This piece of trash was even written by a woman:
HOT CURVES AT INDY 500
May 27, 2007 — Gentlemen, stop your engines – before they overheat.
Three sexy speed demons are set to drive racing fans wild at to day's
Indianapolis 500 – and make history with more women behind the wheel
than at any other elite- level U.S. racing event.
Patrick, Sarah Fisher and Milka Duno will heat up the Speedway, with
Patrick, 25, in par ticular having a shot at crossing the finish line
The Wisconsin beauty bolted David Letterman's Rahal
Letterman team for Andretti Green Racing. "For the first time, I'm
having fun with my teammates," she says.
Fisher, 26, who in 2000 became one of the youngest drivers to ever race
in the 500, will be in the 21st position, and Duno, 35, is battling
back from a May 11 crash.
These women are making history and what is their record-breaking feat reduced to? A bunch of adjectives about their physical attractiveness. There's really only one sports-related sentence fragment in there that doesn't sound like it was written by someone covering a sorority party. Can you spot it? The three women are there to compete, and nobody writes stories about any of the male drivers in such a demeaning, body-focused way.
Unfortunately, this isn't anything new. It's happened throughout history as women steadily gained footholds in previously male-dominated situations. We're always held to a different standard. The important thing is to note their achievements, and to not be discouraged because a reporter writes a story about them in a titillating style. At least there are other pieces that cover them in a much more respectful way