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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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Breast feeding in the pool: yuck yuck yuck

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Now, trust me, I believe that a woman should be able to breast feed her baby. If she wants to leave the house at all with a new born who feeds like every waking minute, this is important. But the fact that a woman is complaining to the Human Rights Commission for being kicked out of a public swimming pool for breast feeding is just wrong.

This is not a human rights issue, it is an issue of respect. I don’t want to see someone eating a sandwich in a pool, spitting in a pool, blowing snot into a pool. You can’t feed a toddler a box of milk in a pool. The rules are clear, no eating or drinking aloud. Why should breast feeding be any different? I just can’t understand why this woman couldn’t get out of the pool and breast feed on a chair nearby. 

Advocates argue that breast feeding in a pool does not cause any health issues, sure – but it’s just rude. 

Unfortunately, this story takes away from many women’s legitimate concerns about being discriminated against for breast feeding in a coffee shop or in a mall. And while our culture definitely has a problem with seeing breasts in public, that aren’t perfect, perky and wrapped in sexy lingerie, I really think there is such a thing as going too far. 

This article elicited almost 150 responses from the public echoing this view. Just have some common sense and respect for others. I don’t want baby spit up floating by me, even if it won’t make me sick.  

On the other hand, if women want to argue that they shouldn’t be harassed or discriminated against for breast feeding in public, then were talking about something important. But when this woman takes her grievance public, one that most Canadians would disagree with, it takes away from the real problem.

I spent several months living in Nepal and this is a very conservative culture. Revealing knees or shoulders in public is a no-go. But interestingly enough, breasts are no big deal. Breasts actually share the same Nepali word with milk: duhd. (Dude: ha ha). In Nepal, most women of child bearing age wear shirts(cholahs) that actually un-latch to make it easier to reveal a breast for the purpose of feeding.

Now it would be nice if are culture could accept that breasts actually exist to feed babies, not to be used as male fun pillows.

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Now Palin is to Blame….

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Since when do third rate rumours and second hand quotes from anonymous sources make up an entire newspaper article? I can’t believe that within hours of the election, “news” of Sarah Palin being so “awful”, “throwing tantrums”, “acting like a diva”, “a shopoholic”, and “a nemesis of John McCain in the end”, come spewing out all over the place. Not one person was actually quoted, not one piece of actual evidence provided, just 7th grade personal attacks from the republican “camp”.

Now, hey, I have never been a fan of this ill-equipped, unexperienced, anti-feminist person being put in the position that she was, but the fact that sources from the republican camp are apparently now slamming her, and the fact that all the news orgs are more than happy to run with this “story”, really MAKES ME FURIOUS.

They hailed her as so great, the every-woman who could reach the average American and defended her to the end, until the end did not give them the result they wanted.

And now, Palin will take the fall and receive the wrath of the republicans. And of course, they are drawing on the same sexist bullshit – focussing on her spending binges like she was just some out of control woman with too many credit cards. 

And I can’t believe that anyone besides a tabloid rag would print these third person, anonymous accounts. It’s not journalism, it’s a circus and a circus very eager to jump on the anti-woman bandwagon.

If one thing comes out of this, maybe Sarah Palin will finally realize that sexism is alive and well and just as she was objectified and used to begin with, now that her shiny hair and long legs did not produce, she will be hung out to dry.

After trying to create the perfect puppet republican femme fatale and failing, the republicans want their clothes back. That’s feminism for you: republican style!

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Canada’s female biathletes an embarrassment

I am so sick and tired of this whole nude female athlete bullshit. Yet again, female atheletes have gone for the nude calendar as a means to raise awareness and money for their training. Screw off girls. As a former downhill ski racer in Canada, as a woman, athelete and feminist, I can say, you are not coming across as the bad ass Olympic hopefulls that you are. You are not raising awareness for your athleticism and achievements, you are cheapening yourselves. Your selling your bodies. Gross…..

And where is the commentary about this? Why do the newspapers make this sound like a juicy little treat? No real commentary, just details on where to pick up the latest piece of sporn. Why do young women think it is totally cool to go naked? Why do they have no problem with objectifying themselves? 

Please, give me a calendar with some bad ass women firing perfect tens out of their actual guns after having busted ass across grueling cross country terrain instead of strategically placed Canadian flags that cover genitals. And hey, maybe they won’t sell as many calendars that way, but isn’t self respect worth anything these days? 

This is so stupid. It cheapens women it cheapens the fact that they are world class athletes with amazing skill and makes them just objects, bodies to be gazed upon. 

In our women’s body obsessed society, our female achievers should be fighting against this, not pandering to it. 

