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April 22, 2008


Mommy B

Sadly, the whole sexual aspect of the female body is impossible to escape for even the most skilled athletes. If it's not talk about Serena Williams' backside, it's how "smokin' hot" Anna K is. That type of mentality trivializes women's participation in sports to a huge degree.
Danica kicked butt royally on the track, but we still have a ways to go.

Shaping Youth

Heads up, folks: Danica is complicit in CREATING that desire to be perceived as a 'sex symbol'...

If you've followed any of the backstory on her own marketing tactics, she stripped for GoDaddy as part of the 'exposure' Superbowl series of ads that got nixed by Fox and didn't make it on the air (fueling her 'hottie' hijinks all the more)----She vamped for the camera, with a 'beaver' double entendre for a spot titled 'exposure' (see for yourself: http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/jump_pages/blog_video16.asp?ci=11600

It's not as if the AP writer pulled that sexy bit out of nowhere, she's 'branded' her bod that way from the get go.

Both Danica and Anna are playing both sides of the femme fence, marketing their 'babeliciousness' for profit and endorsement deals...

Even films like "Playing Unfair" that look at the representation of female athletes don't spend much time on the culpability of the women who CHOOSE to 'hold the soccer balls in front of their chest to strike a pose' etc.

'Just say no' could apply here, for it trivializes the experiences of all women athletes when some choose to go the objectification route.

As that film makes clear, "while men's identities in sports are equated with deeply held values of courage, strength and endurance, the accomplishments of female athletes are framed very differently and in much more stereotypical ways."

Yah. But the female athletes that are stepping right into that frame to go for the gold, quite literally, shouldn't get a hallpass any more than the reporter in the story.

'Third wave feminism' bah.

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You know Patrick made her acting debut in the February 10, 2010 episode of CSI: NY where she played a racing driver suspected of murder

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