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Should women wear skimpys in sport?

by Harry F (follow)
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Recently Legends Football League arrived in Australia.
It used to be called Lingerie Football League but the American organisers wanted the game to be taken more seriously here.

It is basically American grid iron football but played on a much smaller field with modified rules.

Do you think it is OK for the female players to be dressed in very little while trying to encourage a serious image of this popular sport?

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Not at all. Most of us don't walk down the street dressed like that. I think it's just another case of objectifying women. I don't think too many women would want to watch the sport when they're all dressed like that, so it's really being targeted at guys who like women in underwear.
I attended one game and honestly nearly 50% of the spectators were female, so maybe the league is trying to downplay the sexy image but it sure helps with their marketing.
No. Gridiron is a contact sport and the male players wear all that protective gear for a reason! The women in the lingerie weating league get injured all the time. One of the reasons they wanted to bring the game to Australia is because here they would be covered by medicare while in the US they can't get insurance playing without proper protection. Also, obviously it is more objectification of women. They were in the news recently for rejecting an extremely capable female player for not being pretty enough. an't
Sorry, but I like it. If people (ie. women) are prepared to be involved, then that's their business. Female beach volleyballers wear similar and that's an Olympic sport.
Just because female volleyballers wear similar outfits, doesn't mean that people don't have issues with it.
Playing on the beach may have something to do with that.
by Vee
I hate that the female volleyballers were that - why aren't the men topless if that's some sort of sport requirement??
I don't understand how these women can objectify themselves like this. How can anyone take them or the sport seriously if they run around in their underwear. They are really harming female integrity if you ask me.
I don't think it's that simple Bryony. Unfortunately this is what sells. This is how they manage to make a decent living playing the sport they love to play. I don't agree with the uniforms, but it's not as simple as blaming the women wearing them.
Doing something because it sells does not make it right. They are effectively selling their own bodies when you put it in those terms.
I'm with you, it's not nice to dress like that, for sport.
by jonaja
I'm with Bryony and jonaj. If they are serious about the sport then they should demand to be treated with the same respect as their male counterparts. I am certain more tickets would be sold for the men's games if they were in their underwear as well. This all makes me so angry.
by Vee
I read that they aren't paid so it's not even making a living.
Jennifer, if what you say is true then it makes things worse. Perhaps parading around in underwear is an opportunity for them to be 'spotted' and offered paid work doing other things...
by Vee
It is quite full on. Many men would focus on them the wrong way as sluts, instead of focusing on the sport they've come to watch...
I think there is some truth in what you've said, Justine.
by Vee
No...no...no....and we wonder 'why' men often don't take females seriously.
Yes. It must all be because of the way those silly hysterical women act.
Absolutely not! It's hard enough to get society to take us seriously in sport.
Exactly!
by jonaja
No way is it ok for female players to be dressed in very little while trying to encourage a serious image of any sport. They cannot be serious about the sport if they must rely on their 'assets' to bring in the spectators, so why should we take them seriously? Absolutely agree with Sarah. This is simply another way in which women are objectified and are complicit in their exploitation. Besides, I don't see men playing these sports in underwear for their female audience members.
by Vee
I agree ! It makes me see red, esp in 2014.I thought we had come a long way?

Well that's out the window in this case.
by jonaja
This may sound pessimistic, but I don't ever seem to think we have come a long way in regards to this sort of stuff. It's difficult to 'come a long way' when people seem to think that backwards is the way to go.
by Vee
Nope. Is it about the sport or is it a perv fest? I don't even like the way beach volley ball women don't wear proper clothes. In the Dakar, a model pulled her singlet top up showing the majority of her implants, and the Dakar FB page promoted it. The reaction was hilarious - men complained about the picture, saying they just wanted to see the vehicles racing or if they were to show women, they should be in their helmets and firesuits. The women, on the other hand, all ignored the photo and used the opportunity to complain about the stupid team orders of the Minis.
No. Gridiron is a contact sport and the male players wear all that protective gear for a reason! The women in the lingerie weating league get injured all the time. One of the reasons they wanted to bring the game to Australia is because here they would be covered by medicare while in the US they can't get insurance playing without proper protection. Also, obviously it is more objectification of women. They were in the news recently for rejecting an extremely capable female player for not being pretty enough. an't
Unfortunately the cause of women being taken seriously is so often undermined by ..women.
Beautifully succint answer. You are so right, sadly.
by Rice
From a legal perspective, our society allows pretty much anything nowdays as, long as your private bits are covered. Nothing is sacred on TV anymore, so how is a sporting event any different? That said, I am no more or less inclined to watch a grid-iron game as a result of this. It simply doesn't interest me. If a person wants a perv-fest, there are soooo many other options for them today to fill that interest (and whether or not that is a problem is another whole topic on its own). No one should be made to perv or be perved at, but if we choose to wear clothes that naturally make others want to perv at us, we shouldn't then complain that people look at us in that way.

From a personal perspective, I don't think anyone should decrease their risk/safety management practices just to be "sexy" or whatever this is supposed to be. That's just stupid. I don't think anyone should be MADE to wear skimpy clothes in any employment or hobby/pursuit, but if that's what they really want to do, each to their own. I can choose whether I look at it or not. Safety concerns aside (because I'm not an expert on safety in sport) it would seem in this instance the players are OK with it, and I choose not to watch it.
by kimp
I really wish they wouldn't.
I think women should be allowed to wear what they want, however I believe the 'skimpy' styles of the past were designed to use women's bodies to attract people to view the sport not for the value of the sport or for the physical talent of the players. From a pure sport, physical exertion, exercise point of view it is probably more comfortable to wear clothes. The organisers probably don't think they'd get the ratings if they did that though.
No. This makes me angry and sad.
they are setting women back a few decades and pandering to the male gender. It took women years to be taken seriously for having brains and not be targeted as sex objects, and those who are dressed like that are not helping one little bit.
The women are putting themselves back years and years and years. I think it would be more admirable if the women, who we are presuming "just want to play the sport they luuuurrrve" got together and assigned something that was a little more "perv proof". But they certainly don't seem to me to be willing to do that. In the case of grid iron, they ought have the same protective clothing as the men.
I just don't understand any female wanting to be the object of some perverts fantasies. But, I certainly believe that women do this to themselves.
by fran.
I agree. I wonder what their parents think? I also wonder if they think this is a step towards a new career - ie they would be spotted by some movie director or magazine.
by pfuit
A sport is a sport. If the men can wear full gear so does the women. Need not put on skimpy gears just to sell the tickets.
No problem at with skimpy at all
It appears you are outnumbered here, Japie.
by Vee
I know I am late to the party but I took one look and went "YUK". The BAFTAS have just been on and one female arrived in something more revealing than a Cher outfit! I was just gobsmacked. Why on earth can't these "ladies" see that they are lowering the bar so badly? It makes men feel free to treat all women as if they are dressed that way because, mentally, they see ALL women that way if ONE woman is. Caveman instinct, I suppose.
by Rice
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