Look out. I'm already in a foul mood:
- I got to work to find that the "Center for Equal Opportunity", a conservative organization whose mission is to undermine equal opportunity and affirmative action, has targeted my alma mater for "evidence of significant discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions at Ohio State University and Miami University. African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latinos were given preferences over whites and, again to a lesser extent, Asians." I could go for HOURS how pissed off that makes me, but this is neither the time nor the place.
- Then I read that someone who I THOUGHT was dead, someone who I prayed for and mourned really isn't. I'm almost never at a loss for words; I am over this.
THEN I look up, and... oh, how wonderful. It's swimsuit time again. I cannot contain my enthusiasm. I am so excited to see how women are not valuable to the Sports Illustrated empire unless they are oversexualized objects wearing little more than dental floss.
Case in point #1: As I always do at this time of the year, I check the WNBA, Women's Hoops, and High School pages on SI for a comparison. I went a step further this year and checked the Sports under the "More" tab at the top of the SI Homepage. It's nice to know that the WNBA and Women's College Basketball are more important to SI than Cycling, Canadian Football, and off-season figure skating, track and field, horse racing, and Olympic coverage. It's infuriating to know they are held in the same regard as CRICKET, a sport that most of those of us on this side of the pond know almost nothing about, save their games can go on for DAYS. The Sportsman of the Year page is better done than women's sports. Hell, the high school page is better done than women's sports. This is nothing new, and you'd think I'd be over it by now, but I'm not. I don't ask for much. I'm not asking for a College Volleyball or Women's Hockey page. I'm just asking that, if you deem a sport as worthy of having its own page, give it the same treatment and dignity as the other pages.
Case in point #2: Not only do I have to see the "Model Search" ad, even as I type this blog, not only do I have to see the come hither looks as I scroll down the page, not only am I forced to cut off the top of the FN page (lest I be subjected to damn-near soft porn stalking video on loop), and not only do I have to naviagate away from the SI homepage (and thereby miss all the headlines) immediately if I don't want three string-bikini clad post-pubescent girl/barely woman figures in my face periodically, BUT ALSO when I'm on the SI pages, I have to be careful to keep my hand steady, because if my cursor accidentally strays onto the SoBe ad at the wrong time, I am sentenced to watch a body-painted chick I cannot get off my screen without refreshing the page. The only good thing to come from this is that it's caused the other video feed (which usually annoys the hell out of me) to freeze up and go black.
As I say every year, I am a realist. I know that I am an anomaly: women who passionately love football and follow a lot of sports are not the norm, so we are not the target audience for this website or for Sports Illustrated in general. But we are here. So are our sisters. And so are your children. What are you teaching your sons about how to treat and value women by marketing in this manner? What are you teaching your daughters about their worth, especially if they don't fit into this Barbie-beautiful mold to which the models belong?
Again, I don't ask for much. Just a link or a button to redirect those who WANT to see this schlock to a super-tricked out page, complete with videos, images, and surprise bonus material when the cursor slips. Give the rest of us auto insurance, car commercials, or self-aggrandizing pieces, like you usually do. I'll even stop complaining about the standard video feed. Well, maybe not...