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Olympic Team Called “Field Hockey Minxes”

Olympic Team Called “Field Hockey Minxes”

 

The London Olympic Games have brought up a whole slew of discussions about gender, sexism and sexualization. Saudi Arabia finally decided to let female athletes compete for the first time ever, only to incite commentary that the women were ‘prostitutes’. The women’s Japanese soccer team flew economy while their male counterparts flew business to get to the Games.

While OIympians’ bodies are clearly on display for the whole world to see as they accomplish feats of physical mastery, some bodies are getting extra attention in ways that push far beyond the realm of official athletic appreciation.

Recently, the Dutch women’s field hockey team has been generally dubbed the “most beautiful team at the Olympics” by a number of online sources. Many blogs accompany a description of the athletes’ bodies along with various pictures of the women in different moments of play. One blog on the Inquisitr, while applauding the team’s abilities, also highlights their physical appearance:

The girls on the Dutch Field Hockey Team are working hard to win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but they’ve already achieved an unofficial, but highly coveted, award: the most beautiful team at the Olympics. Led by the beautiful Sophie Polkamp and Ellen Hoog, the team wowed field hockey fans yesterday with their orange and white uniforms, their athletic bodies, and yes, their talent.

If that quote is only slightly objectifying, just take a look at the small rant that was posted on Bar Stool Sports New York’s website this week:

How much do other butch Olympic chicks hate these little field hockey minxes? Like the swimmers with their huge shoulders and no tits have gotta be furious at how hot these girls are. The gymnasts with their huge thighs and their dicks tucked between their legs must be up in arms. Everyone is going home with gold medals, the only difference is the Dutch field hockey team doesn’t live like a social outcasts because they’re Olympic man-beasts. Head home and put on a dress and high heels and get free drinks at the bar and [expletive] by dudes as they please.

In a highly competitive field where women must struggle to be taken seriously and in which over 30 Olympic games currently bar women from competing, dialogue such as this is particularly harmful. Not only has the Dutch field hockey team been objectified, their athletic abilities overshadowed by discussion of their body parts, but the rant on Bar Stool Sports also belittles female figures that don’t fit the aesthetics of a Vogue magazine cover. These types of discussions also highlight the age-old idea that “real women” wear dresses and don’t ideally compete in any type of athletic competition.

Admittedly, this last blog rests on the more extreme end of the discussion, but still reveals commonly assumed understandings of femininity which pervade the commentary of the Olympic Games.

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5:22PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Yeah Sherrie that whole making the women fly coach thing was outrageous!

3:29PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Kevin B. I agree with you. There is nothing wrong with admiring the attractiveness of the Dutch women's field hockey team. I think it was just the ragingly sexist and misogynistic rant that was wrong. Well that and the fact that the Japanese women had to fly coach. (WTF?)

Personally, I love watching men's swimming, diving, and gymnastics because I do enjoy admiring their beautiful bodies. But I'm also not speculating as to whether or not the divers are jealous of the gymnasts or body builders because divers' bodies might not be as muscular as theirs, or calling the swimmers "minxes" or some other degrading term.

Admiring a beautiful human body is natural, normal and OK. Publicly degrading those who you don't believe live up to your idea of beauty is not.

3:11PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Bill C. I have to disagree with you. While the appreciation of beauty is indeed universal, the definition of beauty, world-wide, is not.

In India, there are several groups of women who have what we in the West would consider excessive facial hair, but are considered the most beautiful women in their group because facial hair is considered beautiful.

In the Middle Ages, larger, "Rubenesque" women were considered beautiful because it meant she had money and was able to eat well.

In ancient China, women would bind their daughters' feet so they became deformed, but in such a way that it gave the illusion of tiny feet, which was considered beautiful at that time (and still is in some places).

I'm sure there are many men who would find the female swimmers and gymnasts, with their muscular bodies, to be quite beautiful and sexy.

The point is, no one type of body or bodily feature is considered universally beautiful by all people and cultures. And thank goodness for that or us "regular" people would never be able to find partners.

12:42AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Thank you for bringing the comments of so prestigious a news forum as Bar Stool Sports New York perhaps you have more commentary from Penthouse or Jugs?

In any society where the populace thinks of themselves as meat bodies one is going to get continual commentary based solely upon breast size, figure, legs, and butts because this is what is real to people. One can criticize the lack of enlightenment however, it does nothing to resolve things for that individual.

9:56PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Thank you.

8:48PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

As far as I'm concern Sarah you aren't much better since you just had to quote something called Bar Stool Sports New York’s website, an obvious anti-LGBT site along with their vulgar commentary. Why don't you all grow up for goodness sake.

5:15PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

No, Phil A., they do not. There is an obvious difference between a man and a male of the species desperately trying to compensate for his psychological problems. The latter is a subject for pity, though he still may have a chance to become the former.

4:29PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Meat markets...

4:27PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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4:20PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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