Sexism in sports

No matter how successful they are, women players suffer sexist comments all over the world

Mithali Raj

During a press conference ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, the Indian skipper Mithali Raj was asked to name her favourite male cricketer. "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer?" Mithali replied.
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Holley Mangold

"I predict 350 lb. weight lifter Holley Mangold will bring home the gold and 4 guys against their will." Tweeted a comedian, Conan O’Brien on the performance of weightlifter Holley Mangold at the 2012 Olympics. This tweet presents us with two things. There is a matter of making fun of Holley’s size and making light of the idea of raping men as she could use her strength. (Pinterest)

Serena Williams

"Its our decision to keep her in the smallest player in the top 10. Because of all she is a woman, and she wants to be a woman", said Tomasz Wiktorowski, the coach of Agnieszka Radwanska. (Pinterest)

Caster Semenya

After Caster Semenya won the 800-meter race at the World Championships in 2009, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) demanded she be tested by "an endocrinologist, a gynecologist, an internal medicine expert, an expert on gender and a psychologist" to determine whether she should be allowed to keep her medal and continue competing as a woman. (Pinterest)

Marion Bartoli

“Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little 'You’re never going to be a looker? You’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.’”- John Inverdale asked BBC Radio 5 Live listeners. (Pinterest)

Rebecca Adlington

Frankie Boyle, a comedian tweeted, "I worry that Rebecca Adlington will have an unfair advantage in the swimming by possessing a dolphin's face." (Pinterest)

Venus Williams

Shamil Tarpischev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, was a guest on a late-night talk show in Russia when he referred to Venus and Serena Williams as the "Williams Brothers" and said, "It's frightening when you look at them." (Pinterest)

Fallon Fox

MMA commentator Joe Rogan commented on MMA fighter transgender Fallon Fox genitals, on whether Fox should be allowed to fight against other women. He said, "I say if you had a dick at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a dick ... don't care if you don't have a dick any more." (Pinterest)

Eugenie Bouchard

An interviewer Ian Cohen, working for Channel Seven, asked Eugenie Bouchard, a tennis player to “give us a twirl” following her victory over Kiki Bertens. Also, during the match it was casual sexism of a middle-aged man asking a 20-year-old woman athlete to twirl in front of the crowd. (Pinterest)

Katinka Hosszu

When swimmer Katinka Hosszu set a new world record and won her first Olympic gold, focus fell on her husband and coach, Shane Tusup.
"There's the guy responsible for turning Katinka Hosszu, his wife, into a whole different swimmer," said an NBC commentator.
However, Twitter users called the commentator's remarks "offensive" saying, "It was Hosszu who smashed a world record. But her husband is the one responsible for it? That's sexist." (Pinterest)