Saturday, July 05, 2008

Exploit your ex's privacy, get an autographed baseball

By LindaBeth

I’m starting to wonder if sports has become the “it” terrain for blatant sexism and creating a hostile climate for women.

In the last year…

  • The blowup doll incident in the Chicago White Sox locker room, welcoming objectification, violence, and sexual violence, while being rather inhospitable to female, and non-sexist male, journalists wanting to do their job. Not to mention any conscionable player being upset by it would have a hard time speaking up, lest he be accused of being gay, as is often the case in locker-room situations: just see the comments on sports columnist Mike Wise’s article against the display (see also Michael Messner’s excellent work on masculinity, homophobia and sport). The doll and the accompanying baseball bat strategically placed in a certain orifice with the sign “You’ve got to Push” and all its encompassing sexism was intended to “encourage” the team. Great.

Now this…

via Feminocracy:

The Morning Joe show on MSNBC this morning retold the story of a man who got a signed baseball for throwing nude pictures of his ex-wife into the bull pen. The pictures got the man a ball signed by everyone in the dugout courtesy of Johnathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox [...] Nothing is more classy than giving out nude pictures you obtained during the course of a relationship and spreading them around once the relationship is over. Likewise, its very classy to accept random nudes from fans–lovely.

This is absolutely deplorable behavior, on the part of the guy and the players. The Bo-Sox dugout should be ashamed for accepting these images that were made in the context of an intimate relationships that this guy is exploiting for this own profit and without the consent of the woman in the photos. How is this not illegal? Is this not the “sale” of pornography without the consent of the model? Code 2257 anyone?

Combined with the way female athletes are written about in the media, the sports industry is telling me loud and clear where I, as a female, belong: on the sidelines, displaying my tits. And not kissing another female.

(Cross-posted to Smart Like Me.)

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  • Get over it! Sox rule! And what the Hell do you expect from a Louisiana boy like Papelbon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 AM  

  • Excuse me for laughing so hard, but great post. One has to remember that just because these guys have high testosterone levels and strong athletic skills, doesn't mean they should be role models for kids - or any of us. But it's we who have rewarded them for having such personalities all their lives. Why should they care what we, or anyone thinks?

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 11:09 AM  

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