The sports that women play should not determine whether you are considered “an athlete”
What does it mean to be a sport? According to Merriam-Webster, a sport is any “contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other.” There are a lot of things that would fit into this category – more than some people are willing to admit. For them, a sport is decisively masculine, so activities like figure skating, which assess competitors based on several more feminine characteristics, are a threat to this definition.
Their feeling of being threatened has become especially evident during this year’s Olympics. One woman, who was supposed to know her place as an artist above all else, crossed the line and expressed herself as an athlete…and will be remembered more for that than anything else. As Amanda Palleschi explains in her article for The Atlantic:
Ashley Wagner will be remembered well after the torch is…
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