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Do You Prefer Watching Female Olympians?

The Winter Olympics are about to do a triple axel into our living rooms, and if I don't catch anything else, I'll be sure to tune in to the female figure skating competition. But apparently while I'm watching, I won't hear much about the athletes' skills.

A new book, Olympic Women and the Media: International Perspectives, reveals that instead of focusing on female competitors' sporting skills, the media prefers to talk about their appearances and the shape of their bodies. And most of the time the media ignores the women altogether. the book says that during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, female athletes received only 5 percent of the pre-Olympic coverage internationally and 25.2 percent of the media coverage during the games. Since the female events are some of my favorites, this surprises me. What about you?

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I'm such a girly-girl when it comes to the olympics. I grew in a household that didn't allow/believe in women taking part of any sport. So for me, watching the female gymnasts and ice skaters always was so wonderful because it was girls out there doing what I always wanted to do. I would have been an excellent gymnast had my parents let me take gymnastics, I was born being able to naturally do that stuff. Gosh, sometimes I am really bitter and hate my dad!
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
I guess I'm in the minority here. I prefer watching men's sports more and not this winter stuff, the summer olympics is where it's at.
cordata cordata 6 years
I LOVE women's gymnastics. I'll occasionally watch men or women's swimming. That's it.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I don't like the Olympics, so I couldn't care less.
robinlh912 robinlh912 6 years
Don't worry Deidre, I don't watch the Olympics either. They just don't interest me at all! I'd rather watch college basketball any day!
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
The only Olympic sport I really watch is gymnastics, and I enjoy watching both male and female competitors. They don't compete in all the same events; I enjoy some of the female events more, such as floor routines, but after watching men train at my own gym as a teenager (I was a competitive cheerleader for a long time and as such did gymnastics too!) I have a TON of respect for them. They work incredibly hard and often take a lot of crap from their peers as well. I'm also SUPER PSYCHED to see competitive cheerleading in the Olympics. It'll be exhibition, not competition, in 2012 but pending the reception it receives it'll be a medal event in 2016. It will be, IIRC, a co-ed event, which I'm very excited to see - male cheerleaders, like male gymnasts, I have a lot of respect for. They also work very hard without much credit for what they do.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
The only Olympic sport I really watch is gymnastics, and I enjoy watching both male and female competitors. They don't compete in all the same events; I enjoy some of the female events more, such as floor routines, but after watching men train at my own gym as a teenager (I was a competitive cheerleader for a long time and as such did gymnastics too!) I have a TON of respect for them. They work incredibly hard and often take a lot of crap from their peers as well. I'm also SUPER PSYCHED to see competitive cheerleading in the Olympics. It'll be exhibition, not competition, in 2012 but pending the reception it receives it'll be a medal event in 2016. It will be, IIRC, a co-ed event, which I'm very excited to see - male cheerleaders, like male gymnasts, I have a lot of respect for. They also work very hard without much credit for what they do.
Deidre Deidre 6 years
I sometimes feel like I am the only person out there who really doesn't care about the Olympics. No active hate towards the coverage or the athletes; I was just never interested in any of the events, summer or winter.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
Male or female, it doesn't matter for the Olympics.
marielleaster marielleaster 6 years
While I do think it's strange that female athletes get less coverage I have to admit that I enjoy watching males athletes more. I'm a huge fan of speed skating and will tune into all the male competitions but will probably skip the female ones. Then again, that might just be because my country does better in the male competitions ;)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I like ALL the athletes, gender notwithstanding.... they're all at the top of their game and representing their countries. I just love the Olympics and get all cheesy and patriotic whenever they're on.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I enjoy watching both male and female olympians pretty much equally.
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