Soccer player Kealia Ohai got a dose of reality about how the world sees women athletes when she saw a headline about her recent trade to the Chicago Red Stars by the Houston Dash.

Spoiler alert: the world often doesn’t seem to see women athletes at all.

The big news apparently, and according to this news outlet, wasn’t who was traded and why. It was that the player traded was actually NFL’s J.J. Watt’s fiancée.

Watt spoke out immediately.

This headline is trash. Kealia Ohai (which is her name by the way, since you didn’t even bother to mention it) is incredible entirely on her own merit and deserves to be treated as such. Be better than this.

So, why was Ohai treated like Watt’s possession rather than an individual with many of her own accomplishments?

Other Twitter users chimed in.

Many with pithy comments.


But, mostly readers and fans were just frustrated that in these times, an accomplished, professional female athlete is referred to as someone’s fiancée.

Was the headline about keywords? Search engine optimized to death? Or, is sexism so normalized that it often doesn’t raise any red flags with even media professionals?


The station did acknowledge their headline fail.

We’re just happy to see Watt standing by his partner and future wife, professional athlete Kealia Ohai, and calling out ABC13 Houston’s sexism.

He’s right. They can do better.

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