Posted on September 12, 2011 with 69 notes.
Tagged with race, gender, sports, .

But it is the female commentators who make me want to spit nails. Mary Carillo and occasional commentator and tennis legend Chris Evert are the worst of them all. Mary Carillo vacillates between loving Serena—now, anyway—and criticizing her. In the early part of their careers, the sisters winning game was attributed to their powerful bodies. But they were frequently accused of “lacking strategy,” “not thinking about their shots,” and “relying on their ‘natural athleticism.” Whey they started coming to the net and winning, their success was attributed yet again to their “natural athletic ability.” The Williams Sisters were represented as hypermasculine, unattractive women overpowering dainty white female tennis players (although Jennifer Capriati, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are anything but dainty.) These narratives about Black bodies as “naturally athletic,” “more powerful,” “more wild,” “less thoughtful,” and “less strategic” and black female bodies as “(un)naturally strong, invulnerable, and unattractive”– are central to Western narratives of white racial superiority.

Crunk Feminist Collective Refereeing Serena: Racism, Anger, and U.S. (Women’s) Tennis

A great article that sheds light on how the institution of pro-sports (in this case, pro-tennis) reflects the racist, sexist views of society. Gender and race are extremely important things to take note of when it comes to sports.

What really strikes a cord with me with this article is not only that whenever people of color do exceptionally well in sports, its almost always written off as some magical, voo-doo natual athleticism - as oppose to strategy or anything above mere “primitive, raw strength.” [and can we just let it be known that there is no scientific proof that I hear that attributes race to sheer athletic ability. No, black people don’t have extra bones or muscles…]

But in addition, lets look at how black women are demeaned in these areas. Hypermasculine & unattractive? Because we don’t fall in line with white perceptions of femininity that demand dainty-ness and fragility? Black women just don’t even have a right to femininity - lets just liken the Williams sisters to angry black men and call it a day.

(via newwavefeminism)

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