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A Slap in the Face to Women Athletes

May 02, 1987

I am no radical feminist, but the women's movement has raised my consciousness to a certain degree. Such consciousness was hit smack between the eyes today by Jim Murray's column on Mary Decker Slaney (April 21).

Murray made some valid points, but he was way off base when he commented: "In a sport practiced by a lot of women who look as if they should be running tugboats, Mary looks as if she just stepped off the runway at Givenchy's."

Such irresponsible reporting is a slap in the face to woman athletes, and Murray should be censured for such commentary. Sexism tends not to inflame like racism, but it is very demeaning and should not be tolerated by your newspaper.

D. JANE DODS

North Hollywood

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