Olympics Volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s BodieS

Today,………..Bush paid another visit to the American athletes, watching the women warm up for softball, regretting the disappearance of that sport from the next Olympics

“It’s good for the world to have girls playing softball and these women are going to show young girls how to win” and trying his hand, so to speak, at volleyball.

Pres. Bush declines to slap Misty May-Treanor’s bikinied butt

Bush knuckled off a couple of lobs, but defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh gave the chief executive some pointers.

Then after a good play, in the tradition of female volleyballers,
May-Treanor turned, bent over slightly and offered her bikinied rear-end for the 43rd president to slap.

“Mr. President,” she said, “want to?”

Want to has nothing to do with it in public life.

As the son of a president, a husband of nearly 37 years, the father of two daughters, the subject of some attempted tabloid exposes and a seasoned political veteran, who is not a female athlete but knows that every camera for a half-mile is trained on him, Bush wisely chose instead to brush his hand across the small of May-Treanor’s back.

Edited version of Misty May-Treanor extended her back side to the President of the United States:

No. It’s not cute. No. It’s not “all in good fun.”
The President of the United States deserves respect, as does his wife and two daughters.

Female volleyball medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s bodies are splattered all over the internet in their barely there bikinis hugging our President today.

Do you suppose they could have grabbed a cover-up before taking a picture with the President of the United States of America?
The shame of it all is that it wouldn’t even occur to them.

Female modesty has suffered a tragic death in popular culture.

Try to find information on female modesty and you will get this:

Is there no happy medium between this horrid misogyny and our carefree denial of the honor due the female body?

Mr. President says: “..these women are going to show young girls how to win”.

They’re apparently going to show young girls how to disrespect themselves, and teach men how to do so as well.

Now before the men start ranting about how American and cool it is to admire human female anatomy (in this case– the back end of it), and before the women start defending how “innocent” and sweet” this all this….

Stop to think: …………….with your Minds, that is.

A bit of background:

The first Olympics are held in ancient Greece. Women are excluded.

Thousands of years later…………………..

The Amateur Sports Act was passed in 1978. It required the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies for each sport to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.

It wasn’t until Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 that a federal law prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity at any educational institution.

Meaning: They required that women and men be provided an equitable opportunity to participate in sports.

One of Title IX’s purpose’s was to create the same opportunity and quality of treatment for female athletes as is afforded male athletes.

While participation of women has quadrupled over the last few decades, respect and “quality of treatment” of women has plummeted to an all time low in society.

Cheerleaders, which are nothing but young, “firm” girls and women sexualizing themselves, have always been considered a “publicity service”, and well……..it’s all about ratings.

S-ex appeals to men…and men………..bring up the ratings.

Math anyone?

What is the Amercian dream of an athlete at the Olympics?
Why do we root for them?

Because we believe that hard work, discipline and self-reliance should be rewarded.
It is one of our cultures central ideologies.

If Sports competitions are truly about talent, self-determination and individuality, why the focus on female anatomy again and again and again?

Could it be the clothing women insist on wearing less of year after year after year?

It’s unnecessary. It’s crude. It’s cheap. And it cheapens the sport and the flag they play under.

Who designs these “uniforms” for women that do nothing less than allow most of their body parts to hang out. And why.

Ratings. For whom..why men of course.

Let’s make sure men never forget that it’s not about the tennis prowess, the basketball skill, the volleyball expertise, the swimming proficiency, the skiing dexterity, the gymnastic competency.
It’s all about “her body”, and how much sexuality she exuuuudes.

Nowhere is this self exploitation more evident than in Hollywood’s many manipulations of what is beautiful and how women should look.

But in Sports?


Women have historically been marginalized or completely excluded from organized sports.
Women were told that they do not possess the appropriate aspects of masculinity, are lacking in physical strength and self-confidence.

Now that they have broken some barriers, women are told it is all about “empowerment.”

“Female empowerment” within popular culture is a joke.
The eroticized female body is the sole image that is acceptable.

Women’s sports are blatantly using sex appeal to sell their players. Careers of tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova (can she even play anymore?) are based almost entirely on how sexy they are.And what they “wont be wearing” at the next match.

Being ogled and lusted after.
Is that the goal of an Olympian athlete these days?

