Lotsa Bits & Bobs: WWC, RCH, Transfer Rumors, Vacation Snaps Continue

28 Jun

So much going on today – I thought I’d do one big post instead of bombarding you with a ton of little ones.

Watishista! Maddy found this awesome shot of male fans cheering on Germany at the Women’s World Cup. The shirt says “Girls, make us proud! (Source)

Speaking of the Women’s World Cup, over the weekend Maddy sent me a note and said she had issues with how they using sex to promote the tournament as opposed to portraying the women as powerful athletes, as evidenced by these pictures…

As Maddy put it, these look like a “Miss Germany calendar” and “a shampoo ad.” Der Spiegel even had an article on how such advertising might indeed backfire.

So here in lies the rub. We tend to objectify The Pretty here (I can’t even pretend we don’t), as you well know. Do women have to give up their femininity and sexiness to be taken seriously as athletes?  Is it wrong to portray them in such a fluffy manner? Is it inherently sexist? Men would be portrayed as powerful, strong whereas in these pictures the German team (as gorgeous as they are) look…kittenish.  You would never know that they are actually players. The men might be all waxed, primped and groomed (I’m looking at you, CR7) but if it were promoting a sporting event, you can damn well be sure that he would be in a uniform or a ball would be somewhere or he would be looking determined, etc.

It’s a tough one. Yes, a woman can wear heels and makeup and be a fierce competitor on the field (see Lira, Marta, Christine Sinclair, etc.) but why do we somehow always have to choose between the two in a way that men never will?  I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this. While the pictures of them are lovely, I would have like to have seen more of a balance. At least in the trading cards, they’re in their uniforms.

All Out is sponsoring a petition to FIFA to red card homophobia in light of Nigerian coach Eucharia Uche’s witch hunt against suspected lesbians on her team. Please take a moment to go over and sign it. FIFA needs to step the fuck up already.

Our pals over at Red Card Homophobia continue their good work with a weekly Twitter spam-a-thon. Each week, people should tweet a well known ‘baller and asking him to RT the message of RCH to his followers. There’s a coordinated target each week.  This week, it’s Jack Wilshere. If you’re interested in joining the effort, simply tweet the following to Jack:  @jack_wilshere Could you RT @RChomophobia and help us in the fight against homophobia in football? http://t.co/ou1IrIH #redcardhomophobia

Charlie Adam responded and showed his support, so good on him! Hopefully, lots of other footy players will do the same.  You can follow Red Card Homophobia on Twitter to get updates on who the target will be each week.

And now, a step away from the serious stuff and on to scurrilous rumors and vacation snapshots.

Sportsvibe UK is reporting that Real Madrid has plunked down a 50 million bid for Cesc Fabregas.  I have no clue if it’s true (probably not), but it certainly made me giggle hysterically. I wouldn’t put it past us as it might be a classic Mou mind fuck.

Jailbait! tweeted a picture of himself and two equally underage lookin’ friends hanging in Marabella. Also getting his tweet on was Alvar0 Arbeloa who was off in Disney World with Carlota and little Alba.

Meanwhile, Rafa van der Vaart was working out in the gym and tweeting himself looking very sweaty (and sexy). Just had to share.

Nando & Olalla took some couple-y alone time in Sardinia and left the kids at home. I know I’ve showed about 80 million pictures of them but Nando looks pretty freaking hot in these and Olalla is again completely smoking in a cute bikini. (Pics via spasticramos)

It’s nice to see that Nando brought his bitchface on vacation too. Actually, I can’t blame him with the amount of times that he’s been photographed. I know I’m part of the problem by posting all the pix, but damn, how was I supposed to go the whole summer without those hip dips, freckles and ample Nando booty, I ask you?

Finally, here’s young (and still growing) Raphael Varane in his new Real Madrid kit. I ordered this thing, tried it on and returned it immediately. I cannot rock the collar. I am not James Spader circa Pretty in Pink, nor am I Xabi Alonso. I did get the 11-12 training jersey and it’s just gorgeous. The picture is below Raphael’s. Highly recommended. I got mine at World Soccer Shop. I’m going to wait to see what number they assign Ozil before I buy the new away jersey.

8 Responses to “Lotsa Bits & Bobs: WWC, RCH, Transfer Rumors, Vacation Snaps Continue”

  1. notoriousjk June 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    what was that about Nando being fat? hmmmm???

