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Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, is as skilled a Twitter user as she is a fantasy-book series author. Once again, she cut an idiot Twitter user at his birdy-like knees, this time in defense of the Grand Slam-winningest tennis player in history, Serena Williams.
After Rowling tweeted, "#SerenaSlam! I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!" some guy named Rob tweeted, "ironic then that main reason for her success is that she is built like a man."
Rob must not get out much. Or maybe he's never seen a female athlete or, you know, the female form outside his secret stash of Victoria's Secret catalogs. In any case, his "she must be a guy" tweet didn't sit well with Rowling (or any of us, really).
Below the tweet is a a front-and-back image of Williams in a bodycon red dress, looking more female than anything Rob has apparently ever seen.
Discussion of Williams' body is again overshadowing her skills and accomplishments as a tennis pro, kicked off by a New York Times piece putatively on balancing body image and ambition (which only women have to do and often because of articles like this). The Times public editor said the piece didn't challenge the underlying sexism and racism in discussion.
"Most of all, it's unfortunate that this piece didn't find a way to challenge the views expressed instead of simply mirroring them.
Including the perspectives of those who could have unpacked the underlying issues, while also considering the article's timing and staying away from reductive social-media techniques—all of this could have made for a more productive conversation. And that conversation is still worth having."