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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

“women’s Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli deemed ‘undeserving ugly fat slut’ by sexists because she’s not a tall skinny blonde”

I wish I didn’t know about this. Except I’m not surprised. Public Shaming opens with this photo:

bartolilisicki

And then:

28 year old French tennis player Marion Bartoli is your 2013 Women’s Singles Wimbledon champion!

That’s Bartoli there on your left. And I’m sure you can see the problem here. You don’t? Oh, that might be because you’re not a BIG SEXIST ASSHOLE. Because, if you were, you’d take one good look at the Wimbledon champ on the left there, then take one good look at the Tennis player next to her, Sabine Lisicki, whom she beat to win the title and realize “THE WIMBLEDON CHAMPION IS NOT A TALL SKINNY BLONDE MODEL LOOKING WOMEN! THIS CAN’T BE!!!!”

Following is a collection of disgusting misogynist tweets along these lines:

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Go on. Go read the pile of rage-filled, reeking-of-entitlement hate Bartoli prompted simply by daring to appear in public playing world-class sports.

Don’t tell me “It’s just a few idiots” or “What do you expect from the Internet” or any of those bullshit excuses. Our culture teaches boys and men to treat women like garbage, and they gleefully do so publicly, with no inkling that they should be ashamed. Some boys and men are able to overcome that training and behave like human beings. Far too many are not… including a BBC sports commentator (via the Guardian):

The Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli said she would not let comments about her appearance by the BBC presenter John Inverdale spoil the greatest day of her life. The BBC was forced to apologise after Inverdale suggested the French player was “never going to be a looker” on Radio 5 Live, shortly after she defeated Sabine Lisicki to win the women’s final on Centre Court.

On clinching the title Bartoli made a beeline for the players’ box where she embraced her father and former coach, Walter. Inverdale told listeners: “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’?…

Earlier Inverdale told his listeners that he poked fun at Bartoli’s looks “in a nice way”. He added: “She is an incredible role model for people who aren’t born with all the attributes of natural athletes”

Imagine, at your moment of triumph, being reminded that no matter what you’ve achieved, you’ve still failed, by the only measure that really matters for women: whether men find you attractive.

This shit has to end.


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