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Sexist Internet Trolls Tell This 16-Year-Old Explorer To “Go Make A Sandwich”, And Her Comeback Is Epic
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Sexist Internet Trolls Tell This 16-Year-Old Explorer To “Go Make A Sandwich”, And Her Comeback Is Epic

16-year-old Australian skier Jade Hameister is the coolest teen. After a grueling 37-day trip through the Antarctic, she became the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick, which includes traversing the North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland ice sheet. Not only that, she schooled her trolls in a way they will never forget.

A couple of years ago, Hameister gave a TEDx talk, explaining her journey towards the Polar Hat Trick and encouraging other young women to follow their dreams. And even though she had already skied to the North Pole at the time, her accomplishments didn’t stop trolls from bombarding her with sexist remarks. One of the most popular ones was “make me a sandwich.” And on January 13th this year, after her biggest life goal yet, Hameister did just that.

After the talk, Jade skied unassisted across the Greenland icecap in 2017, completing the second part of her hat trick. To reach the South Pole, she pulled a 220-pound sled for 373 miles across Antarctica.

There, she took a photo at the Ceremonial South Pole while holding a plate. “I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese),” Jade addressed the trolls. “Now ski <…> to the South Pole and you can eat it.”

“These past couple of years have been filled with crazy new experiences,” the explorer wrote. “Experiences that have transformed me and my soul. New pins on my map, new smells, new tastes, new friends, new cultures and a new mindset. I’ve pushed myself past what I once thought were my boundaries and challenged what other people once thought was possible for young women in particular.”

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16-year-old Australian skier Jade Hameister became the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick

After her TEDx talk 2 years ago, she received some very nasty comments from men, telling her to “go make a sandwich”

To put them to their place, she came up with the perfect revenge plan:

“Now ski <…> to the South Pole and you can eat it”

Congratulations on being such an awesome human, Jade!

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lunagoth
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4 years ago

My comment might sound sexist as well but I can't helo asking it. Why is the internet full of men who write sexist comments? Being female online, sometimes I'm not comfortable admitting that I'm a girl,, because once the internet knows I am, suddenly anything I said would be irrelevant. Then comes such comments as' you're a girl what do you know?' 'you're just jealous of her'

Tiny Dynamine
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4 years ago

It's not sexist of you. The answer to your question is the same for any bullies: It's their insecurity that they try to mask by abusing others who won't be able to fight back (e.g. by never meeting them). If someone was justifiably self-confident, they wouldn't need to be so pathetic.

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Hari Onago
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4 years ago

I love TED talks but the horde of misogynistic comments that appear each time a woman is giving a talk kinda ruins the experience for me. TED is all about "ideas worth spreading". Thus, it seems like unlikely place to gather so many angry, retrograde trolls. Kudos to this girl though, she is awesome.

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
4 years ago

It was a difficult habit to break but I made myself stop reading the comments on such talks. But it also inspired me to commit to never making negative comments anywhere online. No matter how stupid or bigoted someone is I refuse to respond. I may correct obvious mistakes or misinformation but I do so politely. I only comment when I have something positive to add to the conversation.

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A S Koziol
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4 years ago

Thank goodness you didn't bother yourself with the thoughts of small minds and went right ahead, proving them wrong. :) Bonus points on enjoying a laugh at then end.

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lunagoth
Community Member
4 years ago

My comment might sound sexist as well but I can't helo asking it. Why is the internet full of men who write sexist comments? Being female online, sometimes I'm not comfortable admitting that I'm a girl,, because once the internet knows I am, suddenly anything I said would be irrelevant. Then comes such comments as' you're a girl what do you know?' 'you're just jealous of her'

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

It's not sexist of you. The answer to your question is the same for any bullies: It's their insecurity that they try to mask by abusing others who won't be able to fight back (e.g. by never meeting them). If someone was justifiably self-confident, they wouldn't need to be so pathetic.

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Hari Onago
Community Member
4 years ago

I love TED talks but the horde of misogynistic comments that appear each time a woman is giving a talk kinda ruins the experience for me. TED is all about "ideas worth spreading". Thus, it seems like unlikely place to gather so many angry, retrograde trolls. Kudos to this girl though, she is awesome.

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
4 years ago

It was a difficult habit to break but I made myself stop reading the comments on such talks. But it also inspired me to commit to never making negative comments anywhere online. No matter how stupid or bigoted someone is I refuse to respond. I may correct obvious mistakes or misinformation but I do so politely. I only comment when I have something positive to add to the conversation.

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A S Koziol
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank goodness you didn't bother yourself with the thoughts of small minds and went right ahead, proving them wrong. :) Bonus points on enjoying a laugh at then end.

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