Nothing to be happy about
The U.S.’s female Olympians are being celebrated by some for taking a majority of all U.S. medals. It only seems natural that a developed country’s female athletes would fare better compared to the same country’s male athletes given the non-progressiveness of smaller, less developed countries. Those who tout the U.S. women’s achievements frame the discussion in terms of some sort of female dominance over men. Like there’s some sort of competition between the two. It shouldn’t have to be mentioned that the U.S. women athletes is just dominating athletes from other countries. The top 10 men’s medal leaders accounted for 61% of gold medals and 53% of all medals. The top 10 women’s medal leaders accounted for 69% of all golds and 63% of all medals. A celebration of the U.S. women’s performance vis a vis U.S. men is just a celebration of the lack of competition posed by the rest of the world. And I’d think that feminists wouldn’t find that worthy of celebration.