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TOPIC: #MoreThanMean

#MoreThanMean 09 Sep 2016 13:49 #10101

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Today, I searched for trending videos on Youtube and came across a video titled “#MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Harassment”. Sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro have “mean tweets” that have been posted about them read by real men who’ve never read these very real comments before. Even the men who are supposed to read these comments out loud to the reporters’ faces find it hard to say the words that were tweeted. The things said in these tweets are degrading, sexist, use offensive language, crude, and cruel. Some men in the video even refuse to read it out loud, and one man mentions that he can’t look at the reporter while saying these words.

The purpose of the video, as mentioned at the end, is to discourage people from tweeting these mean and cruel things, because one would probably not be able to say these sorts of things to the reporters’ faces. This is another huge issue with social media today. People can hide behind their computers and screens, and say what they want to say, without any regard for others because they are “safe”. Though there is some, there is not much a filter, and people are free to do what they want and say what they want. Though there is probably not much of an effective way to regulate this, I hope that as we continue to develop with social media, people can begin to have a better understanding and a sense of thoughtfulness, of what should and shouldn’t be said. However, this could be asking for too much from society.

Though I don’t have much knowledge or background information of these two female reporters, I can only imagine the difficulties they face for simply doing their job. In our culture, it is still undeniable that it is ingrained in people’s mind that sports is mostly a “guy thing”. Women, as one tweet mentioned, are thought to stay at home, provide sexual favors, and cook for men. As much as we can try to deny and say that we’ve made progress (which we have to some extent), there is still definitely a very deeply rooted stereotype and belief towards women. Equal treatment of men and women is an extremely important subject for me, and I’ve always been the type of person to never back down from a boy or man. This video demonstrates how unkind people can be, and also how, at times, it can really be so difficult for a woman in such a male-dominated world.
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#MoreThanMean 11 Sep 2016 01:44 #10115

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Thank you for your news. This is a classic and typical example of the social construction of gender and its constraints on the possibility of everybody, especially on women, who are expected to be weak and not sporty. It is lamentable that there are still some people who consider sport a men activity after so many olympic games held. Hyper-masculinity and homophobia are particularly serious in the sports world and it may have to do with that.
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