"I'm going to bring my shoes and uniform and tell them I don't compete in just a sports bra."
One of my weightlifting friends has been invited to do an interview and photo shoot for a fairly prominent fitness mag. She will receive no pay; just get an opportunity to tell her story, promote the sport of weightlifting, and also dispel some myths and misconceptions.
However, there is that issue. You know, if you are a hottie and an elite athlete, chances are good they will want you to show a little skin or be photographed in a possibly provocative pose. This person has been there and knows the drill. So many of these rags, and publications that are not rags (Sports Illustrated are you listening?) sometimes border on soft porn in their portrayal of fit women or female athletes. My friend is not about to cave in to pressure for any pictures that will portray her as anything other than a proud competitor, who just happens to be a woman.
So what do you think? This is an issue that really tugs at my soul.
It is really cool to see the physicality of great athletes, male or female, as seen in this picture, taken by Rob Macklem (from the training hall at the 2007 Weightlifting World Championships). Wow, this dude is a lean machine getting ready to get his game on. There is nothing remotely suggestive in this image. In my opinion, there aren't enough cool pics like this of women that simply show them training or competing. And then there are the pictures of famous female athletes who have chosen, for whatever reason, to pose for photographs that are specifically intended to be sexually provocative, or they are just outright nude.
I'm not sure what to think. Mostly I guess I think it sets women back more than it moves us forward in our quest to be treated with respect and equitably in this working and sporting world.
Anyone else care to chime in?