In this article, journalist Katie Rogers discusses the misogynistic coverage of the female athletes in this year’s Olympic Games. The media’s portrayal of women has been a hot topic for a while now, but when the Chicago Tribune referred to trap shooting bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell-Unrein as “wife of a Bears lineman,” readers responded in outrage. There were also several other occasions where female gold medalists were reported in smaller text or were not covered at all.
The article also cites multiple recently conducted research projects focused on different ways people talk about female and male Olympians and how word choice influence gender attitudes toward athletes. Researcher Marie Hardin makes it clear that although female coverage during the Games was mixed, “we need to take a hard look at how we do with coverage of female athletes between the Games. That’s the much bigger issue. And I would argue that there is plenty of sexism there.”