So the New York Times wrote an article that said something about Serena Williams being built like a man. (I will admit did not read that article, but I did see the reaction piece they did in response to the backlash.)
My first thought, probably like most of you... WHAT!? That woman is drop dead gorgeous.
And here my friends is the problem. In a single fell swoop we have objectified the queen. We have stripped her of her success, her talent, and her soul and labeled her body as a key focus and topic of conversation. We have made her achievements in the height of one of her most shining moments obsolete.
This woman a long with her sister Venus, have been dominating tennis FOR YEARS. They have been staples and role models in the African-American community and have inspired young black girls all over the place. This woman is just pure, pure talent. She's been blessed by the grace of God to win the titles she's been awarded and somehow in this amazing point in her career due to her achievements at Wimbledon this year, instead of just celebrating her, we came for the most superficial element. Her body.
And in reaction, America threw a fit, but all the while still talking about her shape. I will not deny this Queen has a "too die for" figure, but I've seen some of the most DISGUSTING comments, about this woman and her figure and what one might want to do to her.
NEWS FLASH!!! : YOU ARE STILL NOT CELEBRATING HER!!!!
You have taken someone who has well deserved this spotlight for her energy, her talent and achievements and turned her into this walking sex image because she just happens to be curvy in the all the right places. (As she's always been. It's just now the world wants to point it out and take notice.)
Stop discussing her body. Yes, she's gorgeous, but leave it at that. HER BODY SHOULD NOT BE THE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. Her body is not what brought her success. HER TALENT is.
If this were LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, Tiger Woods, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Marshawn Lynch even or any other male athlete, we'd be talking about their talent, their history in their sports, their highlights. (Then, maybe their weight, height or their shape as it relates to the sport, but not what we'd do to them. It's not even considered first in the conversation.) We're PUBLICLY highlighting all the wrong things about this talented and inspiring woman and it needs to stop now.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
Unfortunately, this is not the only woman we do that to. Every day women are seen for what their body has to offer. We ignore the brain in her head, the talent she holds, and lack the decency to find out what she's about, mentally and soulfully. We don't not talk about men the same way we discuss women. Not in the workplace, not with our friends, not even on a day to day basis. A woman is quick to be seen for what she has on, and how it turns someone on and what she might let happen before we even think to question who she might be and what she might like. It happens every day. We belittle our women to almost nothing but an item and an object. A trophy to be kept. And this mentality, this behavior crosses over into some many aspects of life that it affects the way women are viewed (Housewives, baby makers, sex fiends, bad drivers, inferior beings, inadequate and unfit for specific jobs or roles) We wonder why job equality and equal pay still hasn't made a break-through yet.
Even I, at 23 years old with a master and bachelor degree, have ONE TOO MANY TIMES experienced moments of objectification since high school. Especially in moments where I least expect it to happen. I am not a curvy woman, I have tasteful fashion behaviors, and would be the last individual to draw attention to myself, but unfortunately, I've been tried on numerous occasions.
AND I FOR ONE, AM NOT HAVING IT!
So in defense of all women, especially myself and this talented Queen, Serena Williams, I am asking America..
STOP. IT. STOP IT RIGHT NOW!
Let's get back to the real discussion. The talent this woman possesses. Those amazing achievements. Shout out to Serena for winning her yet another Wimbledon title! You can see her other achievements here in her Trophy Case. This is where the conversation belongs and should have stayed.
Let's talk about that!