- Yaicha Ocampo
Sexism: First Amendment and women's breasts
According to Clay Travis, a writer for Outkick the Coverage, there are only two things that have never let him down in the history of this entire country: "the First Amendment and boobs."
Travis appeared on CNN to advocate for allowing sportscasters to share their political opinions.
This debate was inspired by ESPN host, Jemele Hill's, tweet that President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist," which ESPN disavowed by calling it "inappropriate."
Last year, ESPN fired their host, Curt Schilling, for posting a picture depicting the transgender community in a vulgar light.
Schilling commented, “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Travis considered ESPN to be unjust and hypocritical because they fired Schilling and not Hill.
It does not surprise me that Travis would be supportive of Schilling since both have the tendency of defining an entire social community by their body parts. And, if ESPN were to apply Travis’ philosophy on life, I would argue that they did not fire Hill because she has boobs.
Even CNN host Brooke Baldwin, had to compose herself after Travis' comment.
"Wait, did you just say you believe in the First Amendment and—I just want to make sure I heard you correctly as a woman anchoring this show," Baldwin said. "What did you just say? You believe in the First Amendment and B-O-O-B-S?"
Female athletes have often been viewed as “less” than males.
For example, in 2016, the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a federal complaint accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. The complaint was based on them earning a quarter less than the men’s team regardless of outperforming them and bringing in more revenue.
The objectification of women in sports is not something unheard of—they actually go hand in hand. For example, it is more common for men to watch women’s volleyball because of their attire than to watch it because of the actual game.
And, in case anyone was interested in hearing how some women feel for once; discrimination and unequal pay is one of the many things that have never let us down in this country.
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