It seemed the Ferns' undies got more air-time than the actual players. While it was a jovial discussion, it raised serious issues about how we portray female athletes in the media. That issue has once again come to the fore with Sky Sport repeatedly screening an image of a female tennis player's underwear to promote the ASB Classic last week. Main sponsor ASB expressed disappointment in the image selection, while Sky Sport offered an apology stating they were sorry the image "offended some people". Sometimes these images are hard to avoid. Uniforms do move around during physical activity and certain parts of the body are exposed. It's not like the athletes are wearing "unsuitable" underwear. The Silver Ferns, for example, wear bike shorts under their international uniforms. These images also align with research released by Sport New Zealand and leading sports academic Toni Bruce, who found media are more likely to focus on aspects that reinforce traditional gender norms associated with women. Mentions of a female athlete's beauty and aspects associated with traditional heterosexual feminity are more likely to occur than discussions around their athletic ability.
It also includes several examples of a shot that needs to be scrapped from the genre: the athletic upskirt. In addition to being a sometimes illegal pastime of amateur photographers on subway trains and public staircases the world over, upskirting has long been a mainstay of fashion, advertising, and stock photography. The upskirting of athletes in a sport like tennis, however, means that sexual voyeurism is part of covering sports events. Whereas men get to play in shorts of various lengths that allow for full freedom of movement without exposing their nether regions to the camera, women have been pressured and often required to play in skirts —a convention that grew from nineteenth-century dress codes and only permitted the shortening of the skirt as the sport modernized.
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