Photos of female athletes truly scarce
Re A short and not-so-sweet day after, Oct. 28 I have been thinking about writing for some time about the Toronto Star’s Sports section. The weekend edition (Oct. 28) finally did it for me. I challenge you to flip through the Sports section and look at the pictures.
Tell me how many pictures are of women. I would say, “how many pictures of women competing in sports,” however, there are none. There aren’t any articles. There are two photos of women on one of the pages. One picture is an ad for Seduction Love Boutique; the other is an ad that says, “Sex is Health.”
The Star has published many articles about sexual assault trials, etc. However, the Star has dedicated an entire section to objectifying women.
I am going to assume that there are universities, colleges and other schools in Toronto. I am going to further assume that these places have women and girls who compete in sports. I realize that women don’t compete in the NHL, NFL, CFL, OHL, the list goes on. Would it be too difficult for the Star to leave the office and go and pay attention to these local women and girls? If there is a fear that acknowledging that women compete in sports and are good at sports may not be good for the Star, then misogyny is alive and well, isn’t it?
I am truly disappointed and hope to hear that there is going to be an improvement. Marie Ford, Mindemoya, Ont.