Danica Again

Danica is at it again. In the most recent controversy, she went off on another female driver, Milka Duno, for blocking her on the track. Now, it’s a cat fight. I’ve posted about Danica and sexism before. She’s fascinating because she’s a female figure in a male-dominated sphere. What’s most interesting to me about this story is the 344 comments. Most of them are amazingly sexist. Some of them go as far as to compare Milka Duno (who is sexier because she fits male standards of beauty better) to Danica (who is too tomboyish, i.e., flat-chested, etc.). The first comment captures the sentiments of most of the following comments:

Face it Patrick, you aren’t that good and stop your whining after every race. You might be better in bed than on the track, but I doubt it. Stay home and bake cookies.

It’s depressing.

Here are some interesting links about Danica:

1. Feministing.com — talks about Danica’s win in Japan and the rule that handicaps her.
2. Danica Patrick Feminism — a weird article that talks about the “petite beauty’s” stature as intimidating and compares her to Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
3. The Danica Dynamic — talks about the mixed message she sends about feminism.

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  1 comment for “Danica Again

  1. Anonymous
    July 23, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Sexism in NASCAR? Surely not.

    ~S

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