Re: WWE Holds Focus Group On Their Divas Division - Major Changes
Focus groups often give iffy results. Without knowing the makeup of the panel (which may be mentioned somewhere in this thread, but I didn't read it all, so whatever) I have no opinion one way or the other about the likelihood of this one being worth much.
Anyway, I wouldn't mind them hiring pretty and/or interesting girls in non-wrestling roles. That's fine. In fact, it's a good idea. But while they're at it, I'd like them to bring in others for their in-ring skills. Let the real female wrestlers do the wrestling and let the real models/actresses/cute athletic girls do what they have the skill set for. Best of both worlds and everyone's happy, including the female talent.
There's nothing wrong with women in...how to put this...supporting entertainment roles? I can only speak for myself, but I've played in both the athlete and the cheerleader role (and, BTW, cheerleading is actually sport with competitions and all the rest, not just dancing chicks on the sidelines). Both are fun to do and fun to watch and no, jumping around in a short skirt entertaining guys never left me feeling like a sexualized object. Also, running in the typical, lightweight and minimal warm-weather athletics gear doesn't give anyone the right to think of me as anything but an athlete.
At the same time, womens sport is not inherently inferior. There are some competitions where the ladies division is the more interesting and closely contested. Obviously this isn't the case in every sport, or even the majority, but a blanket dismissal of all of it isn't fair. Eh, some people do find women in sports not too dull. CBC Sports viewers voted Christine Sinclair – the captain of the Womens Olympic soccer team – Canadian athlete of the year. Just saying.