The Lingerie Football League, or LFL, inaugurated in 2009, is a modified 7-on-7, full-contact game with 2 17-minute halves. The women players wear full protective gear and, you guessed it, bras, garters, and the laciest of panties. They play in major football stadiums, and in September of 2010, MTV2 started airing matches on Friday nights. The teams carry such names as “Dallas Desire” and “Los Angeles Temptation,” and are often coached by former NFL players. Many of the LFL members boast prior competitive athletic experience, although not necessarily in the realm of football.
The women are fined $500 if they wear too much clothing, and claim a viewership of 20-something beer-chugging dudes.
The LFL has received much criticism for exploiting the women players as mere sex objects, pointing to the fact that a. no one is looking at their faces or admiring their athleticism, and b. male football players need not wear lingerie to compete. Women athletes and sports leagues are already subordinated and not taken seriously, so is the LFL doing more harm than good?
Is the LFL providing a valuable opportunity to women who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in competitive athletics, and striving to increase the visibility of women in sports? Or is it taking advantage of women for the benefit of their ex-fratboy viewership? We want to know what you think.
So the Women’s Center, Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC), and Peer Health have teamed up to collect full-size toiletries for the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) in Pittsfield, MA. EFC is a comprehensive service provider for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. One of these services happens to be a confidential shelter for women and their children who are fleeing violence.
I’m sure we can all imagine how difficult it would be around the holidays to flee your home, and how little you might think to bring with you. Many women do not come with any toiletries and this is not something that EFC can necessarily afford to provide. Think about how great you feel after taking a nice, hot shower – we want to give that great feeling to these women and children. We have set up a competition between entries that ends tomorrow (Thursday, 12/9), as well as donation boxes throughout campus (Paresky mailroom, Schow atrium, and Goodrich). The campuse-wide boxes will be out until Sunday, 12/12. Here is a list of things you may want to consider providing (please note that everything should be full-size and new):
- Face wash
- Body wash
- Nail polish
- Moisturizer (face and/or body)
- Children’s shampoo/conditioner
You get the idea! You can check out the Facebook event for more information and a more comprehensive list. We hope you can help!
the Women’s Center, WCRC, and Peer Health
Apparently Antonin Scalia, one of the judges on our nation’s highest court, doesn’t necessarily believe that the fourteenth amendment, which has been used throughout it’s important history to ensure equality, protects women against sex discrimination.
Intrigued? Read this article from Time for more information.
This article from the Daily Beast asks the provocative question: “Why do people who normally defend a woman’s right to wear whatever she wants suddenly label her a bimbo when she opts for the naughty nurse costume on Halloween?” Read the whole article and see what you think.
This past Thursday, members of the Women’s Collective had the chance to meet the legendary Gloria Steinem. We trekked to Rexford, NY, for the 75th anniversary celebration for the Mohawk Hudson County branch of Planned Parenthood. It was a wonderful evening of delicious food, even more delicious wine, passionate activists, and feminist uplift. Gloria Steinem delivered the keynote address, and left us all feeling validated, inspired, and rejuvenated. Some of her more memorable one-liners included:
“We all get radicalized out of our own experiences.”
“The only alternative to feminism is masochism.”
“We’re not crazy- the system is crazy.”
Unfortunately, this event allowed for little audience interaction, but one mother of three 20-something daughters asked how to respond when asked, “Why do you do what you do?” Her daughters are all involved in reproductive rights-focused feminist activism, and often find themselves having to justify their work. Steinem succinctly responded, “Out of self-respect.” This was definitely one of the biggest take-away messages from the night, and one that has resonated with the Women’s Center board. When I asked her how she prevents from feeling burnt out, and what keeps her going, she cited other people. She only feels crazy for doing what she does when she’s alone and without support, but when she stands among other feminists, she feels affirmed and not crazy. For all of you young feminists out there feeling overwhelmed or unsure of what you do and why you do it, remember Steinem’s words of wisdom. Continue with your activism not only for the thousands of women out there without a voice, but also out of respect for yourself. We all deserve equal rights and access, and the fight begins with you.
According to perezhilton.com (reliable source I know), Eminem and Rihanna are doing a Part 2 to Love the Way You Lie from the female’s point of view. Part 2 is supposed to include lines like:
Even angels have their wing cut schemes, and you take that to new extremes, but you will always be my hero, even though you lost your mind
Sounds like more of the same, no?
Where to begin? Dan Savage at Williams College. WOW. We here at the Women’s Center are extremely excited about co-sponsoring this event! It’s gonna be hot, it’s gonna be sassy, it’s gonna be real.
For those of you who don’t know Savage, he is a sexpert who writes for Seattle’s The Stranger newspaper. The questions he answers in the newspaper, and on his podcast, know no limits. He addresses any and every issue about sex with candor and humor in a way that promotes sex positivism and tolerance. We encourage everyone to attend (it’s in Chapin on Monday, October 25th) and to submit your own question online. Also: the ’62 center is selling awesome t-shirts for $10!