I guess I just take the 'plays like a man' comment too personally. Why not compare Sam's tennis to a particular player? How does a man play? Sure, she explained her comments later, but I agree with Bertrand that the journalists and media know exactly what was meant by that comment, and as much as I try to give Domi the benefit of the doubt, I think it was intentionally meant as an insult. Like the journalist who pressed her with questions about the nickname Sam....if her nickname was ReeRee or Kuzzy or Sabs (you know, something cute and feminine), she would never have gotten that question. Some players and journalists just cannot accept that she is extremely fit and isn't going to swish her hair and smile for the cameras wearing a bikini running on a beach in slow motion so the fanboys can get their dose of T&A.
I must be old-fashioned or something, because in my experience, doing something that's considered traditionally masculine (like sports) "like a girl" meant you were weak, poor, inadequate, inferior, etc. Doing something "like a man" meant strong, confident, proud.....BUT it also meant you were somehow less of a woman
. As long as you were putting on lipstick or cooking or rocking some nice Jimmy Choos, everything was ok. But the idea of a woman being able to rebuild an engine on her truck or managing a large corporation or being a good athlete still irritates and intimidates people. And when people feel intimidated, they resort to cheap shots and insults, pointing out the flaws and weaknesses trying to diminish someone's worth. Being told that you are less of a woman (or less of a man, for that matter) can be devastating to some people's self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life. Not that I think Sam takes any of it personally.
Damn - I will just apologize now.
I feel like I have beaten this dead horse for too long, and I didn't intend to go so far off topic and distract from the purpose of this thread. Really guys, I am truly sorry for taking crap like that simple comment so personally and ranting about it. I've said all I'm going to say about this and will stop spamming the thread with my opinion on it.
Back to tennis....I guess since Sunsets21 has given up the jinxy dance, we've got to prepare something else before the next match. Sushi and voodoo, perhaps...