Canada’s Biathletes STILL an embarrassment

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So a little while back I wrote about my disappointment in Canada’s female biathlete’s going the whole “nude calendar” route and one reader compared me to the Taliban. Wow. That’s really hilarious. Just to clarify, I have no problem with nudity. My problem, in this particular scenario, is that the Canadian women’s Biathlon team is using sex to sell when they actually have a really great product worthy of a much better ad campaign than come see my ass cleavage. 

Why did these athletes have to go down this road? Why couldn’t they have come up with something a little more clever. Like no one has done a fucking nude calender before. And why naked? Why naked women? Like we don’t see enough of them every where we look. I just think that these athletes should want a little more respect for themselves beyond, “ya, the blond one is hot and the brunette has a nice ass. I’d do the whole team though.” 

This does not make me “like the Taliban” for fuck’s sake. It makes me a woman who thinks that a successful woman should be respected for her abilities and not just her appearance naked. The athletes are cheapening themselves. How many nude calenders (besides mustached fireman) do you ever see of men? Why is it that men don’t feel that they have to sell themselves this way? 

The whole Girls Gone WIld generation of women seem to think that it’s fine to flash your tits. Not “I don’t want to wear a bathing suit top at the beach” flash them, but the “hey those guys want to see them” flash them. I think that’s sad.

But hey, if that’s what you want, go for it. I have nothing against women who sell their bodies as prostitutes, strippers, escorts or nude models in playboy or on the internet working as a face on which to be come upon. It’s those women’s choice. But in my opinion, being an olympic athlete and working in the sex industry are pretty different. ANd you may insult me all you want but I would hope that our elite athletes should not feel that should have to, or want to, sell their naked bodies, to subsidize their training.

Barf….. Again.

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One response to “Canada’s Biathletes STILL an embarrassment

  1. truthwalker

    Ok, the Taliban poster was crazy. Making an ad hominem attack on someone by saying “You agree with these evil people and are thus are evil” is pretty lame.

    But the question, “Why is it that men don’t feel that they have to sell themselves this way? ” is a bit misleading. Men don’t sell because by a large, woman don’t buy. It has nothing to do with how they feel about being objectified. I work with a lot of 18 to 25 year old men, who would probably pay to be objectified if they thought they could.

    Also, “I have nothing against women who sell their bodies as prostitutes, strippers, escorts or nude models in playboy or on the internet working as a face on which to be come upon. It’s those women’s choice. ” Isn’t really fair. I don’t think you really say that being paid to be photographed nude and being paid to have a stranger ejaculate on one’s face is really morally identical. And again by putting nude modeling in the context of sexual exploitation, you are implying that all nudity is sexual. It’s not.

    “… should not feel that should have to, or want to, sell their naked bodies, to subsidize their training.”

    Certainly it’s appropriate for you wish that they shouldn’t feel they have to, but is it really your place to decide what another should want?

    “…to subsidize their training.” Why should they not have to work to pay for their training? What makes them entitled to payment from a source that they haven’t worked for?

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