When women call out "casual sexism" they are often praised, although, there are still people out there who will roll their eyes and accuse such women of "nit picking" and being "touchy." There’s nothing wrong with pointing such sexism out, it needs to get done until the world becomes more feminist. Having said this, when a man picks out such "casual sexism" it feels even better because it proves there are men out there who see the value and the equality of women.
One man who is doing just this is rock star tennis player Andy Murray. This guy isn’t going for the long speeches. No, there’s none of that but with one quick comment, this man is shutting down "casual sexism" like no other.
This is what Murray did during a press conference. The tennis player had just ended his quarter-final game where he had lost to Sam Querrey and injured himself. Murray was being asked a question by a journalist when he stood to correct him.
4. ‘Male Player’
The journalist started his question by saying that Sam Querrey was the “first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009.” Murray quickly interrupted the journalist by saying “male player.” “I beg your pardon?” the journalist responded back.
“Male player,” Murray repeated. “Ah yes...Male player. That's for sure,” replied the journalist while laughing awkwardly. Murray was pointing out the fact that women had been slamming such tournaments for years.
Just to give you one figure, Serena Williams has already “won twelve Grand Slam tournaments” since 2009. People praised Murray for singling out such sexist comments. This is not even his first time pointing out such "casual sexism."
8. This Guy Knows His Stats
Last year, Murray put another reporter in place during his time in Rio. BBC commentator John Inverdale was congratulating Murray for winning two gold medals in tennis. Murray was quick to reply: “I think Venus and Serena have won about four each.”
I guess it takes a strong mother to raise a son who respects women and gives women their due. Murray is often praised on social media for shutting down "casual sexism." At one point, his mother tweeted, “That’s my boy,” proving this mother was truly proud of her son.
People on social media have nothing but good things to say about Murray. One user tweeted, “Sir Andrew Murray is NOT amused with your casual sexism! #wimbledon.”The tweet also included the amusing video of the tennis player shutting down the journalist.
Other users shared their love for Murray as being the ultimate male feminist. One user tweeted: “Say what you will about Murray but so rare is the male athlete whose brain is so automatically programmed to credit accomplishments of women.” Yeh, the guy is programmed for incredible things.
Even the goddess herself, Serena Williams had appreciation and love for Murray. The tennis player was shown a clip of Murray during his press conference. Williams had nothing but good things to say about him.
Her response couldn’t have been more perfect. “I don’t think there is a woman player, and there really shouldn’t be a female athlete, that is not totally supportive of Andy Murray. He has spoken up for women issues, and women’s rights, especially in tennis for forever.”
“He does it again, and it’s who he is, and it’s one thing that we love about him. He has such a wonderful mother, who has been such a strong figure in his life and he’s done so much for us on his tour. We love Andy Murray.”
Let’s hope more men emulate Murray and give women their due. More than that, let’s be like Murray’s mother and choose to raise boys who know how to respect and value women. Only in showing boys how strong and capable we are can they learn to appreciate the true value of a woman.