|Homepage of LA Temptation, July 30, 2014|
Compare this to the Oakland Raiders Home Page, and the focus is on understanding the players and their abilities. Know their stats, their skills, their accomplishments on and off the field. Meanwhile, the L.A. Temptation page is all about “LOOK at us!” They are faces without names. The team roster headshots are more like model agency headshots. You don’t see that kind of headshot for an NFL roster. With an NFL roster, you get names and no faces.
|Oakland Raiders homepage, July 30, 2014|
The way women’s football is presented does not say, “We respect your ability to play the sport.” Rather, it is a reinforcement of the notion that men only respect women’s breasts. “Respect” isn’t even the right word to use. This is demeaning to both men and women.
Women are more than a pair of breasts. Men have more dynamic and depth than boob-seeking radars!
|Equipment & uniform comparison
between men and women.
Helmet with a metal face mask and mouth guard,
Shoulder pads sometimes with added rib and neck protection
Girdle protection (hip & tail bone pads)
Thigh pads and knee pads integrated into pants, knee-high socks.
|7th Graders playing football, October 2013.|
A player is covered from head-to-toe to protect them even from scrapes against grass and artificial turf. Either women possess skin that is tougher than men, or we as a society value seeing women’s skin over protecting it. We will protect our boys and men playing a full-contact sport, however we will expose our women in the same game.
It’s not just in football where we see this discrepancy. Compare uniforms of boys baseball and girls softball, volleyball, tennis, and more. Yes, you can rebut with basketball, golf, and water polo, however I can still contend that women’s football today is nothing more than a repackaged mud wrestling match.