I’ve stayed relatively quite and have shaken my head in disgust at the way the World Triathlon Corporation and their CEO, Andrew Messick, have handled the call for gender equality within their races, especially with the movement “50 Women to Kona”. I read a blog post that Sara Gross wrote the other week that got my attention.
Two things stood out the most:
“Equality is our right as human beings. I know this issue is VERY small by comparison to other situations of inequality that exist in our world. It is very small indeed. But its still worth fighting for.”
“I have been disappointed by the silence of many…”
It’s not just with triathlon. We, as women, are still dealing with many different types of discriminations.
Doctors still think that our athletic performance will suffer if we have our menstrual cycle during competition. Some doctors and athletic associations are still injecting hormones into female athletes to stop their cycle during competition. For example: here here here.
Middle-aged male politicians, like Todd Akin, are telling us that if we become pregnant after a rape it’s because our bodies wanted to. That it is now a legitimate rape.
Equal pay in the work force is something that still evades us.
Feminism has become a 4-letter word with a large negative connotation attached to it.
Now, here we are, months later and the WTC is still fighting against women, not for women. They have put together their “Women for Tri” board, which is the antithesis of the name. WTC puppets with their own personal agenda and hurting the movement for equality run the board. Men are publicly saying the women don’t even deserve the same prize purse because that’s how it is in a lot of other sports. >facepalm<. That if we want equal spots (and here’s a brilliant, logical and relative argument) Then it must be with everything, like not letting men pay for our dinner when they ask us out to dinner. Like I said, brilliant.
WTC puppets with their own personal agenda and hurting the movement for equality run the board.
I’ve always considered myself more of a cyclist and runner, an athlete, not a “triathlete”. The WTC and Andrew Mesick have stuck their heels in the ground to have a giant fight against equality for women in sport. It has turned me off from doing any WTC races in the future and at this point; it is turning me completely away from triathlon. Where does Challenge Family stand on this? Where do all the local race organizations stand on this? Why are they quiet? I know it is not their race, but it should be their fight.
Equality is our right as human beings.
Yes, getting 50 women to Kona is a small issue in comparison to some of the other ones that we deal with on a daily basis outside of sports. However, how do we cherry pick which circumstances warrant equality? I believe that all circumstances of inequality deserve to be fought for equally. No matter if I’m competing in triathlons or not, this is a fight for equality and one I’m not walking away from.