4 Times When Indian Women Athletes Had To Deal With Casual Sexism
The Sports world is quite challenging and when it comes to women sportspersons, it is even more challenging as they face casual sexism inside and outside the stadium. For men, it might be easy to sympathize with women sports personalities, but to understand their hardships is just impossible.
There have been many instances reported when female sports stars were assaulted and had to deal with sexism in sports. Let’s look at some of the instances:
When Sania Mirza was Asked When She is Getting Settled?
When a reporter asked Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza about when will she get settled in her life. He asked, “What about Motherhood’? Building a Family?” The tennis star obviously had got angry and was disappointed.
Sania replied: “You don’t think I am settled? You sound disappointed that I am not choosing motherhood over being no.1 in the world at this point of time. But Ill answer your question anyway. This is one of the questions, as women, that we have to face all the time. Unfortunately, that's when we are settled and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or No.1s we become, we don’t become settled,”
When Mithali Raj was Asked About Her Favorite Male Cricketer
Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team was asked during a press conference about her favorite male cricket star. In response, Mithali shot back at the reporter and said that instead, he should ask a male cricketer who his favorite female cricketer is.
Women cricketers in India do not receive the same recognition as their male peers. Although things are changing, but our society requires more reformation about women athletes.
Insulting Term Used for Sania Nehwal
Rang De Basanti fame Siddharth who also calls himself a feminist made a sexist remark for Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal. He used a derogatory term when he was criticizing Sania, the great badminton player, for her support to Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi. Later Siddharth claimed that the word was used in a different context, but the damage was already done.
The struggle of Dutee Chand
Women athlete Dutee Chand faced sexism altogether in a different way. She had to fight to prove that she was a woman with her testosterone levels below 5 nanomol per liter. This is a required mandate for women athlete to prove that they are a woman. This medical condition was great mental suffering, as she was trolled as a gay. Later she won her case at the Court of Arbitration for sports (CAS).
Sexism is a serious concern for our sportswomen. When PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar are bringing great pride to India, why protective measures for them is still lacking?