Lingerie Football: Beyond Demeaning

Nearly naked ball a better place for the pretty-but-talentless than, say, politics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 10:43 AM CDT
Michelle Sotak of the Chicago Bliss walks off the field during the opening game of the Lingerie Football League (LFL) at the Sears Centre Arena September 4, 2009 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Critics of the Lingerie Football League were vindicated when the highlight of the very first game was a quarterback getting her bra ripped off. “No doubt about it—the Lingerie Football League is demeaning to women, demeaning to football, and even demeaning to lingerie,” writes Greg Beato for DoubleX. But don’t write it off just yet: Lingerie football could very well save other, more important, parts of the cultural landscape.

Think about it: “The notion that aesthetics matter at least as much as talent” already pervades journalism, politics, even stand-up comedy—pretty much everything except sports. “If the Lingerie Football League can help change that, we’ll all owe it a drunken high-five,” Beato continues. After all, “where, really, is the best place to steer the beautiful but unqualified? To the White House, or to the 20-yard-line of the Sears Centre Arena?”