YAY SPORTSSS!

If you google “female athletes,” some of the first titles that come up include: “Ultimate List of Hottest Female Athletes In The World,” “Top 10 Hottest/Sexiests Female Athletes In The World” and “We Thought Female Athletes Were Catching Up To Men—,” when will we notice women for their achievements and not their looks. Everyone enjoys compliments and the best compliments are those that motivate you.

ESPN’s Body Issue last summer featured naked athletes and powerful quotes about their bodies. Although the article on Shape magazine highlighted positive aspects, the sub-title describes the issue as “the annual ESPN Body Issue, Brittney Griner, Aly Raisman, and more of the hottest women in sports.” Yeah, they have amazing bodies but they also have amazing careers— which is the reason why their bodies look so great. LPGA-golfer Sadena Parks said “I have a butt that is larger than I want it to be,” and when people compliment her she replies, “Well, thank you, but you can have it if you want it. I’ll give it to you, it’s all yours.” Natalie Coughlin, a swimmer featured on the issue, says it’s really hard to shop when her upper body is a size ten but her waist is a size four, but she says, “I want to be as successful as I can; if that means having big arms, I’ll take big arms.” Other athletes described their developed body parts as insecurities because they don’t fit societal norms of what a women’s body should look like. Their developed body parts are what make them great in the sport they play. 

Yahdon Israel’s article for ESPNW talks about the expectations in society where he knew about Muhammad Ali’s career but not that his daughter has a 24-0 record “without Googling it.” Israel is supposed to know that in 1960 Ali was one of the greatest athletes; however, he’s not expected to know that Wilma Rudolph, an African American female, won three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics. Of course Israel knows Indiana Pacers Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, but he did not know who Cheryl Miller was. Well— Cheryl holds the national high school record in basketball for scoring 105 points in one game. She’s also the person who introduced and coached her brother in basketball. This is all according to Yahdon Israel’s article. Lets be honest, who talks about or even follows female athletes like we do to male athletes. At our local hockey games, about 2,000 people attend a men’s game. If you do go to a women’s game it will be just you, their parents and some of the girls from the rugby team. 

If we were aware of how female athletes contribute to sports we would appreciate them more. The problem is not with the audience, the problem is caused by the media. The day we see female athletes as what they are, athletes, and not as a piece of meat that has a nice body because she kicks a ball around instead of going to the gym, will be a big step forward in our society.

Lets cover women’s achievements. Lets teach the world that basketball is basketball, no matter who is playing it. Lets enjoy sports. We all guilty of looking at the Alex Rodriguez’s butt, but he’s still known for being a great baseball player (and for using steroids), so why can’t we enjoy a female’s beauty and her achievements too?

 

 

freedom of speech that’s what

If I had the opportunity to choose who I work for it would be Rolling Stone. Although it’s good to work for a magazine that’s well known, my reasoning exceeds its fame. While former employees claim the magazine is a sinking ship on glassdoor.com, I consider Rolling Stone one of the smartest magazines when it comes to obtaining the publics attention. Rolling Stone is controversial. To critics, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s face as the cover of their issue was a terrible, degrading idea. In some way it is terrible, but when you see it from a publisher’s perspective it was the right way to get people’s attention. An incident that hurt our nation was exposed. Aside from what the news covered the first two weeks, I for one wasn’t informed about the subject. As the press you want the public to respond, every now and then Rolling Stone shakes its audience. I want to be part of a magazine that knows what sells. 

People, as well as organizations, lose their purpose as they grow. But Rolling Stone remains relevant. Rolling Stone was primarily a music magazine, now it covers pop culture, investigative reporting and politics. Celebrities also change over time. Jennifer Lawrence’s personality went from “I am a regular girl” to “I now have a different lifestyle but I’m still going to claim I’m like other girls.” Us regular girls have a job at our local mall, J.Law no longer qualifies for this role. There’s a point where you can’t preserve the ideals you started with because of how broad your audience is. Even small publications like Paste Magazine broadened their content, so why do people punish Rolling Stone for covering other things besides music?

Incidents like the Britney Spears cover when she was 17-years-old and the publics reaction to Janet Jackson’s breasts covered with two hands says more about the readers than it does about Rolling Stone itself. The magazine is as liberal as can be. I would not want to work for a publication that limits my writing from having any emotions. I want to evoke feelings in the people who read my articles, whether it’s anger or happiness, I want them to feel. I want to work for a magazine that has a voice and stands by it. A consistent magazine that impacts the reader. I choose Rolling Stone as an example because they write about interesting current events while remaining consistent.