It's commendable that women's tennis bigwigs have campaigned so vigorously for equal prize money. It's commendable that women's tennis bigwigs have campaigned so vigorously for equal prize money but they would be far better off instructing Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic to play in tomorrow's Australian Open Final wearing bikinis. I will be watching the final intently no matter what they're wearing - that's the kind of perv I am - but viewing figures would go through the roof assuming it's closed if tennis's two most lithesome lovelies dressed even more alluringly.
February 20, pm Updated February 20, pm. Navratilova first leveled that accusation last December, only to face a firestorm of outrage. So she promised to remain silent while she did more research.
The nine-times Wimbledon singles champ said it was insane to allow people born as men to go head-to-head with biological women. She claimed hundreds of trans athletes had "achieved honours as women that were beyond their capabilities as men". She said: "It is surely unfair on women who have to compete against people who, biologically, are still men.
She reached a career-high ranking of world No. In doubles, she won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals. Inaged 14 years and eight days, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round.
SI is a prime case study in the Title IX paradox: The legislation has helped bring sports participation of women to historic highsbut related sports media coverage has dropped to all-time lows. The Problem: Skin trumps skill. But they were just sooooooooo — Japanese.
Nothing makes us prouder to be women than an empowering quote from an inspirational feminist who has struggled for the freedoms we know today. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
Updated February 19, There is a deep irony to Martina Navratilova's claim in this week's Sunday Times that trans women athletes are "cheats". Navratilova's article reiterates longstanding claims that trans women who were assigned male at birth have a physical advantage over "innocent" cisgender women who were assigned female at birth. But Navratilova herself proved trans players are not unbeatable in women's tennis when she beat the first professional trans tennis player, Renee Richards, more than 40 years ago.
T he British women's beach volleyball team 's new design of, ahem, kitreveals more than the fact that women's sport is still not taken seriously. Supported by cheerleaders wearing powder-blue Lycra and flowing locks, the team may not be wearing much, but there is enough room for a barcode to be strategically placed on the back of their bikini bottoms. So that when pervy men photograph their arses on a smartphone, it directs him straight to a website owned by an online sports betting company.
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