NBA legend-turned-social commentator says in a new column for TIME that America needs to rethink the idea of feminine beauty. The impetus for his position is the recent body shaming Serena Williams was subjected to while she was winning her sixth career Wimbledon title. Being subjected to racist, hate-filled remarks on the Internet is nothing new for Williams, but Abdul-Jabbar contends the body shaming has little to do with race and more to do with the “misogynist idea” that women athletes must conform to a certain female beauty standard, which is often deemed more important that the actual athletics for which the athletes are known. Abdul-Jabbar presents an interesting argument and manages to weave in quotes from literary greats Toni Morrison and Walt Whitman to make his point.
Read the full story at TIME.