He might be but he doesn't trade in willingly on his sexuality now does he? The women in wrestling have their sexuality amped up to highly trashy proportions cosmetically and in the behaviour they demonstrate on screen and off. In and out of the ring it is how they sell themselves.
I won't argue with that at all. Indeed, you are correct. In real life, I wouldn't be seen hanging out with someone like Velvet Sky because of guilt by association. Now, the woman who plays
her might be quite different. The problem for me is when people equate the character with the actual person. I notice how people say, "I hate SuperCena but John Cena is [insert positive characteristic here]" - and yes, they do that, though you'd never guess it judging by these forums.
But women are not given the benefit of the doubt; if they act like sluts on screen, they're assumed to really be that. Just makes me think of all the comments that I've read where people say Velvet should do porn. But, it does not surprise me that people say that; it doesn't exactly bother me, either, b/c it "makes sense" in the weirdest of ways, but let's be fair here. And you make a point with Punk, but the thing w/a lot of women (I won't speak for all) is that he doesn't have to. Him just being him does all the work; it need not be a deliberate effort. All women like a confident man; men and confident women, not so much. She needs to be hot. At least that's the impression I get from male wrestling fans over the years.
I've never denied that the Knockouts are trashy; that's part of their twisted appeal. They used to have some non-trashy ones, but those are gone for the most part. If they have in-ring talent in spite of their trashiness, I don't like when that's dismissed; I don't like when women's wrestling is dismissed in general, b/c it's largely not like what they show on mainstream tv. If they're gonna be trashy, then they can be as trashy as they want, but they'd still better know how to wrestle, and if they can, it's stupid to disregard that they can. But, really, why wouldn't they? Both WWE and TNA have done a disservice to women's wrestling in portraying it as they have, to where those who might have cared are just corrupted by the image of buttcheeks in the camera. The cameramen stay on their jobs making sure we get it in our heads just what the Knockouts are primarily there for. More's the pity, but that's how it is.
It's convoluted at this point. lol Anyway, I get
it. I just don't have to like it.