What about the white elephant in the room?

May 25, 2012

The creator of the LFL, Mitchell Mortaza, has issued an official statement in direct response to Australia’s Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy.

I am utterly perplexed because what we’re saying is simple. Either the men involved don’t get it or they just want to have things their way. I think they get it.

In the statement, the only issue Mortaza discusses about the LFL, in its defence, is the actual sport itself. I don’t think there’s a single woman out there who wouldn’t applaud any female athlete, who challenges and extends her physical boundaries.

But what about the white elephant in the room? The fact that the women are playing a tough, injury ridden game in. their. frilly. underwear! …with garter belts, bow ties and accidental nudity to boot!

Question #47: If it truly is all about the sport, why do the women have to play in unprotective, sexually provocative underwear?

THAT’s the problem. It’s sexism…and it’s exploitation. As a response to a comment left after my last post, I wrote:

This is what was written about one of the US players of the LFL:

Tampa Breeze Florida player Liz Gorman told CBC Radio earlier this year what it is like to wear uniforms designed for maximum flesh exposure: “Oh. Well … well, honestly … I don’t like it. I’d rather wear full clothing. Because when you fall, it literally rips your skin. I’d love more clothing, but at the same time like any sport, the players don’t get to choose the uniform.”

Well, she doesn’t sound like she loves it but if she says no, she’ll probably lose her job. Do you know what it reminds me of? When I worked in Uruguay and the people there had terrible workers’ rights – and if you didn’t like your situation? Well, there’s a queue of people willing and waiting to take your spot. It’s exploitation.

On the Collective Shout FB page, they wrote:

“Have just been listening to some interviews with ex LFL players. All the same story, they say they paid health insurance with the LFL, endured a serious injury and the LFL refused to pay. One woman is thousands in debt because of medical expenses.”

Wow, sounds like a dream job! The fact that all these revelations are coming out means that these women are (or will eventually) be exploited. Bottom line.

Therefore, it’s wrong and we should fight against it coming here.

According to Mortaza, the Australian fan base brought them out. Surely there’s more of us who are against it…surely…

Does anyone else like Mortaza’s suit? Nicely covered, isn’t he? One woman wrote the following on Collective Shout’s FB page:

“People with power are clothed. People without power, unclothed. Simple”

I’ll leave you ladies with something to mull over. On the issue of gender clothing coverage, have you noticed how guys’ boardshorts are getting longer? I’ve seen lengths that are mid-calf. MID-CALF! That’s a lot of coverage. What are they trying to hide? They used to wear actual shorts 25 years ago…actually guys and girls had similar lengths.

So, why don’t they wear Speedos?

What? They don’t want to show the world their ‘penis bump?’ Feel a little too exposed?

Women, on the other hand…

Deep Breath…and don’t forget to vote against this on Change.org!


8 Responses to “What about the white elephant in the room?”

  1. Reblogged this on freedomfrompornculture and commented:
    When the nails been hit on the head, just reblog it. Mortaza wants our sports minister to watch the Sydney or Brisbane game with him to change her mind. Mortaza we’ve all seen all we need and want to see to know the LFL, as Kate Lundy said, is an assault on sport, sexist, exploitive and degrading to women including those who play. You wont even cover their medical bills when they are injured in full contact sport wearing next to nothing. Mortaza is like an abusive ex boyfriend who tells everyone he was a saint. Well Australians aren’t buying it, literally

    • questionsforwomen said

      Thank you for putting both links to the petitions in your comment.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog! 🙂

  2. lamehousewife said

    I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award…I appreciate what you are doing for women…http://lamehousewife.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/what-is-beautiful-anyway-are-you-sure-the-beautiful-blogger-is-for-me/
    God bless…

    • questionsforwomen said

      You’ve left me speechless – which is hard to do! Thank you. I’m very humbled. x

  3. sparksofme said

    Reblogged this on Feeling Good About Feminism and commented:
    Something to think about.

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