Serena Still Reduced to the Sum of Her Parts

With her titles and talent, why can't people stop talking about -- or making fun of -- her physical assets?

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Yes, it's frustrating. Frustrating that even in jest, caricatures are caricatures. The big-chested, big-bottomed black woman is an easy punch line that still hurts. It's still not OK. Despite her grand slam titles, her gold medals and Wimbledon wins, the sum of Serena Williams can still be reduced to her parts. And people will laugh without a clue (or care) that the joke isn't just tired --  it's offensive, it's dangerous and it needs to stop.

"It's an image that we have seen before," explained Whoopi Goldberg on The View Tuesday during a discussion about Wozniacki's impression.

Not only have we, as black women, seen it, but we've tried to sink it. The meme that our bodies are our only means of distinction gets swatted down every day by women who recognize the figurative and literal catcalls. Williams herself is one of them. If only the women like Wozniacki could get that. But we can't hold our breaths -- or the accomplishments.

"You can make as much fun as you want to," Goldberg said. "She's still gonna beat your ass."

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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