Women just can’t catch a break, especially when it comes to being sexualized and objectified constantly. It’s kind of tiring. Aly Raisman dealt with this on live TV recently when she was joined by former hockey star Marcel Dionne at the NHL Awards to present the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship Wednesday night.
When 65-year-old Dionne saw Raisman come into the stage, he said, “look at those legs!” This comment basically just reduced Raisman to a pair of legs, rather than her actual accomplishments or personhood (like winning three Olympic gold medals and being a UNICEF ambassador)
Raisman, on the other hand, spoke about his hockey history, not his physical appearance. Because she’s smart and decent.
Shoutout to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being “too strong”. Thanks for forcing me to learn to love myself and my body. My muscular arms that were considered weird and gross when I was younger have made me one of the best gymnasts on the planet. Don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t look. There is no such thing as a perfect body type. I love being a part of the #PerfectNever campaign. #GirlPower #Supporteachother