DC shakeup. No, not that DC. I refer here to DC Comics, which now has a new name-DC Entertainment-and a new president. This overhaul by parent company Warner Bros. bodes well for a forthcoming Wonder Woman film. Another sign that things are looking up for the Amazon: she now has her own forum at Comic Book Resources.
The ugly paradox. Caster Semenya’s story, though regrettable, has at least given rise to worthwhile, occasionally enlightened, media commentary. Among the best I’ve seen is “Women in sports: The ugly paradox,” a piece that throws into relief what is the nub of the story, and the bane of all female athletes: “They say the Semenya case shows that an old, ugly paradox is alive and well in women’s sport: The same giant quadriceps and bulky shoulders that can clinch championships make athletes look ‘unfeminine’ in the eyes of the world. And that can be a difficult reality for many women.”
Nasty as it was, Serena’s tantrum at the US Open isn’t as troubling as what she says about her arms in an interview for People: “I think they’re too muscular. They’re too thick,” tennis champion Serena Williams said of her ripped arms in an Aug. 27 interview with People Magazine. “I know that toned arms are in now. Look at Michelle Obama. … I’m like, ‘keep wearing strapless dresses!’ But I don’t like mine.”
Serena’s is merely a representative case. The problem is in fact societal. That Serena sees her muscular physique as something better shunned isn’t unusual. But when one of the world’s most accomplished female athletes, ever, says as much in public, the fallacy is perpetuated-given life anew to burden the next generation of female athletes.
Sad it is to think that Serena apparently cannot reconcile her muscles with the women’s fineries she sells on HSN; the same muscles, to continue the paradox theme, that helped make her a famous athlete, famous enough to have her own line of merchandise to peddle on a shopping network.