That's why I believe words like sexist, or feminist, are the wrong words to use in this century. I'd prefer to be called a Humanist. One person, in favor of equality for all humans, regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation.
One of the reasons I picked this topic for today's Take A Moment Monday post is because the headlines lately seem to be all about hurtful words. There have been lots of news stories lately about name calling and personal attacks (thanks a lot all you political candidates), stories of trash talking sports figures, and now this latest story I read on CBSNews.com this morning. The CEO of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament made some ill-considered remarks about the women in the WTA. That female athletes ride the coattails of male players.
Read the whole story here
Here's a snippet of what Serena said in response to the gentleman's opinion (and let me just say he has a right to express said opinion. The first amendment guarantees that).
Q: You have led women, and Venus also, have led women through a lot of struggles. Are you surprised in 2016 that issues and complaints and sexism are still cropping up?
Williams: Yeah, I'm still surprised, especially with me and Venus and all the other women on the tour that's done well. Last year the women's final at the US Open sold out well before the men. I'm sorry, did Roger play in that final or Rafa or any man play in that final that was sold out before the mean's final? I think not.
So I just feel like in order to make a comment you have to have history and you have to have facts and you have to know things. You have to know of everything. I mean, you look at someone like Billie Jean King who opened so many doors for not only women's players but women athletes in general.
So I feel like, you know, that is such a disservice to her and every female, not only a female athlete, but every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.
Now, how about a look at something a more informed man has to say about sexism and feminism...Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister.
So that's my #TakeAMomentMonday thought. Let's all go out and be humanists. The world will be a better place for it.