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20th Feb 2023

Women’s group condemns Tiger Woods after ‘misogynistic’ tampon joke

Charlie Herbert

Woods has been criticised for the joke

A women’s empowerment group has hit out at Tiger Woods for the ‘misogynistic’ and ‘tone deaf’ tampon joke he made at a PGA Tour Event.

Last week, Woods was caught discreetly slipping his playing partner Thomas a tampon after outdriving him at the Genesis Invitational, in his first tournament appearance in seven months

The Americans were walking off the ninth tee when Thomas started laughing and was seen dropping the tampon on the floor.

The suggestion seemed to be that Thomas was playing like a woman, sparking criticism from many, although the two-time major winner didn’t seem to take offence to the incident.

Karen Sugar, the CEO of the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, has now labelled the joke “misogynistic” and says it is disrespectful to girls and women everywhere.

She told TMZ that the joke implied that periods are “embarrassing or shameful or a sign of weakness.”

Sugar added that it was particularly disappointing to see Woods make a joke like this considering he has a daughter, and that it distracts from the issues surrounding mental health and periods that women face.

Speaking later that day, Woods said the joke “was supposed to be all fun and games” and apologised “if he offended anybody.”

This led to further criticism from many who saw this for the non-apology it was.

In a tweet, legendary US Olympian Michael Johnson said it was “no apology.”

Among those to criticise Woods for the joke were England women’s football team head coach Sarina Wiegman who labelled it “very inappropriate.”

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