At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that John McEnroe, Tennis’ infamous bad boy, probably just wanted to say something inflammatory to get attention, but he completely and utterly crossed the line in his comments to reporters. Not only does he speak with derision of female athletes, he condescendingly remarks upon the state of the female athlete today as if they are children in need of his advice.
Even though McEnroe undoubtedly speaks for himself, I think his words speak volumes of the way female athletes are perceived in a larger context throughout our society. Said McEnroe:
They shouldn’t be playing as many events as the me. The women have it better in tennis than in any other sport, thanks to Billie Jean King. But you shouldn’t push them to play more than they’re capable of.
Let us just forget for a moment that McEnroe is the speaker. There is general prejudice in those words that propagate common myths about women,