Think “surfer girl”. What’s the first image that comes to mind? A hundred bucks says that it’s a bronzed beauty with sun-kissed hair in a bikini. Maybe she’s charging hard in the Ments or maybe she is just doing typical “surfer girl pose”, you know–holding her board on the beach being sexy and all. Whatever she was doing, she no doubt looked pretty similar to the thousands of bikini babes that come up when you type “surfer girl” into Google images.
The images you don’t see are the pioneering Polynesian women surfers, or big waves surfers like Maya Gabeira in their wetsuits and puffy lifevests, or Middle-Eastern women in head-to-toe religion-appropriate attire breaking down all gender stereotypes in their countries. Or pretty much any other woman that doesn’t fit the surfer girl stereotype. Which, in case you didn’t realize, is about 99% of all women.