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Serena Williams WIP

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all hail the Queen Serena Williams
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haimleb's avatar

This is soo stunningly beautiful. It perfectly captures the movement kinetic energy of the sport while spotlighting her beauty.

ThePsych0naut's avatar

Isn't she that chick that smashed her rack in a huge temper tantrum?

You mean to tell me an athlete the most gentle of souls was angry?! Unbelievable... we should excommunicate her. Get your torches and pitchforks! Also, you haven't watched many sports have you specifically soccer?

ThePsych0naut's avatar

It's kind of unorthodox to smash your tennis racket in, well, tennis. Different sports have different codes of behavior. Imagine a fist fight breaking out on a badminton court versus a hockey rink, see what I'm saying?

Dude....

https://youtu.be/ndYyK56LceQ


This seems kind of sexist and a tad bit racist which is just sad and frustrating considering what this painting is supposed to be representing as a BHM commemorative art.

ThePsych0naut's avatar

A)A single video doesn't prove it's commonplace in Tennis. Besides the fact that she, at the same time, called the referee racist because he didn't give her the verdict she wanted.

B)"Seems" doesn't mean anything. That's your opinion and I'll thank you to keep it to yourself if you're going to resort to buzz words. I resent your mischaracterization and would invite you to approach a contrary mind with actual arguments as opposed to baseless and inflammatory verbiage.

" considering what this painting is supposed to be representing as a BHM commemorative art"

So women of color can do anything except be criticized for being horribly childish? There are better black female athletes to commemorate, that was my original point.

Uhh first of all it’s not racist or sexist, all he said was that this was the lady that smashed a tennis racket, which she did.

Why is that important? What does that add to the conversation other than negativity? This clearly is supposed to acknowledge her accomplishments not critique every action or mistake she might have made in the past. It is misogynistic to try to undercut someone like this and is textbook gaslighting. Racist maybe not, I will concede, but it is very tone def to say the least.

ThePsych0naut's avatar

"It is misogynistic"

Actually, no. Treating women collectively, however, that is misogyny; women are not The Borg, a mild critique on one is not an attack on all womankind. Flip the script for a beat: if I criticized a male athlete for doing the same thing, which has been done for as long as sportsballs have been chased, would that be an attack on men? lol

"and is textbook gaslighting"

Then I'd advise you get a better textbook.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gaslighting

"Gaslighting is an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity. Over time, a gaslighter’s manipulations can grow more complex and potent, making it increasingly difficult for the victim to see the truth."

I would advise you, in the future, to not use such language unless you actually know what you're saying. Respectfully, to do otherwise is diluting the word when it's used by actual victims of a concerted and vicious form of psychological abuse.

artofAJA's avatar

Yes, it certainly is a fine portrait!

Can we use your art on our site africasacountry.com for a long essay in honor of Serena Williams? Let me know. I can supply reader statistics on request. We are also on Twitter: twitter.com/africasacountry&nb…;

Please respond via email at ideas@africasacountry.com (Regards, Sean Jacobs, Editor, Africa is a Country).
illEskoBar's avatar
absolutely!!!!! i have no problem with that at all
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