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Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

Posted on: February 22, 2008 4:36 am
 

Please allow me to step up on my feminist soapbox for a few moments and let me bend your ear a bit.  In the past few days, I've had a lot of fun with the recently released edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, beefcake avatars and the general demanding of equal opportunity for women.  I had a blast doing it, I'll admit it.   Perhaps this has shocked some and amused others.  In the end, it was all about fun.  A not-so subtle chiding of the various antics that we find here on the Sportsline threads.

There seems to be some controversy any time a female athlete appears in swimsuits or other “glamour” shots for publication.  More so with athletes like Danica Patrick, who compete in a seemingly “man’s world”.  While models shoot to stardom with appearances in SI, athletes (unless they’re male) seem to get lambasted for exposing their sensuality.  This somehow, confounds me, as does the idea that for a female to be good in sports or to be able to compete with men, she must portray masculine traits.

Personally, I applaud Patrick for her appearance in SI, as I do with her promoting her femininity in various other markets.  Going beyond the “sex sells” in advertising, Patrick, along with other female athletes are pushing to break the various stereotypes, to include the one that if she’s an athlete (outside of  figure skating and gymnastics), she must be butch to be able to compete. 

Perhaps the feminist in me should rant against the pictures and publications that would seemingly depict women as sexual objects.  I, unfortunately, cannot.  Perhaps, it’s because, I, like the feminist movement, have evolved, as I came of age, as I grew older.  Perhaps it is because I like looking at good beefcake myself and would be hypocritical should I say otherwise.  Perhaps it is because my own self-image is not based on cheesecake pictures, thus they’re not a threat to me.  Perhaps its’ understanding that feminism is more about being provided the opportunity to have and make those choices. 

To be continued…..

Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 3:32 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

As far as the women's movement, the feminists of today act more as a watchdog to ensure that what's been gained in the last 100 years isn't taken away. 



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 3:17 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

 It probably is not fair that they are judged like that, but I honestly do not see a big difference in this arena between men and women, there are just moreoutlets for women to "pose" in.

The issue is that those in the media and in private life have no problem with men posing in their underwear or bare chested etc regardless of how well they perform on the field, however, a female athlete  pose in a swimsuit or in nothing at all and they make a big issue about it.  There should be no difference, yet for some reason there is.  Not sure why that is.

 




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 2:53 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

I, for one never understood the feminst movement.  It had its place and purpose for awhile, but I mostly think it is a joke nowadays.  Do women make a little less than most men? Yes, and for good reasons:  it is a fact that women tend to gravitate towards jobs like nursing and teaching, nurturing jobs that pay less.  In jobs where men and women do the same thing studies have shown no significant difference at all.  Anyway, that's another arguement. 

If a woman wants to pose in a bathing suit, an evening gown,  or nothing at all, it is her choice.  She is doing what she can to market herself and be succesful.  Male athletes do the same.  Is there a double standard, yes, but the bottom line is if you are succesful (Sharapova), people will accept you more and tolerate of the field issues more so than if you never win (Anna K.).  It probably is not fair that they are judged like that, but I honestly do not see a big difference in this arena between men and women, there are just moreoutlets for women to "pose" in.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:41 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

I think I'm starting to give out wwwwaaaayyyyyy too much information about myself



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:41 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

Geesh....did I say that?



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:34 pm
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

 Yes, I will be discussing my undergarments in a future edition of this series...lol.This, I am looking forward to.  



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 11:48 am
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

Thanks Hector



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2008 11:47 am
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

Yeah, there are commercials geared by women for women and they're using their sexuality to sell products to women.  Wear this lipstick and you'll look prettier. 



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2008 8:05 am
 

Great Article !!!




Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2008 12:30 am
 

Sexuality, Sensuality and More - Part I

Why would anyone read a magazine....Guess many don't But I just watched a woman on TV sell lipstick for 30 seconds... Talk to her .......


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