My brother recently sent me this video, as a Dallas Texan we usually get really interested in anything related to football, and it seemed to fit the parameters regarding this blog perfectly. The idea of a women’s national football team would in most cases be regarded as a feminist movement yet it also seems that because of the sexaulization of their uniforms it can be argued that this league is completely ant-feminist. Does this not parrallel with the relationship between Girlpower and the standard form of feminism? And what does that say about the agency of the women who decide to participate in this sport?
I would also like to put in perspective the final commentator on this video Jessica Hopkins because of their last remark “Maybe one day, girls won’t have to wear lingerie to get people interested”. This comment lead me to wonder if what she really meant by people was men. Although I won’t deny that women as well as men part take in sports past times, the primary audience for such events are usually male. Not only that but the commercial audience aimed for during such events are usually hetero male as well, as was discussed in class during the showing of the Alias clip.
So how do we contextualize the agency of women football players, who’s uniforms happen to be lingerie, when the very system that empowers them for their physics and sexuality also oppresses them for the same?
As for the issue of the youth league, it’s very interesting to note that the group is catering around Paris Jackson to be their spokes model. It sparks my curiosity to imagine a world where a young girl celebrity would not be oversexualized for the sake of a product, the product in this case is viewer ratings. Thoughts?