Indeed. Let us consider the ways in which representations of women in sports and individual athletes have evolved over time:

Cheerleaders in the 1950′s:

Women’s basketball:

Women’s baseball:

Target Practice:

Hockey:

Running:

Swimming:

Tennis:

Golf:

Notice how all these activities can be done dressed. Go figure.

Women compromise the honor they were given, as human beings created in the image of God, when they encourage men to view them as sexual objects.

Women now have the “right” to wear, or not wear whatever they want. And apparently, are excercising that one to the max.

What will Misty May-Treanor be remembered for ultimately?
Her athletic ability? Her strength? Her skill? Her medal?
No.
Her butt.

How adorable.

Someday, I suspect, this will come back to haunt her…………. and all women who were cheapened by her actions, and intelligent enough to realize just how much.

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47 Responses to “Olympics Volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh’s BodieS”

  1. Annie B says:

    CHILL!

    Please.

    There is nothing ‘immodest’ about being an athelete, or about wearing the uniform traditional and/or appropriate to a given sport.

    This is BEACH vollyball. It is played in a costume suited for NOT PICKING UP SAND. (And, of course, for controlling the center point of the body. Please note that her ‘bra’ section is built up to protect and restrain the bust area. )

    And – just to get the facts in here – not all sports costumes are getting smaller.

    Swim suits (shark suits) rowing suits, skate racing suits – all these are getting MORE skin covering. So are basketball uniforms – both for women and for men. Ditto baseball. (Long pants – not knee pants) It depends on the ergonomics of the sport.

    It is sad that past persons have sexualized what should be healthy and natural, but that is another topic.

    Perhaps First Lady LAURA Bush could have given the traditional ‘hug for luck’? Or would our disgusting tabloid press just have targeted her as well?

  2. Amboy says:

    The POTUS was right not to slap the behind of Misty, even though butt slapping is common among athletes. I doubt that she was trying to trip up the POTUS, I think she just got caught up in the moment.

    I agree with Annie that bikini’s are part in parcel with beach volleyball, having played it myself at the amateur level.

  3. DD2 says:

    It was a great game, Her butt was only a small part of it.

  4. Straight Shooter says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Angel!
    While I do understand the bikini in beach volleyball. I would love to see it be a tankini and not little more than butt floss.
    Those that are going to pooh-pooh the fact the uniforms are designed for being utilitarian in nature. You are correct, but so is Angel! There IS a middle ground. And sex appeal sadly wins out most of the time.
    I’d like to think they get caught up in the moment and forget they have tremendous influence on young minds – both female and male.

  5. Katie says:

    Since when is beach volleyball a real sport. It is something you do at the beach. As for their “uniform”, if they had a bust to go with the bikini then you could say something, but those women are some of the flattest things on the planet. They need those uniforms to show they aren’t men.

    OK I’ll retract the claws in.

  6. DebMc says:

    If the uniforms were all about not picking up sand then why are the men allowed to wear tanks and shorts? Wouldn’t a speedo be ‘better’ in that regard?

    The women are in skimpy two piece things for sex appeal. I think the contrast of men and women in the sport of beach volleyball is very interesting.

    Bravo to the President for being at the Games and for having the restraint to not butt slap the gal.

  7. EDGE says:

    I had to wear a speedo when I swam in high school…

    very tiny…

    but no girl ever gave me a butt slap. :(

  8. obob says:

    could have seen the lefties had GW tapped her tail? They would howled like a banshee in heat. Then been silent on Edwards.
    My wife asked if I thought they were small … I’m smiled but did not answer. So I am pig ;)

  9. Yankee Doodle says:

    I’m trying to picture Bill Clinton in a situation like that. You know — Presidential knee-pads and all…

    Angel, she only cheapened herself.

  10. KarLM says:

    Great work Angel on a “touchy” subject..
    The whole issue is an insult to intelligent men.
    There is no reasonable excuse why the women do not dress like the men in all sports that both participate in. (i.e.volleyball, tennis & track) other than the obvious.
    Eyeballs=$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    The entire purpose is simply to draw attention. This exact “science” is also being used in the advertisement arena..
    So Angel, you will probably receive many comments waxing poetic when in fact the “naked” truth is right in front of our eyes!!!!!!

