Friday 23 February 2018

Twitter Q&A with female athlete accidentally highlights misogyny in sport

Beth Tweddle, who won a bronze medal in gymnastics, said Lottery funding made all the difference. Photo: ACTION IMAGES
Beth Tweddle, who won a bronze medal in gymnastics, said Lottery funding made all the difference. Photo: ACTION IMAGES
Gymnast Beth Tweddle in front of the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow (Alistair Devine/PA)
British gymnasts (clockwise from the top) Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie, Jenni Pinches, Nicole Hibbert, Hannah Whelan and Danusia Francis pose for a picture during a Press Day at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport. Photo: PA
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A Sky News Twitter Q&A with a triple world champion descended into sexist jibes and misogynistic language yesterday.

Social justice blog (and popular Twitter account) 'EveryDay Sexism' compiled a selection of tweets from World Champion gymnast and Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle's Q&A live on the Sky News Twitter account.

The tweets received showed a distinct lack of respect for women's sports and a deep inherent misogyny.

Tweddle received many sexual questions, many questions involving her returning to traditionally feminine duties and when she did receive and answer a sport-related question, her answers were purposely misinterpreted by many of the participants.

Some may argue that the negative and derogatory tweets were a result of the ethos of the chosen platform, but many female athletes have to deal with this kind of treatment their whole professional lives.

Tweddle's achievements include being an Olympic bronze medallist, a triple world champion, a six-time European champion, a Commonwealth champion and seven-time consecutive national champion.

See the slideshow prepared by @Everydaysexism below and tell us in the comments - do you think treating women athletes this way is acceptable?

 

 

 

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