Ronda Rousey is good at a lot of things. She is the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, she is the #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, she was the youngest Judo competitor in the Olympic Games of 2004, she was the first American to win a medal in women’s Olympic Judo since it became an Olympic sport, and she’s begun acting in big films. But at a New York City event recently, one fan decided that instead of asking Rousey about her skills, training, athleticism, healthy habits or career plans for the future, he would ask about how often she has sex before matches. You know — relevant stuff. Rousey was displeased, as shown in this video caught by MMA blogger Eric Holden:
We presume his mother would have been disappointed, and that he felt a bit embarrassed by it. Also, not that I advocate for violence, but seriously, I would find it ill-advised to mess with her:
Now, 99% of the time, I would be arguing about how obnoxious I found this guy. And, to be fair, he is certainly obnoxious. But did Rousey open herself up to this line of questioning when she agreed to discuss sex in her appearance on Conan?
After being asked about her sex life, Rousey explained her habits and opinions a bit, which some commenters on YouTube have cited as why she shouldn’t have gotten upset with the fan for asking about her sex life.
Even so, I can’t help but take issue with the fact that Conan felt it necessary to request this information as it was. Honestly, a lot of coverage surrounding female athletes is sexual — because utilizing your body and sweating is inherently and deliberately sexy when you have boobs! — and it is surely exhausting. It’s not like Rousey could have yelled at Conan at walked off the stage; that would’ve been a killer for her career, and something even the most seasoned performers find to be an uncomfortable situation.
If you need an example of this frustrating stereotype, just look at the first sentence of Fox News’ coverage: “Ronda Rousey is a sex symbol.”
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