Yes, you read the title right. Apparently, there is such a thing as a Lingerie Football League. It originated in USA (where else?!) and is now coming Down Under. And of course, rightly so, there are people against it. While at the same time, some people are wholeheartedly accepting it.
First and foremost, let me tell you this — I have no idea about American football. But I don’t see the point in wearing lingerie to play it! Or any sport for that matter. Swimming or beach volleyball are probably the only two sports I can think of where both men and women would wear swimming costumes (one piece or two piece) and it makes sense given the sport. But apart from those, you just know that this kind of outfit is just to objectify women.
For those who argue it is a sport, I don’t buy it. I don’t really see the point in wearing lingerie and then wearing the pads and helmet. Why can’t women wear shorts like the men? Or if lingerie is such an essential part of the sport, well, why aren’t the male footballers wearing it?
Isn’t it enough that women are sex objects in music videos and advertisements? Do we have to refer to something as a sport and make them sex objects there too?
I guess if I think about it, women are probably treated as sex symbols even in sports such as tennis. I mean, just compare some of their outfits to the men. Why couldn’t women just wear shorts and play? I remember wondering that when I was very young. Never figured out an answer then.
To the women who are playing in this so-called LFL…if they want to be treated seriously as sporting professionals, surely, this isn’t a sport that’s going to promote that! All it does is continue to promote the stereotype that women are only good for their bodies and can’t play tough games.
If you want to look at a true sporting professional in the women’s arena, all you have to do is look at the likes of Kim Clijsters or Sam Stosur or Elyse Perry. None of whom have had to wear their undergarments to win games and prove what champions they are.
Until next time,