This is Celebrate Serena Williams Week as far as I am concerned. Yes, she's obvious the greatest current women's tennis player and perhaps the best ever.
And she's gracious (usually) about the varieties of bilious racism that have been thrown at her (and her sister) throughout a long career. Tennis always seemed a sport for the heights of the hoity-toity; I remember when tournaments required all participants, women and men, to wear all white. How about that?
A black woman crashing that party has to fend off all sorts of crap. And since the scandalized spectators can't directly say a black woman has no business in their sport because she's the wrong color, they attack her body. Serena is guilty of having muscles!
So we get articles with titles like "Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image With Ambition." She is contrasted to women who are proper "girls."
I hope the gorgeous Serena kicks a lot of little blond woman-butt this week at the U.S. Open.
Zeba Blay points out that the crap Serena gets is also thrown at most all black women: