"our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friday, June 28, 2013
LEGENDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Just because he has removed the garter, the choker and the frills doesn’t mean he’s removed the sexism
Sexism dressed up as sport like a wolf dressed up in sheepskin
But Mitch Mortaza isn’t interested in dressing full stop, he’s more interested in getting rid of the clothes.
“However despite the branding shift, it is understood that women trying out for the team must supply a full-length bikini shot to be sent back to the US LFL with an application disclosing any tattoos and social networking profiles”
Just because he has removed the garter, the choker and the frills, doesn’t mean he’s removed the dirty stigma connected to where this idea came from.
“It was originally a half-time gimmick. Mitch teamed up with Hugh Heffner and had the playmates dress up and pretend to play football”
(Regan Webb, Queensland Brigade coach)
Legends Football League is all about exploiting the female body for a profit.
Women are so desperate to raise their public profile they are willing to lower their standards to those that resemble the sex industry.
Is this really the example we want to set for young Australian women? That in order to gain attention you must first lower your standards and your dignity?
I’ve heard many women argue It’s liberation! It’s empowerment!
Having dirty, filthy men drool over you, spit sexists jokes at you and hang on to the edge of their seat in hope to see some tits and arse…if that’s liberation and empowerment then we have a much greater battle on our hands, and I’m very afraid of the society we are creating for the generations to come.
Do women really not respect themselves enough to fight for a place in the sporting world that allows them to keep their clothes on!?
“ We all like Lingerie Football…but it’s still called LFL and I think it will always have that image of chicks playing football while not wearing very much”.
(Johanna Theobald, who plays tight end)
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The last week i have had the honour of joining Melinda Tankard Reist at Sutherland Shire Christian School and Hunter Valley Grammar School, to speak to young people about the issue of the representation of women and girls in the media and popular culture (See more here: http://melindatankardreist.com/)
I was able to share a little bit about the Tyler the Creator campaign i have recently been involved in.
I was so encouraged by the response of the young girls at Sutherland Shire Christian School. Some girls shared with me how they found hope, inspiration and power to change the things in this world.
And that is why i stood up to Tyler the Creator and why i will continue to stand up and speak out against a culture that makes men believe it is sexy, fun and enjoyable to engage in violence against women. If i can encourage just one girl to say no, and fight against what boys are trying to force upon her then it is all worth it. She is worth it.
A study shows that people who listen to this type of music i.e 'Tyler the Creator' they are more likely to engage in premature sexual activity.
If those 'people' are the boys in your life, (and from the sessions at the 2 school there were a large majority of boys who listened to Tyler the Creator) it is likely to be you that they will attempt to act out their fantasies on.
The decisions you make now around premature sexual activity hold great consequences. I know it is so hard to see or understand the true weight of what those consequences hold in your future.
But i am here after experiencing the effect that media and pornography have had on the men and boys in my life to tell you...
IT IS OK TO SAY NO!
IT IS OK TO DEMAND RESPECT!
IT IS OK TO SPEAK YOUR MIND!
AND YES, IT IS OK TO WAIT!
Choosing this path will not always be easy though, you may not always be the most liked, or the most popular. And you will doubt your decision. But PLEASE keep being brave! And please know, what you are doing is right, it is worth it! when you get through those years at school and you never have to see those boys again you will wish you didn't give them a piece of you that is so precious. Because a boy that doesn't respect you enough to not grab your arse, to not ask for a picture of your tits, to not abuse you when you're drunk, to not say sexists, degrading jokes towards you, does not deserve to have any part of you! girls respect yourself enough to not give in to these lies that tell you, you need this attention from a boy to feel loved and accepted, it will only leave you hurt, broken and used.
You are allowed to get angry about this. We need more young girls who will get angry about this and not put up with what has become so grossly accepted as 'normal' within our society.