KARACHI: The controversy surrounding tennis star Serena Williams has once again shown how differently the world reacts to behaviour of a woman to that of a man. Williams got a point penalty after she had thrashed her racket on the ground to show her frustration during the game. On confronting the umpire for penalising her, she called him ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’, because of which she got a game penalty that probably cost her US Open win.
It is pertinent to note that male tennis players have said worse things to umpires or shown their frustration on court in different ways during a match, but never have they been penalised for it. But for Williams — or other women like her — it is not okay to show anger on court.
When a man does the same, many often say ‘look how passionate he is’ but when a woman does the same, she is called ‘hysterical’ or ‘angry’, and in Williams case
Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2018.