Believe it or not the woman is a talented silver medalist at this years Olympics but what are people talking about...you guessed it her sex appeal. Can we have a collective BLECH. According to FOX news her profile has garnered a whopping 1.4 million views. The Los Angeles Times claims that, "immediately after the women's gymnastics competition, the phrase "Alicia Sacramone is hot" shot to No. 1 on Google's hot trends list. Hordes of web surfers scoured the depths of Google for information on and photos of the athlete." Not to be left out, there have been several Facebook pages dedicated to her.
Facebook groups sprang up overnight for fans ogling the Olympian. One was created Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. and has already netted 400 members. Group creator Tyler Herrick, a student at the University of Maryland, wrote on the message board: "Dont worry fellas ill put some pictures of her up when i get home from work. So you can imagine whatever dream youve got going there." Later, he made good on his promise.
A clear competitor to Herrick's Facebook group, reads: "SHE'S 20, so she's not jailbait!"
Combine this with the gratuitous ass shots that have become popular of the womens volleyball teams and what becomes obvious is that womens sports isn't viewed as legitimate competition, no it is an opportunity oogle and sexualize the female form. That these women train for years for the opportunity to represent their countries is overlooked because of course everything women do is about selling sex to every ready males.
Am I just being to sensitive? Should I just accept this as the cost of having international exposure for womens sports? UUUUM No! The exploitation of the female form is rampant in our society. It is not as simple as sex sells because the flesh that is usually for sale is female. Womens bodies are deemed to be consumable while men are on some kind of lofty endeavour to increase global unity through sport. The sexism that the media has displayed throughout this years Olympics is disgusting and no self respecting woman could possibly see it any other way. In most photographs they don't even bother to include the head of the athlete ,just a sexy ass shot of a woman is enough to sum up her Olympic experience. I say Fuck that, we are more than parts for the pleasure of the male gaze. The trend of showing disembodied women, or ignoring our achievements by discussing our fuckability rating reduces women to glory holes. Instead of sitting alone in your dark rooms boys vigourously masturbating to these images mentally cataloguing which athlete you would like to fuck, why don't you consider for one moment in your sex crazed desire that she might think that you are not worthy of a fuck.