These are just some of the inane and sexist questions female athletes have to face in interviews. Unlike their male counterparts who are asked about their training regimes and performances in competitions, female athletes are asked questions about their body, diet, or dating life far too often, which is the basis for the new #CoverTheAthlete campaign.
“Can you give us a twirl?”
“Tell us about your outfit.”
“Any response to recent comments about your ‘girlish’ figure?”
“Removing your body hair gives you an edge in the pool, how about your love life?”
#CoverTheAthlete shows what would happen if the tables were turned in this provocative video, pairing the audio of some real questions posed to female athletes with video clips of male athletes in front of the microphone. The outraged and dumbfounded ‘responses’ from the sportsmen highlights that what we consider to be “normal” when it comes to women actually sounds ridiculous if aimed at men.
“Sexist commentary, inappropriate interview questions, and articles commenting on physical appearance not only trivialise a woman’s accomplishments, but also send a message that a woman’s value is based on her looks, not her ability — and it’s much too commonplace. It’s time to demand media coverage that focuses on the athlete and her performance, not her hair, clothes or body.” – Cover The Athlete website
To see the full campaign, visit the website here. What’s your view on this?