"We called on the top female athletes in the world, like Venus and Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey, and a bunch of other amazing women whose name we didn’t catch."
Hope Solo. Maya Moore. Katie Ladecky. Ashleigh Johnson. Serena Williams. Okay that last one gave it away—we're talking about girls who do sports. Everyone loves to watch female athletes, and whether it's the WNBA or Olympics, there is no denying that many of these ladies have game—some people even claim to prefer women's sports to the real versions.
Sports fan and Fitbit owner, Todd, took to Twitter in response to claims that men's sports are somehow "better" than women's. Although he usually sticks to ESPN channels 1-12, Todd sometimes catches a women's game if he sits on the remote. "Simply ridiculous to say female athletes are inferior" he tweeted to his 37 followers, "Men's sports are not better, just different. Grow up, and let them play."
He replied to his own tweet several times, explaining that “God” clearly made men larger, stronger, and all-around physically dominant, but women at the top of their game are easily as good as their male equivalents, compared to other women. We couldn’t keep this important equalish statement to ourselves, so we called on the top female athletes in the world, like Venus and Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey, and a bunch of other amazing women whose name we didn’t catch.
Todd isn’t the only fan who knows about women’s sports—tennis legend John McEnroe recently came under fire for voicing reservations when an interviewer suggested that Serena William is widely recognized as the greatest athlete currently playing. Ms. Williams responded on Twitter.
Todd personally praised Williams’ tennis ability, and commended Williams for previously acknowledging that "It's a completely different sport. The men are a lot faster and they serve harder, they hit harder, it's just a different game." Although Williams is the only person in tennis history to win a major tournament while also building a small human in their stomach, Todd makes a fair point when he said men have not been afforded this opportunity, and she shouldn't get special treatment because she's "pregnant"
It's not just a matter of opinion, Todd pointed out. "It's literally science. Women have less hemoglobin per deciliter of blood." When asked to explain, he said "Look I'm not saying Serena Williams couldn't beat me right now in a tennis match, only that as a man, I have more physical strength and potential power in my body." Shrugging, "it's unfair, because fewer female competitors means a lower level of play, because there is less opposition challenging top players to improve."
Concluding his address to the world's elite competitors, Todd underscored that to him, "no matter what anyone says, you’re all beautiful, and strong, in your own amazing and unique ways.” Todd added that in spite of the chiseled muscle tone that many men find “too manly" world boxing champion Ronda Rousey is "not really my thing, but would still bang." Girl power! Reflecting on the event, Todd said, "I am so glad I had this opportunity to tell these fantastic athletes just how good they are, for women."
by Margaret Spencer // @marginalspen