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…..