To begin, one inherently sexist facet of the 2016 coverage of the Olympic Games was the disproportionate portrayal of female competitor’s success compared to their male counterparts. One clear example is Katie Ledecky, who won a gold medal and broke the world record for women’s 800-meter freestyle (Crockman, 2016). Nevertheless, because Michael Phelps took home a silver medal “she had to ride on the coattails of Phelps’ success to make a headline” (Crockman, 2016). The fact that Ledecky did not make headlines after winning a gold and smashing a world record to pieces does not merit a headline in a newspaper is sampling appalling. However, the gender bias does not end there, as fellow Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte commented "She swims like a guy. Her times are becoming good for a guy" (Trombadore, 2016). By making such a statement not only is Lochte implying that men are intrinsically superior to women in the realm of swimming, he is also downplaying Ledecky’s hard-work and success as an athlete. Not only is such a statement misogynistic in nature, but what does it portray to the young women who see Ledecky as a positive role-mole? Does such a comment tell them that to become a successful female athlete they will ...
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...e is research that shows that women who violate stereotyped behavioral norms face negative consequences for that behavior, while men are given a wider berth for their behaviors” (Newberry, 2016). Thus, the disparity between punishments for Solo and Lochte highlights another facet of sexism and male privilege in professional sports.
Conclusively, sexism is still rampant in professional today, as illustrated by the 2016 Olympics. Due to the combination of the unequal portrayal of female athlete’s success and disproportionate punishment female athletes face for misdemeanors compared to their male colleagues, it is painfully clear that male privilege remains an issue in modern sports coverage. One thing is clear, if the world does not change its misogynistic trend in modern sports coverage, then the next Olympics the world will surely bring home the gold in sexism.
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