Sexualizing Women’s Bodies – Soccer Players and Topless Civilians

Two news stories about sexualizing women’s bodies:

  • Three members from the French women’s soccer team posed nude for a German magazine along with the question of “Is this how we should show up before you come to our games?”

They are directly challenging the sad, but often true, media conditions wherein women aren’t paid attention to in an entertainment capacity unless they are sex objects.

  • Twenty years ago Canadian women won the right to be topless in public but that unfortunately doesn’t mean that they can do it casually now without being thought of only as sexualized objects to look at.

Gwen Jacob was 19 when she arrested in Guelph for indecent exposure in 1991. She and a fellow university student noticed a group of guys naked from the waist up playing sports in the blistering sun and decided to take off her top after musing about the inequality of it all.

She was charged and fined $75.

Five years later, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the conviction and gave her back the money.

On July 19 this year, Jacob’s fight officially celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“With my hands shaking furiously, I took my shirt off and jammed it down the back of my shorts and I can’t tell you the freedom that entailed in that moment,” Jacob, now in her late 30s, said during a recent interview with Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in Sharon.

“I was scared to death, but there was a nearly euphoric sense of taking control of my own body … what my body was about and who it was for … although it actually took five years to win the case in court, I won right then,” she said.

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