Jul 10 2013
Wednesday News: Kody Keplinger on being blind; Dirty Dancing as a subversive masterpiece; sexism in sports
Kody’s willingness to share her experience is encouraging. Hers is not the only experience of a vision impaired kid but if we want broader diversity of characters being treated respectfully it’s helpful to have these touchpoints for authors to use and for all of us to become more empathetic. Disability In KidLit
This next section of the news might raise your blood pressure so I recommend going to Brie’s blog for a few and reading the posts about heroines.
BBC Commentator Apologizes for Comments on Wimbledon Champ’s Looks – Men and women are equal right? Treated exactly the same? Measured by ability rather than gender? Oh, if only. This past weekend’s coverage of Wimbledon just goes to show that women are only as good as their tits and asses. BBC commentator John Inverdale stated, on air- “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?’”"
“How did you feel about this match? No Venus or Serena Williams and no Maria Sharapova? The hard truth for tennis is this: That was a terrible match for the sport. Terrible. For most of the match, Lisicki was in complete panic.
But not only that. Women’s tennis is desperate for stars. And this is the sport’s greatest stage, greatest opportunity. Yet with so little depth, two underdogs got here. Lisicki had a small chance to catch on in the US. Small, because I have a feeling no one was watching. But she did beat Williams, and could have been the Wimbledon champ. She is super-powerful. She is comfortable and personable in front of a camera.
And in terms of growing interest in the game, she could appeal to the average testosterone-defined fan sitting on his couch in front of the TV: She’s an attractive, powerful blonde woman in a short skirt.
Bartoli – more hard truth – is not going to sell in the US. She doesn’t have magazine looks, and plays in an ugly way.
What Couch didn’t come out and say but wanted to was that Bartoli herself was ugly and therefore wasn’t going to interest anyone in America because only horny men who turn on the television with the sole goal of finding something, anything that will help them rub one out are ever interested in tennis.
Men, you are not humans, you are simply a dickstick. A dickstick with a hand.
Finally, to cap off the tremendous coverage of Wimbledon were the dozens of misleading headlines declaring Andy Murray as the first British Wimbledon winner in 77 years. Astonishing, right? What was astonishing, however, was the fact that there have been four British Wimbledon winners. But because they were a whole person and not just a dickstick, it didn’t matter. What mattered was that a horny male who usually is only capable of wanking it on the sofa got up and won something. It was a triumph for DICKSTICKS everywhere! In the meantime, you can read about the four female Wimbledon winners here.
I guess women are just so awesome that it’s expected we’ll win things like Wimbledon at a greater rate than once every 77 years.
By the way, the ad next to the Fox News article? For Dicksticks, of course.
Do I need to give you Brie’s blog link again?