They Don't Look Like Olympic "Girls" to Me
Some days it feels like we just aren't making any progress in this country, and no, I'm talking about the economy. I've been thrilled to watch the Winter Olympics with my family this year, even introducing my little girl to the amazing feats the athletes are performing. She dances around the living room imitating the athletes and I bite my nails. Good times.
But I may have to start turning NBCoff, since I don't want to expose my girl to the creeping sexism I've noticed in the commentary. Last night we were on the edge of our couch watching the amazing, grueling, dangerous, spectacular Women's Downhill ski event, in which American Lindsey Vonn won gold. This is one of the toughest courses in the world - almost two miles long and to top it off it was rough and very icy. Six of the women skiers crashed; one had to be airlifted to a hospital.
These were exciting, dedicated, POWERFUL athletes. Vonn famously crossed the finish line despite a very painful injury. And what did the male broadcaster refer to her and her fellow ski mavens as? Girls.
"No one wants to see another girl hurt," he said, as Vonn watched in horror as yet another competitor crashed. He used the G word more than once.
You know, I expect better. When we watched the men's figure skating and racing, there was a lot of talk about how young some of the skaters are — 17, 18, 19. But at most they are called kids, or just - young. No one called them boys.
This morning we flipped on NPR and heard a re-cap of Vonn's triumph and the overall downhill race. The male reporter used the term "ladies downhill." Come on guys - get your facts straight. They're aren't racing downhill to Victorian dresses on their way to tea and cucumber sandwiches.Continued on the next page