    I laughed at that $50 million for Cesc, but hey at least they value him more than Barca, which is only offering $35 million (less than a striker who has only scored once since January *cough I love him but come on*. It’s really offensive)

    I’ve seen those German NT pics before & I didn’t really think twice about them, I mean except that HOT DAMN HOT WOMEN. I thought it gave them the opportunity to show Vogue women how it was done, but idk that’s just me.

  2. emily June 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Well, considering how much we objectify the guys these days… we can’t really talk, now can we?! ;-p when the men look all hot, sweaty and fierce is when they are the most sexy… why do we like that? men don’t always like seeing fierce women. it’s a dichotomy. like – why do American guys want to see two women kissing, but not two men kissing? Is it because a movie told them it was hot? Personally, I get a little put off when I see two people of the same sex kiss. not because I Want to be put off, either. I know they are in love, but the biases of age and upbringing are very firmly set in our brains and I have to remind myself of the truth. Actually i look away whenever I see any two people kiss, soooo… I’m such a baby that way. So, we all want to see something different than everyone else, so who do we please? the feminists or the hungry male viewer? it has been a subject of debate for thousands of years, and will continue until we all grow more open to the reality of the modern world.

  3. Sasha Twen June 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I guess it comes down to which stereotype you want to debunk. These pictures aim to do away with the stereotype that female footballers (athletes) aren’t feminine. It’s a stereotype that’s a little old and rickety, but still current, unfortunately. But let’s face it. We squee whenever a male footballer does promotion like this. So we’re one to talk.

    Also, one should not forget these photos are not official DFB material, but were made for and by a sponsor company (a company that sells hair style products). If you want to be fair, it might be best to compare this to the male NT’s Strenesse shoot – which was out of uniform as well.

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      It’s good to know what the context was – they look like a hair care ad because they are one! 😉 they were posted without any explanation or mention of a sponsor so I didn’t know what they were for and I’m guessing Maddy didn’t either. It puts a new spin on how they are viewed, doesn’t it?

      Remember the terrifying Die Mannschaft painted as animals and creepy Poldi pix from WC2010? Still not sure what that was about! 😉

      Yeah, as I said above, we definitely objectify men – in fact the whole damn blog is admittedly built on that but its interesting to discuss the various viewpoints, don’t you think?

  4. panama June 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I simply cannot decide wether I support pictures of women athelets like the ones above or not. It’s a super complicated issue. Personally, I think that they deserve to show their fierceness (is that actually a word?) and I feel like showing one’s feminine or girly side does (and should!) not imply that one cannot be taken seriously as an athlete. But of course I realize that this is an open invitation to objectify the women… On the other hand, the male players get objetcified too, think of the infamous dirt/mud/grease/whatever photoshoot of the USMNT. And they are still being taken seriously. Maybe we just have to rest the debate and just enjoy the game? 😉

    I simply love the guys supporting the German team. The t-shirts are genious!
    And Olalla looks great with her hair down, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a picture of her like that. But I do understand them being annoyed at the paps – I would be for sure…

  5. Susie June 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    i liked that ad more than the other women’s one. at least they were dressed and actually used football props.

  6. emily June 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    olalla’s swimsuit is sooo cute and Nando’s hip dips are freakin’ me out.

  7. maddy June 29, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    If it is indeed an ad for a hair product, it does make a lot more sense!
    but answer me this, can a woman not look like a powerhouse athlete AND sexy/feminine at the same time? Why does it have to be either/or? Why does breaking the stereotype have to be the complete opposite of that stereotype? I watch a lot of top model, there have been photoshoots on ANTM where models had to look athletic and graceful AND fierce while selling a product, and the results were very pretty.
    Many tennis stars have portrayed their athletic prowess with feminine grace on the court and off, the Williams sisters, Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Dokic, and my personal favourite Martina Hingis. They maintained their physical presence and the identity of their sport while looking sexy and cute. I believe lira’s and mesut’s nike commercial did that perfectly (I do not agree with the article’s sentiments on that commercial).
    I admit, I’ll be the first person to objectify men and their various body parts. However, when they are advertising something football related, they are very business like and look the part. They don’t look like GQ models or Armani models then. And yet we love it and think they look super sexy. If someone happened on the posters above without knowing what the German NT looked like (and lets face it, women footballers aren’t household names like their male counterparts), they would think it was in fact a casting call for vogue and a shampoo ad. It would have been nicer if the hair product company had the girls looking fierce while leaping into the air or heading the ball into the net, with their hair flowing or while slamming a powerful strike into the net. But that’s just how I see it.

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