Questions To Consider

  • Why are female athletes viewed differently than male athletes?
  • What is the effect of the sexualization of female athletes?

What We Think

You might have thought that when 17-year-old Chloe Kim won a gold medal in the women’s snowboard halfpipe and became the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic snowboarding medal at the 2018 Olympics, you’d hear her described as “powerful,” “talented,” and “strong.” But instead, Patrick Connor, co-host of Sirius XM’s sports show “Dialed In,” called the teenager a “little hot piece of ass.”

That’s right. Forget about raving about her strength and record-breaking athletic prowess… let’s just focus on how “hot” she is and how soon she’ll turn 18 (seriously, all three male hosts of the show cooed over the athlete’s impending “of age” birthday…gross).

While Connor apologized — but was still fired from another station where he worked, KNBR in San Francisco — that wasn’t the only instance of sexist coverage of female athletes at the Olympics. One Canadian commentator called the women’s Canadian hockey team “fashion models,” while the Americans were, in his oh-so-esteemed opinion, “slobs.” And commentator and former Olympian Bode Miller posited that one female Austrian skier was having difficulty because she’d recently gotten married… dismissing the fact that she was recovering from a wicked knee injury.

It’s encouraging that 43% of Olympians in Pyeongchang were women — the highest percentage of female athletes ever at an Olympics — but it’s time to speak out more against this sexism and sexualization of them. — Amanda E. Snyder

Where We Saw It

Sirius XM Radio show, “Dialed In”, Feb. 13, 2018 (and other coverage)