Soft core tennis porn?

Bill Boettcher directed me to this pretty cool video feature of women tennis players hitting the ball in Super Slo Mo.  The accompanying article is about the “power game” in women’s tennis and how the players are more like men now.  The videos are pretty cool, but there is something a little off about them.  The thing is, it’s supposed to be focused on the muscle and power of these female athletes, but it’s got them all with their hair down and make-up on.  There’s little doubt that this sexualizes them in a way that I think is quite inconsistent with the larger message.  Can’t we appreciate the power and skill of these tremendous athletes without mascara?

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One Response to Soft core tennis porn?

  1. Sonia says:

    First, let me start by saying that these bodies are simply beautiful.

    Next, there’s no way in hell I’d want to be scrutizined in slo mo without some make up. And hair styling. And glitter. And soft lighting.

    I definitely see how it’s being sexualized but women, and especially women athletes, are criticized for being too masculine so they wouldn’t be doing themselves any favors going au naturale on something posted to the NYT. I don’t like the game, but that’s how it’s played and they’re doing a bang up job in the environment they have to work in.

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