Is it sexist?
This seems to be the main topic that comes up when you look at Lingerie Football League. Now if you have never seen one of their games, ill give you a brief rundown. Athletic, well proportioned females, early 20’s, wearing bikinis and pads. Sounds kinda ridiculous huh?
Well, initially this seems pretty wrong, but lets analyze a little but.
1. Why bikinis?
I believe the reason the outfits are so scarce is due to marketing. The sad reality is that woman’s sports get almost no coverage, and mainly because there is very little money to be made in comparison to mens sports. How many people do you think would rather watch women fully dressed play football over an NFL game? Probably very few. It is much easier to market your league when your athletes are wearing bikinis. This however, does objectify women as sexual objects.
2. These girls play hard.
If you havent seen these women play, well they play hard. The LFL plays full contact, tackle to the ground football. They hit each other hard, and play a very rough game. These women are proving that they are capable of playing a very violent contact sport, and very good at it too. There is no slacking, these women are competitive and fierce competitors. Here some footage.
3. Other sports uniforms
If you look at beach volleyball, boxing, MMA, and swimming uniforms and outfits, they all show a lot of skin. Its not something unique to the LFL, you dont think that beach volleyball players could wear one piece swimsuits? In some cases it would be harmful to the athlete to be wearing more clothes, but athletes wear skin tight clothes and show off skin and muscle. Its part of sports, athletes bodies are very sexualized. Men run around in skin tight pants and sleeveless shirts just as much as women play sports in revealing outfits.
I think that Lingerie Football is good for women’s athletics. How often do you get to see women playing a “mens game” such as football, going full speed and hitting each other. The game showcases athleticism, speed, skills, and smarts all necessary to play the game of football. The whole lingerie part of the game is a ploy to attract fans and viewers so that the league can exist and make some money. The only problem with the lingerie part is the sexualization of these athletes, but this is something common in almost all women’s athletics. I am not saying that Lingerie Football is justified, but it does allow women to showcase their athletic talents on a greater stage. The greater problem at hand is the need to sexualize women’s athletics in order to create any type of popularity.