Posted on | August 6, 2012 | 14 Comments
Having previously made clear my enthusiasm for water polo — the Official Olympic Sport for Guys Who Like Full-Grown Women — I am pleased to report that the U.S. team won its quarterfinal match yesterday, defeating Italy 9-6, thanks to Our Favorite Player:
Melissa Seidemann scored on all three of her shots and captain Brenda Villa added two goals to lift the United States past Italy 9-6 in women’s water polo.
Kelly Rulon scored twice for the Americans and Betsey Armstrong came up with 13 saves.
“I think the staple of our team is the defense. We count on Betsey so much, she did an awesome job today,” said Seidemann.
Yesterday, I got a note from Dana at First Street Journal, who is angry that ESPN magazine didn’t think Melissa — 6 feet tall, with a reported weight of more than 180 pounds — was suitable for their issue featuring the Olympic women’s water polo team nude:
Miss Seidermann worked hard to excel in water polo, a demanding, exhausting sport, and perhaps you can say that these particular photos were demeaning to all of the women on the team, but if they were going to do a photo shoot like this, Miss Seidermann should have been included, or the shoot not done at all. Weight bias is one of the last things in our society it’s not politically incorrect to express, but Miss Seidermann demonstrates that you don’t have to be a size six to be an athlete.
Exactly! If ESPN is going to treat Olympic athletes as sex objects, why cheat the deluxe-size ladies out of their moment of nude glory?
Is ESPN discriminating against Melissa? Are only skinny women deserving of admiration at ESPN?
This sends a very harmful and negative message to larger women — and angers those of us men who don’t mind a little more to love.