  11. MK says:

    I didn’t know about the slapping of her backside. As much as i admire the female form, like any male, i still thought that was a bit too much.

    I don’t know what’s going on, even our Aussie girls, it’s gotten to the point where it’s kinda pointless wearing clothes anymore.

  12. Aurora says:

    Angel, I’m with you on this. Firstly, I can’t stand the soft-porn culture in which we live. Save it girls for the guy you marry. Don’t slather your sexuality around for the whole drooling world.
    And secondly, why is it that only the very sexy amongst women are worth anything at all? While beauty pageant contestants parade their stuff and win scholarships, their less pretty friends sit and watch from the audience wondering how they’re going to get their scholarship. OK OK, I know it’s got nothing to do with sport but it’s my pet peeve. On this topic, how is someone a better athlete cuz she’s prepared to show off her butt?

  13. Gayle says:

    Amboy, the POTUS did not slap her backside. He brushed his hand along the MIDDLE OF HER BACK! Please get it straight. The LA Times reported that it was her backside, then eight minutes later they made a correction. I knew it would only take eight minutes for this to get out, as wrong as it is! Dang!

    Well Angel my friend, at least they aren’t all naked. I guess we should be happy about that. Back in the days when the Olympics originated all the men were completely nude. Of course if things continue on the way they have been lately it may indeed come to that.

  14. Layla says:

    Wow Annie B. needs to chill. YES SWIMSUITS AND ALL OTHER ATHLETIC APPAREL IS GETTING SMALLER – WOMEN TENNIS PLAYERS LOOK MORE LIKE THE DALLAS COWBOY CHEER LEADERS AND IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS WOMEN SKATERS ARE DRESSING SCANTILY AND SOME LOOK LIKE A SOFT PORN BILL BILL BOARD. YOU CHILL ANNIE B!

    Angel you are so right on the mark. I have boycotted watching and or writing on the festivities because they are held in a nation that does not respect human rights.

    I was wrong the other day though. I misunderstood FNC – today on FNC it was the father and mother of an athelete that were stabbed by some deranged pervert – the father died, and the mother was in eight hours of surgery and the athlete to perform, never did – she is at her mothers side.

    See what happens when you go to China – why isn’t Bush visiting that woman in the hospital, her daughter, and consoling them – the cowboy loves his photo ops-you know they will go in his Library…..SPIT!

  15. OMMAG says:

    Hey at least they’re NOT trying to get them in thongs and stripper shoes….!

    Ok I’m being facetious eh….

    But REALLY what is the POINT of this story?

    The MSM trying to paint the pres as a misogynist?

    With all the REAL news in the world ….. who needs this confabulated poo?

  16. Brooke says:

    I’m glad that Bush chose not to slap her butt, but he really should not have touched her at all at that point. Ew!

    If she wants to degrade herself, fine. But please, not in front of our nation, our President, and the entire world.

    Great post as always, Angel.

  17. JMK says:

    There is indeed a trend toward over-sexualization and it’s important to be aware of it.

    I think, in Misty May-Treanor’s case, it was her actions that were more egregious than her wardrobe.

  18. Perri Nelson says:

    Weren’t the original Greek Olympic games conducted in the nude? Perhaps it’s just as well that women were excluded back then. The games might have devolved rather quickly into something else entirely…

    The President made the right choice not to slap her butt. As for Misty May-Treanor’s case… well, what else have young women been taught these days?

    Imagine the response if President Bush had taken her up on her offer… especially considering his political party!

  19. heidianne jackson says:

    i was a cheerleader back in high school and then college. my parents thought our skirts too short even though the came between our buttox and our knees. my niece is a cheerleader in high school now, in waller tx and if she were my daughter i wouldn’t let her out of the house!

    and it’s not just the clothes (or lack thereof) that’s creating this softporn/cheesecake society – it’s the makeup, too! when i was 14 i was FINALLY allowed to where makeup; i was allowed to where mascara and lip gloss.

    same rule i’ve given my daughters. and boy did that cause some fights. not so much with my oldest (she’s a die-hard tomboy and lives in flannels and cowboy boots) but with my youngest. seems that most of the girls in the school were allowed to start wearing makeup in fifth grade!! and since she’s year younger than most in her class, that would have made her 9/10 and she thought i was so mean!!!

    now-a-days she’s much more modest – could be that she’s not allowed out of the house otherwise. and she knows i’m bound to just show up somewhere to check on her. but hopefully that will keep her from pulling a misty at somepoint in her future!

