This weekend, another media outlet got in trouble for framing a woman’s accomplishments in relation to those of the man she married.
American Corey Cogdell-Unrein won the bronze medal in women’s trap shooting at the Rio Olympics yesterday. She happens to be married to Chicago Bears lineman Mitch Unrein. So when the Chicago Tribune reported on her achievement, this was the headline they chose:
The paper took a similar approach when sharing the article on Twitter:
The story itself also framed Cogdell-Unrein’s accomplishment through the lens of her husband’s athletic prowess—it revealed that Unrein wasn’t in Rio to see his wife compete because he was in training camp preparing for a preseason game on Thursday. It further reported that the couple tries to hunt together as often as possible, which during the football season means bye weeks. Cogdell, however, admits that his wife is a better shot than he is. You don’t say?
Many people enraged by the article’s casual sexism took to Twitter, posting sarcastic responses and proposing alternate headlines:
While the Tribune sent a second tweet identifying Cogdell-Unrein as an Olympic medalist first and a Bears wife second, the initial tweet still hasn’t been deleted and so the criticism has continued.
The Tribune did not reply to an Observer request for comment.