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  • Female Athletes and Exploitation

    4 posts, 3 voices, 2531 views, started Feb 26, 2010

    Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010

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      This was part of an answer on the Q&A but I thought it would be a good subject to discuss here.  

      I was disappointed that Vonn did the nearly-soft-porn “swimsuit” shoot. Female athletes should just be able to be proud of themselves for their athletic accomplishments without being expected to exploit themselves as sex objects. Women’s sports will never be taken as seriously as men’s sports as long as we have female athletes giving in to such exploitation. When female athletes pose nude or nearly nude, it cheapens their sports accomplishments and makes it more difficult for other women athletes and their sports to be taken seriously. Men don’t have to exploit themselves as sex objects for their sports, so women should have to either.

      What do you think?

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          Bozz wrote Mar 3, 2010
        • I totally agree Bernadette. I went on to look at the covers of Sports Illustrated magazine - if you google “Sports Illustrated covers” and take a look at the difference in the way the (few) women are portrayed compared to the men. You wouldn’t think there were any female atheletes out there, only men in action and dripping, naked models. From looking at these covers, the magazine looks like a mens magazine not a sports magazine in my opinion.

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          Bozz wrote Mar 3, 2010
        • This book looks like it might be good - it seems to be talking about how even though women have many more opportunities nowdays, we are still made to believe the most important thing is to look beautiful and sexy above all else - you hardly ever see EMPOWERING images of women who are JUST REALLY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO (eg. their career, performing, sport, friendship) and are AVERAGE or LESS THAN AVERAGE looking.

          Granted there are also high expectations for men out there, BUT in amongst them, there are plenty of positive messages for the ‘ordinary’ man. They don’t have to look amazing to be considered inspiring/successful.

          We need to start pushing and championing images of ORDINARY looking women who are HAPPY, LOVING, SUCCESSFUL, THRIVING, ACHIEVING, INTELLIGENT, CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE without having to look sexy/beautiful/photoshop enhanced while they‘re doing it.

          I can’t post a link but the book is called “Living Dolls - the Return of Sexism” by Natasha Walter

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