Photos of fe­male ath­letes truly scarce

Toronto Star - - OPINION -

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.


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