Supermodels and female athletes on the receiving end of sexist media

By Emilee Wentland

When journalists report the news, they are supposed to do it in a way that is unbiased. Unfortunately, some reporters have trouble doing this.

Many news stories are sexist. Everyone has opinions, but when someone is reporting news, they have to take them out of the story. 

For example, supermodel Gigi Hadid was recently attacked while leaving a fashion show in Milan. Hadid fought off the man as he tried to pick her up.

However, news sources such as Daily Mail UK wrote articles which focused on Hadid “lashing out” against the man instead of the fact that he thought attacking her would be an appropriate prank.

 

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Gigi Hadid elbows her attacker. Source: Daily Mail UK. 

Daily Mail UK’s tweet to the article read “Furious Gigi Hadid LASHES OUT at man who tries to physically pick her up.” The tweet focuses on Hadid’s use of defense mechanisms to protect herself rather than the fact that a man thought assaulting a model would be comedic.

Sexism is often portrayed in the media, but is most often aimed at female celebrities, politicians, models and athletes. These stereotypes perpetuated through the media only enhance the idea that women are inferior to men, which isn’t a message they should be sending.

A video made by the #CoverTheAthlete campaign shows how odd it sounds asking male athletes the same questions reporters ask women.

There were many examples of sexist headlines during this summer’s Olympics.

When Corey Cogdell won a bronze medal in trap shooting, the Chicago Tribune labeled her as the “wife of Bears lineman Mitch Unrein” rather than an Olympic athlete. The article makes it seem as if her accomplishment meant nothing had she not been married to a football player.

The article received a lot of backlash on Twitter; however, the article remains online and no edits have been made to correct the problem.

Sexism is everywhere, and the media’s use of it is only making the problem worse. With the influence that the media have on the world, they should be writing about women in a way that demonstrates no bias. 

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One Response to Supermodels and female athletes on the receiving end of sexist media

  1. libbyschauer says:

    Emilee, I really appreciate that you covered this media issue because it’s something I hadn’t heard much about since the summer Olympics. I was in disbelief about the coverage of her medal then, and I’m in disbelief of Ms. Hadid’s coverage of the attack now. Hopefully this can change in the future.

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