  20. Always On Watch says:

    May-Treanor turned, bent over slightly and offered her bikinied rear-end for the 43rd president to slap.

    Egads! Does the girl have no sense whatsoever?

    Maybe she thought she was at a frat party. Even so….

  21. Defiant_Infidel says:

    May-Treanor is the one waaay out of line here… the very nauseating item is the intended skimpiness of the ‘uniform’ (as you well pointed out) and her very base public “offer” to the POTUS, with its’ painfully obvious purpose and agenda.

    I like girls. I adore the female human form. I see no need, only intended advantage, to parade it publicly. Yes, there is a happy medium, but it is lost on most everyone anymore. Cheerleading used to be about enthusiasm for rallying the team, not about simply taking a man’s mind under the bleachers. How exciting can it possibly be expected to remain, when all the mystery is completely removed? And when the hell did presenting this in public, in all possible ways and places, become someone’s ‘good idea’?

    I have never become more aware of this hypocritical double standard of conduct than since I started reading your posts declaratively bringing ‘attention’ to the trend. Thanks for halting my indoctrination, Angel.

  22. Z says:

    the volleyball players might as well wear nothing. I’ve been wanting to say that but thought I sounded like such a prude I ought to stay quiet. Thanks, Angel, you’re exactly right.
    Also, that Bush even patted her BACK was ridiculous. Wouldn’t you think he’d know what a picture like that might say?

  23. Otto - American Interests says:

    I’m with you too Angel, pity not many see it as you do. Hey. I fancy a lady as much as the next guy but soft porn’s intrusion into everyday life does nothing for me…As for the Olympics, NOT interested, think Human Rights!

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  25. Chelsea says:

    Angel you’re right on some points here… I’ll agree with JMK that it was Misty May’s actions rather than outfit that were egregious… offering your hiney to the president is just *not on*.

    But then you said this:
    “Women now have the “right” to wear, or not wear whatever they want. And apparently, are excercising that one to the max.”

    And I’ll disagree. The women’s olympic volleyball players are *obligated* to wear swimsuits that actually have restrictions on the *maximum* size. I believe they are allowed to wear a one piece, however none do because of the sand that can become uncomfortably trapped in the front of the suit during play. I can see why players choose to wear bikinis, but they don’t have the “right” to wear a loose tank and shorts.

    In contrast the men are required to wear shorts *and* shirt, and the US men’s team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers have actually commented that they would sometimes prefer to be allowed to play shirtless because of the heat.

    I also think the uniforms wouldn’t be *as* criticized if it weren’t for the party atmosphere and dancing girls on the courts. The dancing girls make the whole thing seem over sexualized but Kerri Walsh has said that her uniform makes her feel empowered and she hopes that women are inspired to be fit (I am!).

    So yah… Misty May needs to keep her butt to herself or her team mate. and I think if I were the president I would have politely declined to touch her at all. ;) But I’m not going to harp on the uniforms as much.

  26. Beverly says:

    And all this from a culture which has given us “GIRLS GONE WILD” as popular entertainment – why should anyone be surprised anymore?

  27. The Hermit says:

    I confess it. The olympics bore me to tears but I did watch the beach volley ball because of the good looking women. I’m married, I’m not a leacher, but I like seeing nice looking women. I can’t help it.

  28. Lori says:

    I must say that I was a gymnast, ran track, showed horses. In all of the competition (many years ago) it would have taken away from the competition. Men and women attended our events because we were good.
    When you allow men to look at the women in their lives with disdain for having the ‘balls’ to bring up the fact that no women wants the man she is with to stare at someone else’ backside etc. everyone loses. I am 49 and
    race sailboats, am fit (34, 25, 35) and can wear a bikini. This is not something that I share other than in an anymous forum but it begs my point. American society (I am firmly an american) is sliding down quickly in my opinion. For me, it is the falsity and pedophile nature of finding children or those 30 years younger sexually attractive deplorable. I know many ‘real’ solid men and they are grown up and honestly have intellects and don’t make the women in their lives feel badly by watching or gleaning that they are interested. In fact, they make the women in their lives (who are rock solid and hot appropriately for their age) feel beautiful. Right now the media is brainwashing many men that the women whom they are with are not attractive by throwing babies up on screen as the standard. These are not sexy men they are mentally stunted.

