She’s a girl, so that makes it okay… yeah?

In society today, it is no secret that celebrities get a special treatment when it comes to breaking the law, especially when those celebrities are also professional athletes. And of course, leave it to the media to find a way to bring sexism into the mix.

In the world of sports, athletes such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson are no strangers to legal charges, as both of them have been charged with some form of domestic abuse. Both of these athletes have endured copious amounts of consequences to their actions, including publicizing their negative reputation. As a result of all the media attention, Rice and Peterson have also been suspended indefinitely. However, my question is, would they have received as much punishment if they were women committing the same crime?

Within the last year, Hope Solo, goalie for the U.S women’s soccer team, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault as a result of an altercation between her and two of her family members. Although I am a huge fan of Solo and the women’s soccer team, I do not think enough action or publicity was taken in relation to this situation. In an ESPN article, Solo Domestic Abuse Charges Dropped, the news announced that the judge assigned to the case has dropped the charges due to lack of interviews from the victims.  The article also stated that Solo did not appear in court because she was attending a training camp with the permission of the judge, which in my opinion, does not seem fair at all. Other male athletes received so much publicity for their domestic abuse cases and were removed from playing while charges were pending, but that was never the case for Solo. Furthermore, ESPN unnecessarily made a point to mention that Solo has won two olympic gold medals with the soccer team, because that is really going to help her get rid of the charges.

The fact of the matter is, the double standard that the media portrays toward this issue is not acceptable. Domestic violence is still a serious crime no matter what sex you are. The fact that Solo’s case received little publicity and was passed off as unimportant is truly appalling. It is honestly sad that the media has not realized this yet.

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5 thoughts on “She’s a girl, so that makes it okay… yeah?

  1. The double standards between sexes are so abundant and most of them are in favor of men but I have also noticed that when it comes to violent crimes, when it is committed by a woman it is looked at in a whole different light than if a man does it. Maybe it’s because women are seen as less dangerous, most women would never be seen as potentially deadly or extremely harmful, who knows? You made a lot of interesting points, though. I agree with your stance on the issue.

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  2. First of all, this is my favorite post I have read so far. Secondly, I had no idea that Hope Solo even did this. You made a really good point in using Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson as examples. Their trials were constantly on the news and this is the first I am hearing of this incident. I really enjoyed this post.

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  3. Most people don’t realize that sexism goes both ways and that men can be put at a disadvantage just as much as women can and this is a prime example. It’s also sad that just because you compete in a sport and win tournaments in the Olympics you get a free pass with the law because of your specialty. –You did a good job of summarizing a situation that I had no idea about.

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  4. Sexism in the law is a concept that is just very off at points, and bring into someone with fame to their name and the justice system suddenly puts celebrity status over law. I had no idea of Hope Solo’s incident, but I feel that the law should not be any more lenient with her, especially when it seems her status became the lead figure.

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  5. I would to start off and say this is a great post. I agree the double standards between sexes is something to look into and your post supports your argument. I think it was a couple of months ago when I read about Hope Solo’s domestic violence charges when it popped up on phone notifications from the ESPN app. I also remember never seeing Solo being blown up on ESPN. However, you mentioned Peterson and Rice, which is all I saw on ESPN for the two or three months that they aired their cases.

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