Jouissens on Feministing posted this incredibly thoughtful examination of the many issues that arise when NBC commentators call women skiers like Lindsey Vonn girls yet refer to their peers with penises as men.
Yeah. What she said. Not that I’m surprised by sexism at the Olympics—women’s ski jumping, anyone?—but right on for continuing to call the idiots out on it.
Oh, sling your arrows. Go ahead. Call me PC. Call me an uptight feminist. Call me short-sighted for talking semantics when people are starving in the streets of Haiti.
But if you are wont to call women PC, uptight, short-sighted, or anything else for insisting that women be called women, here is my challenge to you.
Walk up to Spike Lee, Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, or Muhammad Ali, and call any one of them a boy. Then tell me language doesn’t matter.