"So yeah, Miko's right, nothing a woman does really matters more than how she looks. It doesn't matter what we're talking about - women will always be criticized for being too pretty, sexy, fat, tall, ugly, short, dark, light, etc. When are we going to stop putting the responsibility on women to look or act the "right" way for whatever the occasion is and realize that it is how we react to the women that needs to be changed. As a society we are still very firmly entrenched in the mindset that women need to act or look a certain way to be taken seriously. Often that way is a total counterintuitive labyrinthe mindfuck that no one can figure out. Like a woman who is too beautiful often finds it hard to be taken seriously in business. But if she's too ugly, she'll never get promoted. If she's too quiet, she's not confident enough, if she's confident she's a bitch. We're seeing the same things with the Olympians who are too muscular, too fat, not feminine enough, too sexy (and using their sexiness! according to the fantasy world of Jere Longman). I mean, the Williams sisters have been dealing with this shit for years. It's like the fact that they're champion tennis players are almost secondary to their bodies and their fashion choices. It is all such a massive clusterfuck I can't even get my head around it. How about this? How about instead of telling female athletes to not do something that will open them up to comments about their looks and by extension, their behavior (VIXEN!); we instead decide that we ourselves will not talk about women athletes (or any women) that way? By that I mean that we make a concerted effort to honestly evaluate or judge a woman based on the actual merits of the thing she is actually trying to accomplish? All this other stuff about her bikini shots or her saying she's a virgin don't actually matter and they didn't matter until Jere Longman made it matter. Before she was one of many good looking athletes who have been photographed in bathing suits, most of whom have the main focus on their athletic ability. And she would have stayed that way until he made it about her being a vixen, a sexy minx. And he made it out to be her fault - if she wouldn't have posed for a magazine cover/been so sexy/said she was a virgin, I could take her seriously! She didn't do that, he did. As an athlete she did nothing inappropriate or out of line. He created that persona for her and then goes on to shame her for it.
What I think is here is a clear case that we are asking them to change to fit some unknowable ideal of what they should be, instead of admitting that we are wrong and that it's wrong to comment on gold medal winner Gabby Douglas' hair or speculate about Lolo Jones' intentions because she's beautiful and sexy. Instead Jere Longman has to write an aggrieved and totally offensive article like he's the boy she shunned at the school dance and now he's getting his revenge by writing a nasty, bitchy article about how she's not that great anyway. I mean, fuck this guy .
I have very little hope of this kind of thing ever getting better for women."