Grow up girls. Take yourselves seriously as athletes and not nude models and maybe others will as well. 

I was super pumped to see the biathlon. But now I’ll pass.

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Since when did PIMP mean primp

Marie Claire has an article this month entitled “How to Pimp your pad“. It’s apparently a single girl’s guide to decorating her new place. 

Let’s have a little language lesson. 

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

PIMP: a man who solicits clients for a prostitute

Or…TO PIMP: to make use of often dishonorably for one’s own gain or benefit

Now, how does this apply to redecorating, to sprucing, primping, applying paint, buying new furniture, hanging a painting????

Remodeling is not quite the same as sexual exploitation now is it. And I get the whole “let’s take back the language” thing. I think it is of great value to take a term that was originally created to demean or offend and make it part of everyday speech. Language looses a lot of power when it is in the right hands. My gay friend calls her girlfriend a dyke all the time. And I laugh at my friend as I call her a slut for being flirty. The list goes on. But re-associating pimp as a decorative term is just fucked. We are making the word pimp into something cool, trendy and beneficial. 

It pissed me off when a bunch of gangster wannabes started “Pimp my ride” but for a women’s magazine that considers itself quite feminist to use that term, Wow. 

Pimps aren’t cool. Pimp and Ho parties aren’t cool. ‘It’s hard out here for a pimp’ winning an Academy Award: not cool. So let’s maybe think twice before we throw trendy language out there without even thinking about what it signifies. K.

“I feel like my place is a little run down and not too stylish, thank goodness for Marie Claire, I can now go find a vulnerable women, who is most likely poor and drug addicted and I can take advantage of her, convince her that I’ll help her out, send guys who want to fuck her her way and then take half the profit. Oh, you meant the new definition of pimp. Sprinkle with colour and make a place homey. Shame on me for thinking that the term from the 1600s applied here.”

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Olympic Objectification

This really pisses me off.

Here we have the best female athletes in the world, competing in highly demanding sports, and still, the cameras and the press must objectify the female athletes and reduce them to body parts. First of all, screw you cameraguy for the Associated Press who thinks it’s perfectly alright to take extreme closeup ass shots, and secondly screw you Globe and Mail for including this sexist piece of shit in your daily photo montage re-cap of the day in Beijing. 

This volleyball player for Brasil has a face. She probably has a pretty bad ass spike and a super fabulous serve, but instead thanks to the bullshit that is the “rule” that women volleyball payers must wear bikinis, and the assholes who think it’s fine to make world class athletes into sexy models upon which to gaze and lust after, she is just a tight little ass. 

Show some respect to these women athletes. Sex is everywhere…..everywhere. Women’s bodies and body parts are everywhere. Why can’t we look to these athletes at the olympics as models of strength, perseverance, stamina and determination and not just, with one quick snap of the zoom lens, sportporn.

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Why are there no female directors?

One of my biggest peeves is that there are so few women directors. I feel that it is the main reason why most movies, specifically romantic comedies, really suck. They just don’t speak to me or relate to me at all as a woman. They seem to rely on these dated stereotypes and assumptions of what women want and are like. Um……modern women are not like that. Get with it. 

I don’t understand why it is always men, directing supposed chick flicks. If these movies draw such a female audience, why not have a women directing them? How are men supposed to really connect with their female audience? And the why the hell is the Sex and the City movie directed by a man? I really think that the main reason Sex and the City really kicked ass is because it was so often directed by women and of course was adapted from the writings of a woman.

An article in the LA Times explores this issue, basically revealing that women directors are so few that it is insane. The movie industry basically missed the whole, women-are-equal boat. 

The article makes a few good points but then falls back on the same shit argument always made when examining why there are fewer women involved: THAT WOMEN DON’T LIKE THAT MASCULINE POWER DECISION-MAKING ENVIRONMENTS. 

Ahhhh….Bullshit. Trust me that women who have worked their way up in Hollywood to be directors are not little scared women who just want to stay home and play house and who would be afraid to yell at the lighting guy. Why is this always the fall-back argument?

The article starts off looking at the numbers, proceeds to say there are some women doing great indie films and then goes into the: ‘women have children and don’t want to be away from them’ shtick and then wraps the stereotypical bow around the whole package with ‘women are scared of conflict and control.’

Can we please move past this shit and realize that some women are in fact not affriad of that at all. And that some women in fact don’t want children or have absolutely no problem uprouting a family for an important career move.

These articles are based on gendered stereotypes, not actual research.

A real analysis of why Hollywood is so damn sexist would be nice. 

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