[Content Note: Racism; misogyny.]
Frank Deford for NPR: Serena Williams Takes Tennis for a Ride.
Jessica (scatx) sent this to me because she hates me. I MEAN LOVES ME! There is seriously so much wrong with it—EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING IS WRONG WITH IT!—that I won't even try to deconstruct it all. I'll leave that to you in comments.
I will only say this: What I hate most about the piece is how Deford literally doesn't care a whit what Serena Williams means to millions and millions of girls and women. The adoration of millions and millions of girls and women is nothing compared to his singular contempt.
The expansive lack of mattering is simultaneously misogyny's greatest tool and most terrible consequence.
[Previous Deford: On the Olympics; On Ben Roethlisberger.]