- Vancouver, British Columbia - In the sporting world outside of synchronized swimming and gymnastics, women have continually been trying to catch up to their male counterparts, since sadly sports has traditionally been viewed as a male area of expertise. Even back at the original Olympic games in Athens in 1896, the first Olympics Games President and Founder, Pierre de Coubertin, discounted the idea of women competing in such events as "impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect." Even when women were allowed to compete in lawn tennis and golfing in the 1900 Olympic games, de Courbertin stated his displeasure in 1910 that "if a woman wishes to pilot an airplane, no policeman has a right to stop her...but when it comes to public sports competitions, women's participation should be absolutely prohibited." In de Coubertin's mind, the Olympic games were "the solemn and periodic exaltation of male athleticism...with the applause of women as a reward." While many great advancements have been made towards equality in sport, there is still a significant amount of work to be done, as a prevalent sexism still exists and shows little signs of going away on its own any time soon.
Entries in Lingerie Football League (2)
- Vancouver, British Columbia - The other day, much to my chagrin, I learned that Vancouver had recently been awarded the rights to a franchise in the Lingerie Football League (LFL). If you're like me and this week was the first time that you've heard of this supposed league, allow me to inform you that no, it is no joke, but instead it is a league that parades around attempting to convince others to take itself seriously. It takes no great imagination or description to figure out what this league is all about, as the league's title gives most of it away. Nonetheless, when I heard the news about the league coming to Vancouver, I couldn't help but feel disappointed about yet another example of society's passive acceptance of the degradation of women by even some of my friends welcoming this news item.