i think it’s important to recognize that women athletes should not have to compete with men to prove their worth and that women’s leagues are not less than men’s leagues in any way. i also think it’s important to recognize that men use the gender separation in sports to “prove” that women in sports are less than. So while there needs to be more women’s leagues, there’s something inherently messed up with the ideology that most sports fans have (this includes all genders because i know i used to be apart of this group) that women are separate from men not because they deserve their own stage but because they are too weak to compete with “the better athlete that is man”.
in reality mens sports have more funding, people watch them more, teams put more effort into their players because they have the resources. so you have a disadvantaged field. you can’t pretend putting a women’s team up against a mens team is going to be a fair fight. Women are starting 100 yards back from the starting line. Men get top of the line training starting in child hood while women at a professional level also need a part time job to support themselves, which takes up their training time AND shows that they don’t have the money to eat like they want either. It also shows that the leagues themselves have close to no resources.
So when people say “women aren’t fast enough” or “they’re just not talented enough” they’re blind to the bigger picture. These may be facts but they’re not based in biology they’re based in society. Women aren’t fast enough because they work in retail and get as much time in the gym as anyone else who works in retail for a living. They’re not “talented enough” because they need to take care of every other facet of their life. Men in sports don’t have to deal with this. They get catered to and trained up from when they are children. If they’re faster it’s because they train constantly. If they’re talented it’s because society believed in them. Women don’t have that treat.
Even in sports where men aren’t paid like the Australian Ice Hockey League, there’s still an advantage. They still get a big crowd support, social media support, they’re numbers are counted, they’re continuously growing, people care. This is another advantage they have over women. Not only is every part of the institution of sports stacked in their favor, but society already has the idea that they’re better. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: people who say women’s sports are boring have probably never watched a full women’s game in anything.
So the idea that not only are women less than men because of biology but also that the women who are the best in the world [serena williams (although a huge part of her story is also a race issue and i don’t want to demean that), abby wambach, ect.] are more biologically “male” beacuse of their physique is messed up. Women don’t have to be feminine to be women, that’s true, but musculature, height, sexuality, and whether or not they wear dresses or have long hair does not make them less female and less of an icon for young girls.
PSA to all the people who hate on chacos and birkenstocks all the time. They are functional, comfortable, long lasting shoes with fabulous arch support. I hate a lot of your “fashion” choices too but I’m not complaining about it.
I was tagged by alrightsthough to do the 20 Beautiful People Tag!! Thank you so much, sweetheart! (I would take a selfie, but, like, it’s ten and I’ve already exfoliated and I’m super bad at selfies anyway, so have this picture of me looking brooding from the last photo shoot I did.) (Also, I have an awful side profile, but you know what? I don’t even care anymore.)
Nicki Minaj:I didn't win this award due to racism! My horrible over glorified remix of this novelty 90's song totally deserved to win!
Tumblr:Wow, she's right, it must be racism! It's not like these awards have no integrity, or all these talentless artists wouldn't be nominated! Taylor Swift must have won because she's white, not because she's more marketable to a younger demographic which is all that seems to matter these days
Nicki Minaj:*Acts like a child and throws a tantrum for like the 8th time this month after winning an award at the VMAs*
Tumblr:Wow, oh my god, she's such an inspiration! She's a goddess! She totally schooled Miley! She's my actual mother! :)
Nicki Minaj:*Continues to skinny shame, play the victim at every opportunity, and be way more problematic than most of the people Tumblr hates*
Tumblr:She's literally the greatest! She's a feminist icon! She actually cares about me specifically! She's my unproblematic fave! :)
If you can’t see what’s wrong with what just took place at the vmas, you need to reevaluate your lifes. This has nothing to do with artists performances music blah blah. It’s pure racism and Miley gives no shits as to the racist nonsense she is spouting about and to nicki. Then she has the audacity to wear dreads and call on black artists like what she just said and wore isn’t offensive and gross. Someone please take the white trash out…
I was tagged by the gorgeous smokeauditore to do the 6 selfies tag and here it is! You can never go wrong with a flower crown! And I was running out of ideas so I also tagged my little elephant souvenir from my trip to Puerto Rico……