Recently, Serena Williams was named Woman of the Year, by GQ. But, many people were giving the magazine a serious side-eye, because ‘woman’ was placed in quotation marks. Considering men who were named ‘Man of the Year,’ Michael B. Jordan, Jonah Hill and Henry Golding, had no quotations in their title, I certainly understand why people have an issue.
We all know that many wypipo and those who are deeply rooted in misogyny have always stated that the Grand Slam winner appeared to be masculine. Some have even said she should only compete in men sports. So, the idea that Woman of the Year was capitalized because her gender has always been questioned isn’t far-fetched.
Serena stated on a Reddit post:
“I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that I use drugs(No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).”
When Twitter users called out the mag, a contributor wrote:
Because it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, who has styled everything in quotation marks as of late (see Serena’s US Open apparel that he designed)
— Mick Rouse (@mickrouse) November 12, 2018
Even though he designed the now banned jumpsuit, Virgil still missed the mark on this one. This just goes to show off even allies can be tone deaf.