So I was just watching HLN, minding my own business, when Keith Russell from Bleacher Report began talking about LoLo Jones, who competed in track in the summer olympics, and now she has made the bobsled team for the winter olympics, being one of the few women who have competed in BOTH olympic games.
And then he has the audacity to say, “She had to gain a lot of muscle to push that bobsled. She went from 135 to 155. How many women can loo THAT GOOD after gaining 20 pounds?”
I shit you not, that is a direct quote.
So here we have a woman who is an incredible athlete and her athletic prowess has earned her a trip to both the summer and winter olympics for two totally different sports, and we STILL have MALE COMMENTATORS bringing up the topic of her weight. It doesn’t matter that she’s an amazing athlete. It doesn’t matter what she’s accomplished. What only matters is that she’s gained 20 pounds (but she still looks hot so it’s ok!!!!).
It’s just proof that no matter what you do and no matter how good you are at it, if you’re a woman, you’re still subject to being reduced to a walking piece of flesh to be denigrated and criticized by men.
now you know how people with glasses see.
WOAH is this how it really is?
YES THIS IS VERY ACCURATE
Today’s problem: do we have the money to send Isk to camp at the rec centre once Isabel goes back to the US? Are we being lazy and bad parents if we do this? And can he be convinced to go?
Parenthood does not mean that anything short of 100% of non-job, non-sleep time has to be devoted to the kid, provided the kid is reasonably happy in whatever alternate arrangements have been made. I think it’s worth mentioning at this juncture that public school made me fairly miserable on a regular basis throughout my youth, and my mother had a standing offer that since it was making me miserable, home-schooling was a thing that could happen. I consistently declined, in part because I knew her teaching style and my learning style were fantastically incompatible, but also because I saw the benefits of getting out of the goddamn house and spending time with people who I was not related to. Also school had programs and equipment that we didn’t have at home.
What activities would Isk be getting to take part in at the rec center which he wouldn’t get the opportunity for at home? Has he done similar stuff there before? Did he like it?
Does he know the other kids there? Does he like them? Does he have a history of ultimately getting along with new kids even when there’s a bit of an adjustment period? Does he need the opportunity to be exposed to a bunch of kids in a situation where maybe he won’t see any of them again? (I was very bitter about not having been able to go to kindergarten with my elementary school crowd, because a lot of them already knew each other when I showed up in first grade, and first grade was Serious School and not a whole lot of social play, and I was a complete alien. It went poorly.)
is famous for her backflip landed on only one blade; she is considered the only skater in the world capable of this move
Why am I just now hearing about her??????
Because you’re young. She retired from amateur competition after the ‘98 Nagano Olympics and never medalled at the Olympics in her career, but she did win gold at Europeans a bunch of times and silvered at Worlds a few times.
The main thing to understand about Surya Bonaly’s career as a skater is that figure skating is racist as fuck and she never fit the image of a skater, to judges or to commentators. Race and colorism were a huge fucking factor in how she was evaluated and discussed—she’s French, born in Nice, but her (white) adoptive parents lied and said she was born off Madagascar and abandoned by her birth parents to make her seem more ~exotic~, to give you an idea.
Commentators were especially horrid to her and loved to praise her for her “athletic” style but would always criticize her for not being ~artistic~ enough and she always got dinged on artistic presentation. She would always do well in the short program on technical marks and then the long program would be her achilles heel because of how heavily artistic presentation was weighted. (For the younger among you, this is pre-SLC so this is when the old judging system was still being used.)
More proof of how fucked skating is: Surya is also the only woman to my knowledge to ever land a quad toe loop in competition or even attempt one and to this day they don’t want to credit her with actually landing it, because all four rotations were not completed in air. Granted, there is a fair case to be made that it was only a triple, but don’t doubt that race played a role in that. They hated on this woman from the minute she got on the ice.
And yes, she landed that famous backflip on one blade at the 98 Olympics in her long program as one last FU to the system that had been fucking her for her whole career. Which is the real reason you should know who she is, tbh. Never was there a badder bitch on ice.
I remember when my mother threw her slipper at a television when Surya was receiving her marks in 1994 at Lillehammer.