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

8 May

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.

Melanie Mendez Gonzales

Original content creator for Que Means What. Latina mom blogger in Texas sharing experiences about parenting, about her cultural 'identity crisis' as a Texicana: Mexican decent born in Texas, never lived in Mexico. Melanie also supports small business owners through social media management.

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7 Responses to “We’re Proud. We’re San Antonio Women. #ProudSAWoman”

  1. Michelle Cantu May 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM #

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

    • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales May 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

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

  2. Margo May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM #

    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 May 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

      Thanks, Margo! Enough is enough.

  3. nora May 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM #

    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 May 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM #

    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

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