Ok, friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I don’t normally ‘passion blog’, but today I felt this needed to be shared.
This morning I got a phone call that inspired me to start looking into who the top performing female athletes are (strength, endurance, stamina, etc…) so I started a little personal online research. I started with YouTube. I wanted to see the fruits of my search in action!
My search was quickly halted.
Why is it when searching for the ‘Best Female Athletes’, the YouTube search produce 11 out of 20 videos that come up on the first page have nothing to do with the performance but rather the body or ‘sexiness’ of the female athlete. Titles like “20 Hottest Athletes” or “Sexiest Female Athletes” littered my search results page. Here’s a screen shot image of the top two results…
I found this disturbing, so I had to find out what comes up when searching “Best Male Athletes”. 7 out of 20 came up. Not much better, but I’ll admit I thought it’d be much lower.
The point I intend to make is the same.
I was looking to find the best of the best as far as human athletic performance and was disappointed to find that about half (give or take for female vs male search results) on just YouTube were related to sex appeal instead.
I realize it’s human nature to rate anyone in the public eye (or right in front of us) by our standards of physical aesthetics, I definitely notice attractive individuals too, but come on! These are people. Not just ordinary people either. They’re highly trained physical performance machines! But most of the world (the YouTube world at least) would rather see what they look like rather than how amazing their physical feats are and could be.
This is my opinion, of course, but I had to share what I found to encourage all who are reading this to realize how you’re viewing other people. Are they objects for your own personal appreciation and pleasure? Or are they people, with abilities and souls and feelings and talents to be given appreciation and encouragement? I see it as an amazing opportunity to lift up someone else for their God-given strengths and praise their Creator for the incredible works he has done! This isn’t about comparison either. Not everyone is an athlete, but everyone deserves to be seen as a person to be cared for and loved rather than an object to use up and dispose of.
While I write this, the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place. I hope watching the games reminds you to consider these things and in turn change how you/we view people, whether they’re our next door neighbors or international personalities.
Your Turn: Is this the fault of an assumed gender role? Is it the media’s fault? Is it natural and acceptable and I’m just overreacting? Tell me your thoughts on my findings in the comments box below and share this post on your social media. I’d love to discuss this topic!