The first thing that struck me as strange was how The Sun, on the one hand appeared to frown upon the discriminatory comments (running an editorial piece from their columnist Karren Brady) and on the other hand chose a photo of the female lineswoman in a short skirt dancing at a party (presumably nicked from her Facebook). If they really were in support of her as a professional woman who has every right and ability to do that job then surely, surely they could have led with a photo of her on the pitch in her kit?
|This one is censored; the real one, obviously, is not|
And so I guess the question for me, is, in a society where the mainstream press slot half-naked women in with hard hitting news, where talented women are expected to strip off in their music videos and reveal all in interviews to promote their films, and where you can walk into For Your Eyes Only on a Saturday night, hand over £20 and see a real life naked girl, can equality ever really exist? And should we really be blaming Andy Gray for seeing women as sex objects who can't understand the offside rule, or should we be blaming Chloe, 22, from Leeds (and the rest) for continuing to buy into it?