Yes, I just got through bashing the Huffington Post as unreadable and sexist, but while giving it one last nose-thumb I ran across this little piece of 411, posted on the UK site by “MSc Student and Boxing Dilettante” Elizabeth Plank:
Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) met yesterday to discuss the games and draw up recommendations, including suitable dress requirements. One of the items up for discussion was whether female boxers should have to wear skirts.
Last year, they suggested that wearing skirts would make female athletes look ‘elegant’ and help ‘distinguish’ them from their male counterparts. In other words, they are recommending that a female boxer’s performance as an athlete should align with her performance as a feminine woman.
Elizabeth Plank gets a Savage Death Island Chin-Nod for complaining about this sexist shit. But get out your umbrellas, tacqueaux, because my lobe is about to pull a Mt. St. Helens.
Because lard help me, I read the comments.
Why would I do a thing like that? Is not the First Law of Internet Blaming “Never Read The Comments”? Did I really think I would not see this:
I’m as far from being some kind of swivel-eyed mysoginist as it gets but IMHO girl’s bodies arent designed to take the kind of punishment that men’s are and therefore women’s boxing should be outlawed on medical grounds [sic]
Won’t watch, though as I don’t like seeing women getting hit, by women, by men, by anybody. Therefore, what women wear while they do something I won’t see, is irrelevant to me.
Anyhow, why is it you girls want to be so like men? Do you girls feel inferior or something?
There was even some guy who explained that women shouldn’t box in shorts because they accentuate “the labia.” Who even thinks up moron shit like that, let alone writes it on some woman’s totally innocuous blog post?
No matter what, no matter how reasonable a woman is, or how polite, or how deferential, whenever she tries to make even the mildest feminist point anywhere on the flipping internet, there is an immediate “mysoginist” jacknut pile-on of trolls, fuckwads, mansplainers, and dicks. That’s the Second Law of Internet Blaming.
Admittedly this is no ground-breaking insight, but much like UK celebrity and HuffPo contributor Labrinth, “it’s like there’s this big, wild universe in my head and I love to express it!!!”