Nate Jones of Metro.us noticed a trend while browsing Getty Images for beach volleyball photos. That trend was largely centred on women’s asses.
With the heads cropped out of every photo, it’s no wonder people consider women’s beach volleyball at the Olympics to be nothing short of objectification. There’s nothing wrong with playing beach volleyball, there’s nothing wrong with wearing bikinis while doing it. Hell, these women often like “looking sexy”. The problem comes from the fact that if you’re looking at a photo of beach volleyball, you’ll almost never even have the opportunity to look at the woman’s face. It’s all very “male gaze”.
So Nate recropped many Olympic photos to make the focal point of the photos different. It’s an interesting exercise in objectification, considering you’ll almost never see photos like these otherwise.
But what gets me is the comments. Oh, the comments.
Aug 01, 2012
Beach volleyball players are free to dress in less revealing clothing, and free to turn down the additionally lucrative revenue and increased popularity that comes with the skimpy clothes. You think the problem is that the general male audience objectifies these athletes, not so, the problem is that the general female audience don’t objectify the men enough. You are free to look upon male athletes as you will, if a contingent of like-minded people grows large enough to impact revenue then male sporting garments will be adjusted to reflect your desires. You choose for yourself, let others do the same.
Except, only at the London Games did those rules get relaxed. The bikini was the official sport uniform up until this year.
The answer to all this objectification of women is for women to objectify men more, and make it some kind of free market argument instead? When men have most of the power and a hell of a lot of the money? Sure. That’ll work to balance us all out. The Invisible Hand Deity is every bit as misogynistic as the people who invented it and worship it. Prove me wrong.
Aug 01, 2012
Why no women’s basketball in your examples? Or any other women’s sport? Why the preponderance of Caucasian athletes? Have you actually watched the Olympics? If you’re going to make a point, make it better than this.
Because this is a gender reversal. It took photos that Nate had access to, and cropped them to show the same sort of focal point as the women’s beach volleyball. It would not make the point to show MORE women, in a sport that doesn’t objectify them because they’re relatively well-covered, when there are other sports with men who aren’t well-covered but aren’t depicted the same way.
Aug 02, 2012
Complete agree with Bill Pickle. If he wasn’t saying the truth then why are all of these pictures of male athletes?
Point-missery. You has it.