did misstep a little. 🙂 On the other points, sadly we still live in a society where SOME people are just ignorant! #stayclassymama

  19. I totally did not think this at first but on reading this I was outraged. It’s such a good point. What a way to steal her thunder. She should have said no and told him to F off!

  20. I’ve seen the picture about the proposal, I did not think much at the time, I was just like good for her I guess…but after reading your post…yes it’s actually a dick move and you are right, if we reversed these roles …the titles would have been completely different!

  21. Well said! I thought that too about the proposal. And I kind of felt she thought the same – her expression seemed to say ‘ah great. this is lovely. But umm, now? really?’ Excellent points well made Sarah 🙂 #stayclassymama

  22. Well written and so true. I hadn’t even given it a thought which shows how we’ve come to accept this nonsense as just the way it is. Thanks for highlighting, we’ve still such a long way to go. #StayClassyMama

  23. Mud cakes and wine says:

    Great read and yes I do agree totally, I thought that about the proposal as well. It was not about her amazing performance it was about the proposal and not how she won the medal. Yes do not get me started on volleyball #stayclasymama

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  25. Oh you are so RIGHT! #dickmove

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  26. The Mum Project says:

    Ah Sarah totally agree on the commentators being completely sexist. Comparing female to male. I’m not sure about the proposal though, he could have just been trying to be nice? (And this is coming from a big feminist, I once told my friend that all rap songs should bleep out the word bitch because it’s the same as saying the N word! I still agree on this point). The proposal may have just added to her glorious moment but on the other hand maybe not.

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