    A woman is beautiful through her confidence and kindness and class. These athletes are missing an important step in their lifetime development. When
    you put a focus on the physical (which changes) the talent that you had is
    watered down in your memory. I.E. cheerleaders as they grow older, (not all but many). I refused to cheerlead because I felt I would rather compete myself than cheer someone else on and not compete. I did always however cheer on teamates etc.

    I hope we get more posts with intellect and it gets out there somehow.

    Lori

  29. Z says:

    Defiant Infidel, I completely agree with your comment………

    Fascinating to read them all..thanks for bringing this up, Angel (as usual, terrific stuff and so well presented/illustrated, etc.) It’s also interesting to read that they MUST wear these ‘uniforms’.

    I believe nobody’s mentioned islam here……and I think it’s the elephant in the room. Surely, there has to be a happy medium between bikinis showing EVERYTHING and a disgusting bunch of cloth from head to toes (burkha).
    Would that we could set a better example instead of giving ammunition with which the islamic prudes can slam US.

  30. Xander says:

    Please don’t forget: athletes are famous because of their skills. not their body. in sports you get points for doing a good job. why there aren’t any nasty women or men on worlds best lists? because they don’t do sports!

  31. Dapoppins says:

    Great post, you really made me think about other than disrespecting the President, but also disrespecting herself and those who have gone before her.

  32. Jason says:

    I sense jealousy.

  33. ondrun says:

    Do you all realize these “girls” aren’t “girls”, they are women in their 30′s. They should be mature enough to know better to do some of the things they do such as presenting her backside for the POTUS for slapping.

  34. audrey says:

    i think misty may just got caught up in the moment and was having fun. she has a really playful personality and i don’t know if any of you saw the video of her sightseeing with her family, but she was on the Great Wall and dancing down the steps and doing all kinds of silly things.

    i guess i’m one of the only ones on here but i truly don’t think what she did was that wrong. Maybe a tad inappropriate now that I have been thinking about it for awhile, but it’s not like she pulled down her bikini bottoms for everyone to see & the president to smack.

  35. dj says:

    Wow!! It’s awful interesting that you didn’t mention the male swimmers/divers in the very small Speedos!! Go figure.

    DJ

  36. Jason says:

    I’m sure if all of the women complaining about Misty May had the opportunity to play in the Olympics they would choose to make a stand for woman power instead. It all sounds so lame. If you don’t want to be proud and show your body then don’t, but there is no need to complain about those who do. Why is it that so many people feel a need to control what everyone else does. Who cares. Live your life the way you want to but don’t whine about those who choose to live theirs differently.

  37. Lori says:

    For Jason,

    That is classic. It is not about the bodies per se. I am not sure that you will be able to understand this but I teach middle school and the girls
    are outright assaulted by the media and beach volleyball is the only sport at the olympics where the bikini is required. It is not an option. It doesn’t do a young girl any good if her father is watching it or hearing men go on about it in her life.

    The gymnasts wear the right leotard, the swimmers and divers wear appropriate bathing suits and I think looking at the beach volleyball physique that maybe they need to wear it for shock value because the swimmers and gymnasts look terrific and don’t have sell out. Gabrielle Reece doesn’t like the bikini at all.

    Enjoy Jason, I feel that the women in your life would probably never voice
    it to you because you would shut them down.

    As far as a need to control others, life doesn’t and shouldn’t work that way. I just have the great fortune to be in a solid relationship with a real
    man, we are both athletic etc. and don’t pine for the olympic dream. I also have solid men friends for years who don’t make these things issues and
    care for the young girls, daughters, nieces, etc. by showing respect for them.
    These topics don’t even come up and as hard as it may be for you to believe
    the guys actually change the channel and explain that that is not what sport is about. Two of these men are international soccer players. I suspect that you may be the type that is also intimidated by men who make more money than you and show it. That would be interesting to watch.

