*Trigger Warning* This post and the video that follows include discussion and threats of rape
I’m not a super huge sports fan but I occasionally watch ESPN with my stepdad. Within the past few years, they have increased the number of female sports reporters that they have on their network. If you were to watch for a few hours, you would see that there is at least one on almost every single show. There are ups and downs to that but that’s a discussion for another time.
In 2016, for some reason that still baffles me, men still think that women can’t have anything to do with sports aside from being on the sidelines and cheering for the men. They also seem to think that jokes about death and sexual assault are somehow appropriate. The following video shows the type of harassment that women in sports reporting face everyday.
But sexism and rape culture don’t exist right?
Just a bunch of crazy feminist theories right?
Please tell me in what world is it okay to tell a rape victim that you hope that they relieve one of the worst moments of their life? What kind of sick, disgusting, human being would even have a thought like that pop into their heads? And the only reason that she’s even being subjected to this kind of abuse is because she works in a field that contains mostly men.
This is one of the many problems that we face in our society.
Of course, it’s not all men that act/think this way and this video is a clear representation of that. The men in this video had the right reaction. They hesitated, they didn’t want to have to say those things. Hell most of them even apologized for something that they didn’t even do.
I hope this video puts into perspective how in 2016, we still have a long way to go when it comes to equal treatment.