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|Serena Williams cheated and acted like a fool a few days ago and wound up getting fined. When the story was posted on Facebook, Trump supporters took over the comments sections and basically wrote stuff like, "Let's see how they can blame this on racism and sexism now." My first thought was, "SFTU, I'm tired of everything being so politicized. No one is going to do that anyway."
But the Trumpsters were 100% right and it went from a trickle of liberal outrage to full-blown petitions, like the below that I received:
The story of this weekend should have been about two amazing athletes, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, battling it out on the tennis court. Instead, the U.S. Open was marred by blatant sexism when Serena Williams, perhaps the best tennis player of all time, was penalized repeatedly for arguing with a male umpire.
The umpire, Carlos Ramos, docked a point then a whole game from Williams after she disputed the penalties he had made against her, throwing her off for the rest of the match. Then, she was fined $17,000.1
This would not have happened to a male athlete. In fact, male tennis players who had threatened and verbally abused Ramos, like Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios, did not get penalize. 2 Several professional tennis players, women and men, and fans angrily objected to Ramos' umpiring of the match and called his point-docking sexist and unwarranted.3
Professional tennis is already infamous for gross sexism. And the outrage may just be unbearable enough that we could right the wrong Williams experienced and call for real change from the United States Tennis Association. Will you sign the petition for Serena Williams and women's equality in professional sports?
Ending biased rulings will at the very least require: policies requiring umpires to enforce rules equally for men's and women's matches, anti-sexism and anti-racism trainings for umpires and referees, as well as hiring women umpires and referees to oversee the matches.
The professional tennis world is riddled with sexism, ranging from grossly unequal prize money between male and female players to a male reporter asking a tennis champion to twirl her skirt on TV.4 But this weekend was such a bald demonstration of sexism that the USTA is facing outrage from a global audience.
Even male tennis players like Andy Roddick and James Blake are publicly saying that the umpire's call was sexist.5 Williams, known as an outspoken champion of equality in U.S. tennis, declared she will use this sexist incident to keep pushing for equality.6
During the match, Ramos gave Williams a warning for receiving illegal coaching, a rule that is never enforced and which Williams protested. After Williams missed a shot, Ramos docked a point for throwing her racket to the ground--a call other professional tennis players confirmed was unwarranted. He then docked an entire game when she protested that penalty, partly causing her to lose to the talented Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese athlete to win the U.S. Open.
Everyone from tennis legend Billie Jean King to current tennis athletes to countless spectators are calling it out: This was sexism at play.7 Unlike Williams, several male athletes who cursed, threatened, and abused other umpires did not face the same treatment.8
Here are more examples of sexism in professional tennis: Alize Cornet was given a warning for fixing her top, while Rafael Nadal was able to sit shirtless for several minutes without complaint.9 The former Indian Wells tournament CEO, Raymond Moore, claimed women should "get on their knees" to thank male athletes for "carrying" the sport.10 Another male executive of the sport mocked Venus Williams and Serena Williams for their physique, calling them "the Williams brothers."11 A male player said women athletes are "unstable emotionally."12 After a win, tennis star Eugenie Bouchard was asked to twirl her skirt by a male interviewer.13 On top of that, many women's tennis tournaments still aren't given prize money equal to the men's.14
In fact, the number one male tennis athlete, Novak Djokovic, made double the money the number one female athlete, Serena Williams, made in 2016.15
The good news is that the outrage following this weekend's Grand Slam has been so overwhelming that thousands of people can channel that not only to support Williams, but to call for real change in U.S. tennis.
Will you sign the petition to the United States Tennis Association now?
Thanks for speaking out!
-- Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team
1. US Open 2018: Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in final, BBC, September 9, 2018
US Open 2018: Serena Williams fined over outbursts during final, BBC, September 9, 2018
2. Serena Williams' U.S. Open loss may be the grossest example of sports sexism yet, CBS News, September 9, 2018
3.Reaction: Outrage around violations against Serena; praise for Osaka, ESPN, September 9, 2018
4. The Sexism in Tennis Needs to Stop, Huffington Post, March 29, 2017
5. Reaction: Outrage around violations against Serena; praise for Osaka, ESPN, September 9, 2018
6. Serena Williams Is 'Fighting for Women's Rights' as Stars Show Support After U.S. Open Loss, People, September 9, 2018
7. Players and Fans See Sexism in Serena Williams’s Treatment at U.S. Open, New York Times, September 9, 2018
8. Serena Williams' U.S. Open loss may be the grossest example of sports sexism yet, CBS News, September 9, 2018
9. The Sexism in Tennis Needs to Stop, Huffington Post, March 29, 2017
11. A Brief (and Recent) History of Sexism in Tennis, The Atlantic, October 19, 2014
12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says women's tennis players are 'more unstable emotionally', USA Today, January 23, 2013
13. The Sexism in Tennis Needs to Stop, Huffington Post, March 29, 2017
Trump is going to win re-election, mark my words. These are the types of things that drive well over half the country insane and make people vote for him out of spite. Liberals will never get that, and they'll never win again until they do.
Last edited on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 06:34 pm by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.