paradigm ˈper-ə-ˌdīm noun
1. a standard or typical example
2. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
3. systematic arrangement of all the inflected forms of a word
4. the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)
The word paradigm has appeared in 167 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 2 in “Female Athletes Are Undercovered. These Olympians Want to Change That” by Kevin Draper and Talya Minsberg:
Women’s sports, through no fault of the athletes, are also inherently political and politicized, much like women’s bodies. To Manuel, who spent much of the pandemic training for the upcoming Olympics in a backyard pool, all of the complicated ways in which women must navigate through sports and the world means they are “bursting at the seams to tell these stories.”
It might also mean they have more interesting stories to tell — Manuel wants to tell stories about Black hair, mental health, minorities in swimming and perhaps cooking — than male athletes who might begin focusing on a multimillion dollar career when they are 14 and begin media training at 16.
“Being a woman, you are told you are too much or not enough of any one thing, all the time, especially in sports,” Manuel said. “It is a consciousness that isn’t even ingrained, it is a byproduct. If we are talking literal financial opportunities, you have to dimensionalize yourself because there isn’t enough respect for women athletes and their athletic performance.”
Success for TOGETHXR could look like many different things, but for the founders, it’s rooted in changing that paradigm.
“We won’t know until we are looking back on this time and ask ourselves if we were right,” Robertson said. “Did coverage grow? Did pay change? Whose stories are we centering and how often are we centering them?”
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