Male athletes must be fierce. All these things are true — but. Black female athletes are not. Here, the Body Issue firmly adheres to white, eurocentric beauty standards: white women CAN be portrayed as appealing towards the male gaze — black women, not so much. Context matters here. Without an analysis of misogynoir, it seems great that Aja Evans and Angel McCoughtry are portrayed as just as tough, active and aggressive as the male athletes in the shoot. Black female athletes being portrayed as feminine has a very different context from white female athletes being portrayed as feminine.
Oppression is complicated as fuck. It gets even more complicated when you look at the racial breakdown of female male athletes. While the female athletes in the Body Issue are overwhelmingly white, the male black are overwhelmingly black.
So male athletes tend to be black hypermasculinized, aggressive and active, while female athletes tend to be white, passive feminine and feminized. Male athletes are a power fantasy — an extreme version of maleness — while female athletes tend to cater to the male gaze. Most of the female athletes are at the pinnacle of female attractiveness: young, thin, white, passive, feminine, smiling. And again, I think this is very much about reassuring a male gaze.
You get to have your cake and eat it too — acknowledge women are athletes while still keeping most of them as objects of consumption see kelis nude photos I did there with the cake metaphor? And objects of consumption? What if Megan Rapinoe really wanted to show off her pilates prowess?
First: maybe they do want to be portrayed this way. Why do men feel more comfortable being active? Why do women feel more comfortable being passive? Conversely, do male athletes feel pressured to prove naked masculinity?
Whether the athletes personally chose everything in their poses or not, viewers will still get the impression that a female athletic bodies are sexual, while male athletic ones are functional. Death of the naked and all that jazz. Probably not. These very basic decisions — set the shoot on location, or in a studio? Use a snowboard or use a hula hoop? The ESPN editorial team will have very specific female about the kinds of locations, moods and themes they want. Once the athlete comes on set, most decisions are too far gone to change.
Photographers, meanwhile, control the flow of the shoot. Yes, this can be a collaborative effort, with the photographer and athlete working together to get the shot — but the photographer is ultimately in charge of how the athlete will look. The editorial board does that. The Body Issue is getting better. First Iranian woman phineas and ferb hentai sex win an Olympic gold medal either in the olympics or paralympics. Peggy Oki, skateboarder.
One of the original Z-Boys; inducted into skateboarding hall of fame in Misty Copeland, black black soloist at the American Ballet Theater in 20 years. Diana Nyad, 62, first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Photo credit: Jeffery A. Learn from my mistakes, my ducks. Learn from my mistakes. Content note: photographs of naked people. Athletes are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
Sport Pics with Nude Black Girls
Amy Purdy snowboarding. We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions. Customer help. Contact us. Log in. Log out. Article text size A. Special to The Globe and Mail. Published February 16, Updated February 16, Published February 16, This article was published more than 2 years ago.
Please log in randy detroit bookmark this story. Log In Create Free Account. Find your bookmarks by selecting your profile name.
Female athletes don’t need to be naked to be powerful - The Globe and Mail
Geneva Abdul is a Canadian journalist based in New York. Story continues below advertisement. Follow us on Twitter globedebate Opens in a new window. Report an error Editorial code of conduct. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon.
Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. ID Royalty-Free Extended licenses? Unlimited Seats U-EL. Web Usage W-EL. Print usage P-EL. Sell the rights SR-EL 1. Sell the rights SR-EL 3.
Sell the rights SR-EL.