Awareness organization Cover The Athlete (#CoverTheAthlete) created a video to show a world in which male athletes receive the same absurd interview questions and coverage as female athletes. The video quickly delivers a very different perspective on the questions female athletes are asked about things like hair, weight, and figure. They're questions that should not be asked of any athlete, regardless of their gender. Hence the name: Cover the Athlete. Sports reporting should be focused on performance and nothing else, although sometimes even that is difficult, like when a female reporter is asked to leave the sideline because her attractiveness is distracting the players.
Check out the video below. The request for a twirl wins the gold medal for being most offensive.
Hopefully increased awareness will help sports fans recognize that the questions are unacceptable for anyone. In the meantime, we'll rely on heroes like Serena Williams who shut down a reporter for asking her why she's not smiling after a match.