First game: Two unjust casualties.

December 8, 2013

In the play, Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, a corrupt character named Peachum starts his first stint on stage by looking directly at the audience and declaring the lines:

“Awake, you sinners, awake!”

That’s aimed at us – Society – one that ‘sins’ through its compliant silence.

Brecht was a political playwright who wanted people to watch his theatre with intellect and reason, and not be deceived by the lure and grip of emotion.
Ultimately, he wanted people to leave the theatre with a sense of recognising the ludicrous injustices (still) going on in the world and DO something – to leave the theatre:

AWAKE!

Question #193: What does it take to stir the depths of society’s moral and ethical compass?

Last night was the first game – here in Australia – of the US inspired, Lingerie Football League. This is an issue I have fiercely argued about in the past.

It is with continued disbelief that, in 2013, we actually have these poor women – desperate for ANY sort of respectful attention toward their sporting and physical prowess – play with (essentially) virtually exposed breasts.
The image below is from the US league.

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I shudder to imagine the soreness and pain their breasts must feel, if that’s what they run in (no support) and smash into each other with.

 

Nope. Shaking my head. Gobsmacked.

 

AWAKE!

 

Women’s sport is virtually ignored.
Our screens are a deluge of men’s sport, 90% male commentary and male worship.

 

In David Penberthy’s article – Lingerie League an Insult to Sport and Channel 7 – he writes:

 

“It is pretty weird that at a time when our cricketers couldn’t buy a win, and were making headlines instead for being sent home after refusing to do their homework or decking a Pommy batsman in the small hours at an English pub, our women cricketers were quietly going about the business of becoming world champions, again.
Couldn’t name one of them.”

 

That’s the crux.
We don’t see women’s sport…unless they’re in their underwear?
Sexism. Pure sexism.

 

Last night the Lingerie Football League claimed two victims.

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Victim #1: Tahina Booth (pictured above), was taken away by ambulance due to injury.
One person on Twitter said she appeared in agony for a while before the ambulance arrived.

The following was Tahina’s response to a question from Andrew Webster from the Sydney Morning Herald:

There are a lot of critics of this sport. I have my own doubts. What would you say to them?
“I understand. I have a complex with the uniform. I don’t like it, and it’s not practical. But when you look at it, there are masses of people coming to watch … they realise it’s not for fun and these girls aren’t taking it lightly. A lot of feminists have told me I’m a disgrace. I tell them that I’m doing this for an opportunity. I
work so hard, it’s cost me so much money. I just want to be the best I can be.” *

How sad that here in Australia, women athletes like Tahina are simply not respected. That her ‘opportunity’ can only come from a form of undress.
 This is sexism at its purest.

The LFL responded today about her ‘injury’, stating she was merely dehydrated.
I sincerely hope that’s all it was.

Victim #2: Randy Perret – father to one of the players – wrote the following apology to Collective Shout, when his daughter was deemed ‘too fat’ to play, ON GAME DAY:

“I wish to apologise for the comments have posted lately regarding the LFL in Australia. i have known of Mitchell Mortaza and his reputation within the States but thought that maybe with a fresh start in Australia he may change his ways. Wrong. My 18 year old daughter has been told that she has to “lean out” to wear the uniform. That’s right. 
So yes LFL is all about how the girls look not how well they play the game. So now I have my 18 year old daughter down in NSW, shattered emotionally because at the last minute she has been told that she is too ‘fat’ to play his game. Send me any petitions you like and will gladly sign them. Also please forward any contacts as I wish to fight this all the way. 
We can not have our young girls thinking that you need to be skinny to play any sport in this country.”

She had already spent money on getting the prerequisite spray tan before the game.
Spray tan. Any Australian male footballers putting on their obligatory spray tan before a game?

No – the female athletes of Australia are not being respected. In this case, they are (mundanely) being exploited for their physical appearance. The fact that the audience is predominantly there for titillation through accidental nudity (something in the girls’ clause to play), is a truly sad indictment of our current paradigm.

Awake.

Deep Breath.

x

* Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/shane-watson-knows-tons-talk-as-hostilities-resume-20131205-2ytyv.html#ixzz2mrtjMou9

4 Responses to “First game: Two unjust casualties.”

  1. Derek said

    They could dress them up in full protective gear, pay match fees and offer support to junior female athletes and I still wouldn’t be able to find the amount of interest required to watch 1 minute of it

    • questionsforwomen said

      Two questions, Derek:
      1. Don’t you think that’s due to conditioning? All there is to watch is male sport – no option.
      2. Would you watch it in its current form?

  2. Xdust said

    “That or put them in full, protective gear.
    Then we’ll watch.”

    No you wont, and that is the entire issue. Women don’t buy tickets to Women’s sport.

    The LFL in full gear, wouldn’t last a month if left up to Women Ticket buyers. Which is exactly why the LFL is what it is,.

    Men Buy tickets to mens sports. Women buy tickets to Mens sports. Its very simple really. No One buys tickets to womens sports.

    You are fighting a battle with no ammo or reason. It simply wont work, its been proven time and time again.

    Spend you time and effort to get women to buy tickets to womens sport. That WILL work. And make this entire issue moot.

    • questionsforwomen said

      You’re right. I might rephrase that last line.
      Noone watches women’s sport – but that’s due to conditioning. It’s simply not on our screens and really never has been.
      If representation were more equal and you were raised seeing it – there wouldn’t be an issue either.
      I find this issue of women’s sport very challenging in that regard.
      BUT what the LFL represents is pure sexism. You have agreed to that in your comment and it is wrong.
      That is the main crust of my argument – not the last line of the whole piece.
      Thanks heaps for your comment.

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