Marion Bartoli, Miss Cougar, and Girls Gone Wild

This month’s edition of sexism in sports is brought to you by Insider Louisville, the BBC, Hollywood Park, and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Back in April, Insider Louisville published what was meant, according to the author, to be a paean to the female turf writer, an admiring salute to the women on the Churchill Downs backstretch who pounded the pavement to get the story in the days before the Kentucky Derby.

The song of praise hit a sour note, though, with such phrases to describe the turf-writing professionals as “the estrogen posse” and “girls gone wild,” in a few keystrokes reducing them to no more than their hormones and comparing them to intoxicated females who bared their breasts to a predatory manipulator. Professional accomplishments the equivalent of pornography? How many people read that sentence and thought it a wise editorial choice to publish it?

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