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    17 Times Female Athletes Had To Put Up With Sexist Bullshit

    Sure I can imagine saying that male athletes "glisten like wet otters."

    1. The mayor of London said that Olympic beach volleyball athletes are "semi-naked women" who "glisten like wet otters."

    2. A reporter wrote about Serena Williams' body and how other female athletes avoid emulating her physique.

    3. A sports reporter called race-car driver Danica Patrick a bitch (and more).

    In the segment Fox5 San Diego anchor Ross Shimabuku says:

    "Danica Patrick is such a pretty girl. And she makes a lot of money in sponsorships because of it. But what’s not sexy is that she’s sexy and she knows it."

    The segment then cuts to a clip of Patrick in an interview (the words "I'm sexy and I know it" under her name on the screen) saying, "I don't quite understand — when you're referring to a girl, a female athlete in particular — you have to use the word 'sexy.' Is there any other word you can use to describe me?"

    Shimabuku comments: "Oh, I got a few words. Starts with a 'b' and it’s not beautiful."

    4. A tennis announcer asked Serena Williams and Eugenie Bouchard to "twirl" to show off their outfits.

    Do you think the 'twirlgate' story is a bit of lighthearted fun or was it sexist? Let us know: http://t.co/7qBgnMg9Om

    It happened at the 2015 Australian Open; the announcer asked both athletes (ranked numbers 1 and 26 in singles tennis in the world respectively) to twirl following their second-round matches. ESPN reported that Bouchard clearly felt awkward. It became known as #Twirlgate.

    5. In an effort to help them look more feminine, the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) provided female boxers with athletic skirts to box in.

    6. During the Women's World Cup a SportsCenter anchor said that Germany failed to stop a goal because they didn't want to muss their hair.

    7. The NYT implied that Lolo Jones was getting way more attention for her beauty than she should considering her athletic achievements.

    8. An Australian newspaper polled readers on their thoughts about an Olympic swimmer's body.

    9. An official from UK Athletics said that British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill needed to lose weight.

    10. South African Olympic gold medal runner Caster Semenya was made to undergo a "gender verification test."

    11. In 2013 a BBC broadcaster said that French pro tennis player Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker."

    12. Conan O'Brien made fun of Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold's weight and sexual attractiveness on Twitter.

    O'Brien tweeted, "I predict 350 lb. weight lifter Holley Mangold will bring home the gold and 4 guys against their will." Mangold can lift a barbell that weighs 320 pounds from the floor to over her head.

    13. Leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Scottish comedian made fun of swimmer Rebecca Adlington's face.

    14. NBC's New York affiliate featured a slideshow on women's Olympic volleyball called "Great Bodies, Bikinis, and More."

    15. A tennis official questioned the Williams sisters’ gender and called them “frightening.”

    16. The coach of the Cameroon's women's soccer team said that Brazil's team was problematically heavy.

    17. On a 2013 episode of his podcast, MMA commentator Joe Rogan discussed transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox's genitals.