Quickhit: Because that’s what’s important

Black and white drawing of woman wearing a long skirt and bustle, holding a tennis raquet

Black and white drawing of woman wearing a long skirt and bustle, holding a tennis raquet

Apparently, Venus Williams has come to Australia this January in order to be a fashionplate. (And according to some people, she’s doing a bad job at that.)

That’s funny. I thought she was here to play tennis. And she seems to be doing pretty well at that.

Although I had to page down 4 times to find that out – after seeing several references to articles in major newspapers in which misogynist comments have been made about Ms Williams’ outfit.



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6 replies

  1. Growl. I sprained an eyebrow frowning at that ‘news’ story this morning!

  2. What’s also a bit depressing is that after the “flesh coloured pants” line, I was actually pleasantly surprised to scroll down to the photo and discover the pants were actually close to her skin tone rather than some kind of champagne/pinky/beige colour (ref: all those comments abount Michelle Obama’s “flesh coloured” dress and so on).

  3. Yeah, I had a similar reaction to that.

  4. At least she has a name. Anyone want to name the top 5 female cricketers in the world today? One of them?
    Tennis is an enlightened sport.
    And on that cheery note….

  5. I watched some of the footage of Venus’s match last night. People have been complaining about the grunting – it can be annoying – but at times Venus wasn’t grunting she was screaming in pain from her injury. The fact that she finished that set, got treatment and won the match says a lot more about her as a sportswoman than what she was wearing FFS.
    The Williams sisters have injected some much needed pep into women’s tennis and really brought womens tennis into the limelight. I would much rather watch the women play now than the men. So what if they wear dresses or outfits of their own creation. If you can play tennis in it what is the problem?

  6. The fact that she finished that set, got treatment and won the match says a lot more about her as a sportswoman than what she was wearing FFS.
    But it says she’s tough, and that might scare the menfolk. Far better to diss her outfit and save our delicate egos.

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