Wimbledon winners and women’s sport, July 2013

The Wimbledon controversy continues but a far more endemic problem was illustrated beautifully this morning by the Metro.

Its sole nod to the existence of women’s sport in today’s paper was an article and photo saying that actually Marion Bartoli did look hot in a dress and heels at the after party, the strong implication being that this of course makes everything OK after all.  I’m sure this is of great comfort to womankind in general and her in particular.

When it could have been reporting on, say, the final on Sunday of the Giro Rosa, the nearest thing women have to the Tour de France, which as far as I can tell has gone completely unnoticed by the UK non-cycling media http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/07/news/mara-abbott-clinches-title-in-2013-giro-rosa_294132

Or a 30-minute women’s course record at the iron distance Outlaw triathlon this weekend http://triathlete-europe.competitor.com/2013/07/08/grant-gill-win-the-outlaw-triathlon

Or, for those who prefer football, the fact that women’s Euro 2013 is about to kick off tomorrow http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23241448

The “77 years since a Brit won Wimbledon, unless you think women are people too” comment was eerily accurate: we don’t think women are people too.  Or if we do, we certainly don’t show it.

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