For instance, the New York Times recently ran a profile of Beard, one especially noteworthy because in it she reveals a past struggle with self-injury (i.e., deliberately cutting herself). It’s good Beard draws attention to what is a serious, often shrouded problem, though likely better without so much attendant pop psychology–self-injury is rather more complicated and physiological than that.
And something else caught my attention, this time more by accident. Looking as I often do at the news ticker to the left, I saw a headline titled “The 20 Skankiest Women in Sports.” More fine Internet “journalism,” no doubt, but intriguing enough that I took the bait. I found nothing that was terribly surprising-mostly women who date or have dated one or more male athletes-that is, until I got to the list’s headliner: Amanda Beard. And why is Beard there? Because she posed in Playboy, awful crime that it is, and for the “wrong” reason.
More evidence that female athletes, like most women really, seldom get a break. Always there is someone-be it prude or misogynist-waiting to pass harsh judgment.