  38. Jason says:

    I agree with you that the media is borderline criminal with regard to the portrayal of women. I do not agree that beach volleyball players are treated unfairly or set a bad example for young women. Whether it does any good for young girls…I can’t say for sure but I know that I would rather have my daughter watching female athletes in the Olympics than almost anything else on television. There are much worse things happening everyday than the “outright assault” of the female beach volleyball players.
    As for the personal attacks, this is not a respect issue. If you knew me you would understand that although there may be many negative things you can say about me, lacking respect for women is not one of them. My wife is a triathlete and I have played international soccer as well, I congratulate anyone who can reach that level. I have also wrestled when I was younger and had to wear a singlet, do you think there are any wrestlers who like wearing those things? There are other outfits that would be much more comfortable and just as practical than those “banana hammocks,” but that is just part of the sport. I don’t understand how your having friends who are international soccer players or whether I am intimidated by men who make more money than me has anything to do with respect for women. My point was that if people don’t like what is on television then don’t watch it. It’s like the girl who cried wolf, when you complain about everything the important things get lost in the mix.

  39. Lori says:

    Jason,

    I am not sure if you understand the forum of the olympics. The american media is obsessed with the beach volleyball and it is not the men’s. The olympics are supposed to be above the pop culture sex sells mentality. I am happy with most of it but this trend is very mean spirited. I know for a fact that the bikini is required and that is deplorable. Either the men play in a very small suit and shirtless (which I have no desire to see either) or the women play in shorts that are more respectful. The camera shots strategically placed when on all fours is very intentional. I have a daughter who has a ‘perfect’ bikini body but does not flaunt it. She looks nice That is not what women are for. I hear the girls talk and this is (as well as many other things in the media) definitely doing them damage. It is not jealousy, they are already seeing themselves as inadequate and they are beautiful. They cannot voice it because they will be called ‘jealous’. I supervise 15 to 25 year-old coach/lifeguards that work for me and there is a developing intolerance for anything but a certain body type and the girls feel pressure. My guy coaches come to me all the time and many of them ‘get it’. I think a man’s place (if he is like this) is to stop all of the ogling and grow up for the sake of the women in his life. It changes when you get older, the flip side is many of those men are very grateful if they have a relationship and priorities shift. It is the media and the male contingent that feed the economic machine that is making life very difficult for our american girls. I am not saying that you are like this but I am sure you understand what I mean. Many girls are giving up and rising to the lowest common denominator because anything seems futile to them.

    I am not sure how old you are or if you have a daughter but that would
    probably make what I am saying easier to understand in daily life.

  40. Jen says:

    Just because you are a women in your 30′s + doesn’t mean that you can’t joke around. Specially with this POTUS, he flicked off a camera for crying out loud.
    Everybody needs to just stop whining about all the petty crap.
    Sport players smack each other on the behinds all the time, why? I don’t know, but it’s a sign of good sportsmanship and teamwork and obviously they were talking about it and it fit the the conversation. I am really just surprised he was smart enough not to take a good whack at it to tell you the truth.

  41. Don Prue says:

    Misty May has proven herself to the world and will go down in history. Unfortunately, for her, her prominate memory will be that she was never good enough for her father. He is a good motivator but I think it’s time for him to stop the critique and let her know she’s the best in the world. Tell her you’re proud and you love her Dad!
    Don Prue

  42. Amy says:

    I stumbled upon this blog thread by accident and found it very interesting and disturbing, as a woman, as I politely disagree with the women who have a problem with the display of too much body, feeling that it is disrespectful to women, that it could be construed as soft porn, even.

