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So, readin gmy local paper this morning (as I am home now), and I got to the end of it pretty quick (it's 31 half-sized pages).  The last section is the sports section, which I rarely read, but I spotted this headline: "Women's beach volleyball final worth watching".  Of course, I assumed this meant the game was really good or something.

Silly me.

Upon reading the article (which was really a laundry list of of totally random points), I closed the paper and threw it on the couch in disgust.  The bullet point regarding the women's volleyball was this:

"The women's beach volleyball final was amazing.  No, not that the Americans won their 108th consecutive match, but that those tiny white bathing suits did their jobs in heavy rain."


As if I needed any more proof that women's athletics aren't taken seriously.  Obviously, I didn't, as the women's uniforms for just about every event were proof enough that the women's events were just there to draw viewers by being hyper-sexualised.  (Hoyden about Town has a really good entry about this here.)

Thanks, Cam Hutchinson.

And by thanks, I mean fuck you.

EDIT: I didn't notice this little "gem" the first time I read the article because I was skimming for the women's beach volleyball final thing, but check this out:

"Exciting news from a CBC commentator during the women's bronze-medal beach volleyball match: 'The Brazilians are coming apart at the seams.'  I know it kept me glued to the set."

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Jesus Christ, that was incredibly sexist. It's pretty damn disgusting that he actually wrote it in a Sports article. You should definitely write a angry letter. I can't believe it. He is supposed to be a professional Sports writer and he had the audacity to write that. AND THEY ACTUALLY PRINTED IT!

I mean, yes, those women are beautiful, but the fact of the matter is they are extremely talented and make for a great volleyball game. I caught a glimpse of one of their games and man, were they whupping China.

Yeah, I don't have much respect for our local paper. This isn't the first time they've done something totally trashy. When two teenagers died in a house fire during my grad year, were they on the front page? Nope. Third, with tiny black and white photos. The Cadets doing nothing special were on the front page. Ugh.

I'm just so damn sick of the sexualisation of women's sports (and of course women in general, but that's not the topic right now). I didn't even watch the Olympics, I was so irritated with it (and other things). Except for, like, the fourteen yeard old British diver (who I would want to hear called a "young woman" by announcers), the atheletes are "women" not "girls". Augh.

And let me guess, not a single word about the awesome Dara Torres, four -time Olympian.

Ugh.

I second the angry letter writing though. Takes one person to start pointing out this kind of shit, and maybe others will feel the same.

Nope. The only other women or women's sports they mentioned was an offhand comment on that both the men's an dwomen's American relay teams dropped the batons, and the whole mess with China maybe having an underage female gymnsat. Oh, also a comment on the Brazilian women's volleyball team I missed the first time round. I added it to the main post.

I want to write an angry letter, but am not sure I could manage to write a coherent one that doesn't involve cursing right now.

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