I can really see both sides to this discussion. Some women just enjoy performing. Some women truly are exploited. Some women don't see any choice but to exploit themselves.
I'm the only woman in Aus who is a full-time professional Sword-Swallower. I get all sorts of dodgy comments from my audiences, and have to be really careful about where I perform as it's a dangerous act, and some men, and women, are truly inappropriate in both their comments and actions. I have been sexually assaulted (felt up) in front of an audience of 50 by a guy who thought this was just fine (and later got done for the act by the cops) and needless to say I will never perform during the Grand-Prix at Southbank ever again... I tread a fine line between acknowledging the sexual overtones of the act, and fully owning the danger/overcoming death side of the act, and the better I become at controlling the audience to make it safer to perform, cutting down the sexually obsessed hecklers in the crowd, and improving the sword-swallowing itself, the more empowered I feel. I do, though, get really sick of the innuendo quite often, but have to accept that if I wish to perform this act, in front of humans and the human psyche, it is a part of it. So sometimes I raise the issue myself, take it to that place and then cut us all down for going there, then I can continue with the death-defying with the audience's full attention and with the hecklers under my feet, instead of hanging over my head...
And why do I do it? Because I LOVE cheating death and having that level of control over my body, I'm a good performer, I get paid extremely well...and when I first started I was told by a bloke that I wouldn't be able to do it "cos I was only a chick."
Last edited by BaronessM; 30-05-2012 at 18:00. Reason: My bad punctuation strikes again...
I've since found out that:
- the players do not wear the same safety gear as men because it may inhibit their sexiness
- they don't get paid or have health cover
- they are contractually required to not wear anything under their underwear
- they are contractually required to have 'accidental' nudity during the game
This is nothing more than blatant exploitation in the form of titilation, dressed up as 'sport'.
As for women leering at sporting men, they are athletes first! By definition sporting men and women are always going to have a good physique (apart from the odd golfer and darts players) and there will always be a level of perving but it is not a fair comparison in this case. Surely people can see the difference?
ETA: I'm sure there are lots of women in the s3x industry who enjoy working there. My annecdote? I've only ever known one person in that industry. She was a stripper and (I think) a prostitue. She was murdered and her body was not identified for months. (Jane Doe case in the early 1990s in Sydney) I went to school with her.
ETA2: The LFA is not that much of a leap from slavery. (The players do the physical work and take the risk to their health whilst the managers take all the financial profits.) The only difference is that they are not considered legal property and are 'free' to leave... or are they if that's the only way they can play their chosen sport at elite level??
Last edited by Busy-Bee; 30-05-2012 at 06:57.
But I do think, if the women playing don't feel comfortable or empowered in what they do, surely they could be lobbying to have the game recognised for what it is.
I dont really know what my point is. But i'm in the mindframe that if these women know the regulations sorrounding the league, they must realise its not about the game, but running round in their undies.
There is womens football where they could be fully clothed and wearing appropriate protective gear. They choose to run around in their undies.
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I also have a problem with them not being able to wear safety gear.WTF! OHS eat your heart out!
I absolutely would never take my children to see it.
Last edited by beebs; 30-05-2012 at 06:51. Reason: spelling
Surely - even if you enjoy the industry - you can see that there are a lot of people who slip through the cracks, who don't want to be there, who feel they have no choice or whatever. I would even go as far as to bet that there are more women who don't want to work in that industry - who are working in the industry, than say, woman who are working in a multinational corporation with good benefits, who are down trodden and don't want to be there.
Its fine to respect the industry, its fine to like it and its fine when the women working there choose to work there and feel empowered by it. But that just isn't the case for a lot of women and girls.
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