Is this equality?

A few weeks ago, I posted that Caroline Wozniacki Makes Me Mad.  Well, it’s not so much Caroline Wozniacki that makes me mad, it’s the lack of respect that women seem to get for being anything other than hot.  Arienna Lee commented on the post how there is now less room for men who aren’t willing to be portrayed as sex objects.  She pointed to Rafa’s famous Armani campaign photos as evidence, and she is certainly right about that. 

And then, a few days ago, I read this excerpt from an interview with Nole, after his third round win. 


Q.  A lot of women, female tennis players, get to pose in their swimsuits for the Sports Illustrated magazine.  Do you think that men should have the same opportunity? 

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  Okay.  I will choose my next words very carefully (laughter).  

Well, I don’t know.  I guess, yes.  We should all have equal rights.  But I am not thinking about that too much.  I guess, you know, women are more attractive than we are.  They have a lot more to show, I guess.  


Q.  So you wouldn’t say no if it was tastefully done? 

NOVAK DJOKOVIC:  I’m not getting naked for anybody, except my girlfriend (smiling).  


So apparently, Sports Illustrated has long favored women over men, because even though men are almost always on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the women are shown in their swimsuits.  But rather than feature more women athletes on the cover of Sports Illustrated, we are going to show Novak Djokovic in a Speedo.  Congratulations fellow women, we are now equal. 


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4 Responses to Is this equality?

  1. Arienna Lee says:

    Ha, thanks for posting this, Emma! I haven’t been keeping up on Novak’s pressers, and this is a good one. Novak in his speedo was one of the most searched items on my blog… that is, until Lynn Barber came along.

  2. mariposaxprs says:

    Haha, I didn’t know Novak talked about possible Speedo shoots for the cover of SI. It’s probably for the better that it’s been ages since I’ve actually read through a hard-copy of SI. It seems like someone’s been giving Novak PR lessons on how to speak to the press, in order to avoid being offensive! 🙂

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