For generations, “like a girl” has been an insult to athletes, as this was used against someone that was viewed as weaker, incompetent, uncoordinated and unable to participate in that sport. A male being beaten by a female was seen as a bad thing because females have been viewed as inferior to men for far too long, especially in sport. Being a female in the sports world shouldn’t be viewed negatively, but should be viewed as an honourable individual who has committed to bettering themselves physically, emotionally and mentally. Ashley Steacy is one of the fiercest and toughest athletes I know, playing one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, rugby 7s, all while being a kind-hearted and caring person away from competition. Is winning an Olympic bronze medal something to be ashamed of? Absolutely not. Does the fact that she is female change the way that people see her athletics accomplishments? Sometimes.
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Posted May 24, 2018