In today’s society, the media is pretty much biased regarding gender roles in every aspect, even sports. While male athletes get asked questions about their skills and performances, women, who get only about 4% of media coverage, are usually pestered about their physical appearance and other non-sports related questions.
At a news conference after the U.S. Opens quarterfinal match, where Serena Williams defeated her elder sister Venus, it was quiet evident through her body language that the last thing she wanted to do was sit and answer the repetitive and baseless questions showered on her. That is when one of the reporters asked her why wasn’t she smiling like she usually does.
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To which, Serena replies:
“It’s 11:30. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want to be here. (Laughter.) I just want to be in bed right now. I have to wake up early to practice. I don’t want to answer any of these questions and you keep asking me the same questions. It’s not really — you’re not making it super enjoyable. (Laughter.)”
This incident is yet another example of the sexist questions female interviewees are subjected to. Be it any other sports, or even in other professions, including acting, singing or dancing, women are generally asked about the details of their outfits and the celebrity crushes they’d like to date, instead of the inspiration for their character or the challenges they stand against. It’s time to bring back more of the #askhermore questions and this time, ask the correct questions to the deserving heroines.
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) September 11, 2015
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