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Bikini Hockey League Demeaning to Women and Sports

Bikini Hockey League Demeaning to Women and Sports

Just when I thought the worlds of sports and reality television could not get any more disgusting, they do. Cary Eskridge, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma has decided to create a bikini hockey league, where scantily clad women will play inline hockey for men to ogle over, and he’s making a reality television show about the process.

This is problematic in so many ways; where do I even begin? First and foremost, hockey is a really dangerous sport. I mean, when was the last time you saw a hockey player with all of his teeth? This isn’t to say that women cannot take part in a dangerous sport — on the contrary. My concern is that playing it inside, on inline skates, wearing little clothing and probably no padding is asking for unnecessary injury. At least Eskridge had the sense not to play the sport on the ice, where bikinis would be even more impractical.

The fact that he wants to turn this into a reality television show does not surprise me in the least. Just what we need is another reality show that is demeaning to women where we judge them solely on their bodies. I wonder if this show will be complete with “private” interviews and poorly edited voiceovers that aren’t even pretending to be what was originally said where the women badmouth each other and then take their anger out on the court.

I can only imagine the violence that will ensue for viewing pleasure. At this rate, I envision a glorified “chick fight” created so networks can get their ratings, and so sponsors can pay tons of money to get their product some air time. I’m sure these are only a few of the many tactics that are planned for the future of the bikini hockey league on reality television.

Looking at the “prospects,” I can only imagine the body image issues that will be created by watching this show. It should be no surprise that the women selected have Baywatch bodies, long flowing hair, and perfectly made-up faces. Each model, or player as it may be, comes complete with photo shoot-style pictures that can be enlarged so you can get a closer look. It’s like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for free.

What really upsets me about this whole thing, though, is the fact that making any sports league into a bikini league just further demeans women’s sports. Women’s professional and college sports have enough trouble getting airtime, and typically draw less of an audience than the male sports do, and this stems from a long-held belief that women aren’t as good at playing sports as men are. We tend to believe that women’s sports games are slower and therefore boring. The fact that Eskridge has added bikinis to the mix just tells the public that they’re right: women’s sports are, in fact, boring, and the only way to make them better is to have the women take off their clothes, and then play.

Women’s sports aren’t boring. Women play with incredible skill and physical ability, and they don’t need to be bikini-clad to do it.

 

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10:37AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

So where's the MEN's Speedo league?

10:13AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Sadly, there would be no bikini league, or reality show, if you didn't have all those women lining up to be part of it. One person's moral compass is not another's.

9:54AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

It's for a reality show, silly.Women will bare themselves in a very indignified manner once the game gets going. Are these the same females who holler when men look at them in a demeaning way!! Ok this sounds hilarious.

7:53AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

You sound like those Conservatives who use the guilt complex to criticize what some people find entertaining. It's pretty simple really: If you don't like it, don't watch it.

9:33PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

So pathetic and ridiculous that any woman would get into this comical yet embarrassing farce. Anyone who needs this attention needs counselling. Thanks

1:42PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

It just occurred to me that the fact that the sports world is being sued and having to be forced to deal with the athletes health consequences from bad and not enough protecting rules and procedures, yet these women (and any men in same degrading situation) are playing in less protective clothing/bikinis communicates how money overrides everything and how women are second class citizens (especially, in sports world)!!!

1:25PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

"Just when I thought the worlds of sports and reality television could not get any more disgusting, they do..."
enough said...

1:15PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Jane B.,

Actually they are, just as it for other career(s),-
How many women in sports do you see in The Media, let alone TV??
How many serious women athletes, in those sports, have enough inside to reject being made into a sex symbol to be paid to play their dreams sports??
How many struggling entertainers (from actors/actresses to comedians) are being denied these media outlets' slots??
Works against taking women athletes and them playing sports serious,
Works against development of women playing sports to the best it can be and eventually most sports one-set of sports leagues &/or associations for all genders.
As a man who extremely serious about sports I can tell you both are way, way and way too little. I watch very little women playing sports, because four-simple, AND NOT SEXIST REASONS,
1st. I already send an unbelievable of amount of time in The Sports World,
2nd. They just are not as good in the sports, as the men are,
3rd. Women STILL have to be sexy to achieve and maintain financial success (HINT) and 4th. Some of the sports they play I do not like.
That 2nd point might seem sexist, but women have only been able to play organized sports (at least in The USA) for what a 100-years or less and their Higher Educational and Pro (I next to never are in the lower level sports worlds, let alone watch them) skills levels are too far behind the men.

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1:13PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Jane B.,

How many young boys and girls will be dumbed down and view sex and women or men as cheap and can just make economic times hard for them and offer them some resources and they will do anything by this CRAP?? (THANK YOU, Linda M., stoled my favorite term)

1:10PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Jane B.,

Actually they are, just as it for other career(s),-
How many women in sports do you see in The Media, let alone TV??
How many serious women athletes, in those sports, have enough inside to reject being made into a sex symbol to be paid to play their dreams sports??
How many struggling entertainers (from actors/actresses to comedians) are being denied these media outlets' slots??
Works against taking women athletes and them playing sports serious,
Works against development of women playing sports to the best it can be and eventually most sports one-set of sports leagues &/or associations for all genders.
As a man who extremely serious about sports I can tell you both are way, way and way too little. I watch very little women playing sports, because four-simple, AND NOT SEXIST REASONS,
1st. I already send an unbelievable of amount of time in The Sports World,
2nd. They just are not as good in the sports, as the men are,
3rd. Women STILL have to be sexy to achieve and maintain financial success (HINT) and 4th. Some of the sports they play I do not like.
That 2nd point might seem sexist, but women have only been able to play organized sports (at least in The USA) for what a 100-years or less and their Higher Educational and Pro (I next to never are in the lower level sports worlds, let alone watch them) skills levels are too far behind the men.

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