Following up on my post earlier today, early in the article referred to therein, Buzz Bissinger refers to watching women’s beach volleyball in the Olympics. In what appears to be the journalistic equivalent of opening a presentation with a joke, Bissinger confesses that he watches “not because it’s a sport” but because he enjoys watching “skimpily-clad, leggy women rolling in sand.” As a lead-in to an article primarily about the abuse of female gymnasts, this is a bit odd and opens him to various criticisms, and sure enough, one reader comments huffily that volleyball players are too athletes (which Bissinger doesn’t deny, of course).
But this article, with our president apparently thinking his predecessor’s way with women helped his ratings, illustrates (literally) the hypocrisy of anyone who doesn’t see the hypocrisy in the way women’s volleyball is marketed and presented:
Show me a sport for men whose uniforms reveal this much asscheek, and I’ll stop believing women’s volleyball isn’t a featured Olympic event primarily to drive ratings. There’s no doubt these women are fine athletes…but that’s not how they’re being presented.