You know how sometimes some people say the most laughably sexist things? Like, things you can’t even waste the energy getting offended about because they’re so preposterous? Meet Turkish columnist Yuksel Aytut, who wrote a column called “Womanhood Is Dying At The Olympics.” Yes, seriously. Womanhood is dying. All those female athletes are running, swimming and kicking soccer balls when they should be back at home rubbing their husband’s feet. Such a shame!
He said and I quote:
“Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips; [they are] totally indistinguishable from men. Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers. Their appearance is just pathetic.”
Instead of addressing the narrowing gender gap and the breaking of barriers in the arena of athletic achievement (if current trends continue, within the next century, female Olympians will be just as fast as their male counterparts) this asshole is more concerned about how women look while doing it. The question raised in his mind is not how challenging it is to be a female athlete but whether these athletes look aesthetically pleasing to the male eye as ladies are supposed to look.
Since women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics in 1900, men have consistently been faster and stronger than their female counterparts. During these London Games, 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen caused several bowties to rapidly spin around and royal monocles to pop out when she swam the last 50 meters of her split in the individual medley faster than Ryan Lochte. As it stands now, the world’s fastest women are about 90% as fast as the world’s fastest men across a variety of sports and at a variety of distances; The Atlantic calls it the “golden ratio.” But if current trends continue and women keep gaining on men, within the next century, the ladies will match the dudes in the water and on the track, according to a computerized projection.
But no no, who cares about that? Do these women have nice big boobies? Do they have a 24 inch waist and a perfect hour glass figure? No? Well, who cares about their achievements then. We only want to watch them if they look good doing what they're doing (hey buddy, it's called a strip club)
To everyone who has ever said that a female athlete didn't look like a woman, I would like to say a big fuck you to you. You're an ass and a waste of space. And it is because of people like you that a new gender testing procedure has been instituted for female athletes. Basically, if an official suspects that a female competitor may be a little too manly, that competitor will be subject to “gender testing” to make sure she’s not packing too must testosterone. In other words, if a lady breaks a world record but looks too boyish, she can be singled out. Better get your nails done, ladies.
“I can remember speaking to a 12-year-old boy, a football player, and I asked him, I said, “How would you feel if, in front of all the players, your coach told you, you were playing like a girl?” Now, I expected him to say something like, “I’d be sad; I’d be mad; I’d be angry,” something like that. No, the boy said to me, the boy said to me, “It would destroy me.” And I said to myself, “God, if it would destroy him to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?”
— Shakesville: “My liberation as a man is tied to your liberation as a woman.”
“As long as we live in a culture that tells women that being admired and desired for the way we look is merely the normal condition of womanhood, something fundamental to our sex, it will be considered acceptable to evaluate women for their decorative value. As long as it’s considered acceptable to pass public judgment on women’s bodies, often negatively — to snark on and condemn and make fun of things that are truly beyond an individual’s control — in public, then it’s open season on all of our bodies. As long as women are in competition with one another to have the ‘best’ body, we all lose. As long as there persists a single, narrow beauty ideal we are all instructed to live up to, none of us will live up to it. This game is rigged. There will always be some critic who can tell us where we are found lacking.”
— Jenna Sauers,