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We’re Proud. We’re San Antonio Women. #ProudSAWoman

It’s simple. Body shaming is not okay. Ever. In any city. I could not believe my ears when I was waiting for my beloved San Antonio Spurs to play Portland in the NBA Playoffs. Right before the game our tv was tuned to TNT and I heard Charles Barkley was at it again. He had some offensive remarks about the women of SA – he was body shaming. Oh Chuck, smh! You can listen here.

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My anger isn’t so much that it was directed at San Antonio but it was directed at women. His remarks were ignorant and unnecessary.  When LA Clippers former owner Donald Sterling was caught saying racist remarks, Charles Barkley was among those demanding repercussions for his words.

‘You can’t have this guy making statements like that. You have to suspend him and fine him immediately.’ Barkley went on to say that someone in a position of authority in the NBA, such as a team owner, cannot be allowed to make racist statements.” via LA Times

No room for racism but plenty of room for body shaming women? There’s room for neither! This wasn’t ‘just for fun’. This is shaming. Chuck and his buddies are reporting for the NBA on TNT.  People are tuning in and listening. Someone behind a sports desk on TNT cannot be allowed to make body shaming statements. Body shaming women is not okay. Period.

For the record, San Antonio is full of beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. We support one another, too. Instead of harping on the ignorance of Barkley and the rest of the TNT Sports Desk (who instigated and laughed at his words) we will celebrate who we are. We have already hosted events like TEDxSanAntonio Redefining Beauty where we spent a day to combat the negative images of women in the media. It was a day where we empowered one another and defined and celebrated our own unique beauty. Read about the event from this article in the Rivard Report.

So, you know what?! WE are at it again. Along with my fellow proud SA women and bloggers, Tori Johnson and Michelle Cantu, we are calling on our San Antonio female community to raise your voice! Show everyone that we are more than a number on a scale! Show that you are a #PROUDSAWOMAN!

If you would like to join in we encourage you to post your photo across social media with the hashtag #ProudSAWoman.

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7 Comments

  1. May 8, 2014    

    Amen, we do support one another! San Antonio is filled with amazing woman!

    • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales Melanie Mendez-Gonzales
      May 8, 2014    

      Yes! Glad to be sharing #ProudSAWoman with you, amiga!

  2. Margo Margo
    May 8, 2014    

    I would also like to mention this is not the first time he has done this. He has done this A LOT!

    Search Charles Barkley history with San Antonio and you will find clips of this sorta thing dating back to ’09!

    Stay proud and strong ladies!

    • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales Melanie Mendez-Gonzales
      May 8, 2014    

      Thanks, Margo! Enough is enough.

  3. May 8, 2014    

    TO me he also made a racist remark when he said if he came to san antonio all he would get was churros, he needs to apologize to the hispanics here, would I be called a racist if i said if i went to alabama all i’m going to get is chicken and watermelon. we have all kinds of diverse cultures in san antonio so there’s all kinds of foods/desserts.HE and his ex-wife are not small people so what is he talking about,

  4. Jeanene Jeanene
    May 9, 2014    

    I love this! Yesterday I had my own Facebook rant about Charles and crew. Is anyone aware of an advertising firm that wants to step up and print something awesome to get TNT’s attention? I think the AT&T Center should be FILLED on the 14th with posters.

    As San Antonio women respond to this craziness, I hope that everyone will remember that responding with “selfies” may help us feel vindicated, but it doesn’t address the situation. Let’s take this a step further… and remove this from the focus on HOW WOMEN LOOK rather than on WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE DO. Shout out your GIFTEDNESS, TALENT, BRAINPOWER, etc…

    #ProudSAWoman

    • Raider Bong Raider Bong
      January 13, 2015    

      to be fair, sir charles didnt say anything about SA women not being proud, or unattractive, or anything else. all he said is that SA women, on average, have more heft than than those nationally. furthermore, there is an overwhelming percentage of the SA population that are obese. forbes magazine ranked SA as the 3rd most obese city in the US (link provided)

      (http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/14/health-obesity-cities-forbeslife-cx_rr_1114obese_slide_4.html)

      so again, to be completely fair, barkley is not wrong in his statement that SA women tend to be heftier than average. if people take this as an insult, then so be it. charles didnt say anything about SA women being unattractive or less superior than women of other cities, he was just stating facts.

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