    I’m a woman, in my 30s, and have not been at all offended by any of the women’s sports attire during any of the Olympics. If women, who train and work as hard as these women do, are comfortable enough to show off the bodies that they are so proud of (and frankly, I would be too), then good for them. I don’t see it as degrading, nor as soft porn, as some of the others do. As a lover of art, I enjoy nude figure studies — why? Because the human body is beautiful, in all of its various shapes, forms and colors. I view these Olympic sports as an art form, one which shows the strength, beauty and abilities of what the human body, as well as spirit, is capable of. Someone mentioned that the sport is about ability and not the body. My belief is that the ability would not be there, or as developed, if it were not for these well-trained, well-sculpted bodies. The bodies are sculpted to a specific design which is dictated by the sport which they participate in. Swimmers tend to have a general shape, runners have another shape, and even more specifically within their particular event. The bodies are trained to achieve the highest level of ability. Isn’t ability and body one in the same, in a sense? They rely on each other. As I’ve watched many of the Olympic games, I found myself amazed at the number of muscle groups that I saw in the swimmers upper backs, at the core strength that the gymnasts require for balance, and at the quick agility and flexibility required for the sand volleyball. The runners aren’t using their legs alone — have you seen their abs and how hard their arms and upper bodies are working too? I enjoy watching their bodies — their bodies, which enable these amazing abilities. It was incredible to watch! The Olympics are about competition, strength, ability, the human body, intelligence, quick assessing of balance and rapidly changing factors, and the strength and determination of the human spirit at it’s absolute finest, and most tested moments. What is there to be ashamed of? The body is beautiful, a creation to be marveled at. As a woman, no, as a human, I enjoyed seeing May and Walsh’s beautiful, athletic, hard-trained Gold-winning bodies.

    As a side note, maybe these athletic, and healthy Olympic bodies, would be an inspiration to millions to get off of their butts, make some sort of change to seek healthier lives (both physically, as well as in spirit) through athletics, exercise, a balanced food routine, focused meditation (in the general sense of the word) and/or team sports.

    Why do people always have to view the human body so sexually? They only become sexual when we choose to view them that way. Love and honor your own bodies and spirits a little more and maybe you can appreciate others’ bodies for what they are — beautiful creations in and of themselves, and an outer casing for our souls.

    Congrats to our beautifully talented and intelligent Golden Girls!! Way to Go!

  43. Bernhard Hamaker says:

    The reason our culture sexualizes everything is that the average maturity level is decreasing. It will get worse. When we studied literature in schools and morals at home, some of us gleaned philosophical and moral value from the texts and teachers. We don’t have a moral education as a nation anymore, because moralists are looked down upon. Because some people don’t agree on what high values are, we’ve had to drop them–now ethicists make the calls. Without morals we become hedonists, which is what you see going on. The maturity (born of incentives to be more than merely animals) that allowed people to see the human form asexually has passed. We’re down to a laissez-faire culture that embraces idleness and wants to legalize everything fun, as long as you’re not hurting anyone without their consent. And we’re ending up with a lot of consenting hurt people who don’t know how to live without hurting others.

    Now I don’t mean to say that I believe we should be nude, even if we had that maturity. I believe modesty is a virtue. But wouldn’t it be nice if when a man saw a woman naked he would be embarrassed for her and try to clothe her, rather than ogling? That’s what we used to call humanity. Now it’s being replaced by the basest humanism.

  44. suzy says:

    The first Olympics were performed in the nude. All men. But you don’t condemn that. Do you know why? Because society has a reverence, respect, admiration and *pure* attitude towards the male physique. A woman’s body is despised as something dirty (even if prevailing attitudes don’t reflect this on the surface–subconsciously this is still true in Western society). So really, you condemn women in the same way as men (society) do and have done for hundreds of years. These attitudes need to be turned inside out in order to gain true power for ourselves and other women. They need to be turned out by women. This is a topic that can be looked at many ways, I don’t believe being ashamed of our bodies is the answer. Men aren’t ashamed of theirs.

    And I agree with everything Amy said as well.

  45. ellen m says:

    Being modest about one’s body, or being empowered is not the question here. Misty, by even offering her back to teh President offended her husband. Misty needs some self control, look at the way she gavce Jason Kidd the call me sign. One can look beautiful and still offer up some sense. Come on Misty this do anything say anything attitude of your needs to be more classy. You were acting like a stripper.,

  46. ellen m says:

    Being modest about one’s body, or being empowered is not the question here. Misty, by even offering her back to teh President offended her husband. Misty needs some self control, look at the way she gavce Jason Kidd the call me sign. One can look beautiful and still offer up some sense. Come on Misty this do anything say anything attitude of your needs to be more classy. You were acting like a stripper.,

  47. Lauren says:

    people shouldn’t show their bodies in sports I mean come on people!!!!!