Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Rank Photographers And Rankin's Cleavage

It's ironic that some of our nation's sports photographers (and their editors) are acting like pimply 13 year olds in the same week that various news media have displayed their distaste about the treatment of ex CEO of the Department of Work and Income, Christine Rankin, as a 'sexual icon'.

It was such a relief, some years ago now, when finally, sports camera men filming the cricket gave up spending the breaks in play by searching out 'tits and ass' in the audience at our great sporting arenas, and started displaying a little respect and brainpower. Finally it had dawned on the Cricket Association of the day that the sport's survival lay in becoming a game for all the family.

The women I hung out with became enthusiastic about attending cricket matches again without the discomfort of being perved at by drunken louts in the terraces indulging in the activity reinforced by the media of the day. And at home we could finally enjoy watching the game without giving up after feeling angry or embarassed at the pathetic perviness of sweaty little camera men.

So it's disappointing to see these juvenile attitudes creeping back into the photos of one of our national dailies, the Dominion. Especially in the same week that people, including editors, are expressing their disgust at personal remarks made about the way a CEO choses to dress.

The photos of women tennis players, one on the front of the Dominion during the week and one in the sports section on Saturday threw me back to the anger that I'd hoped could be left behind in bygone days of rather purile perving by photographers in our national media.

I really can't believe that throughout the various games of tennis played that the 'best' action shots available of these talented and professional sports women were a) one of female player walking away from the camera, trying to adjust her nickers and revealing her bottom in the process, and b) one of another female player with her knees bent and spread and skirt raised in the wind revealing a full frontal of her crotch (and before you go searching for it kids, she did have her nickers on!). I couldn't find a single equivalent among the photos of male sportsmen this week.

I'll concede that it's pretty clear that athletic bods are popular, even with me. But we really don't need to perve up people's shorts to enjoy the game.

Most readers in today's world expect a national daily newspaper to approach their subjects with respect and maturity. Those photos showed neither respect nor maturity. The photographers and editors involved might be more suited to a job with 'Big Brother Uncut' or a 'lads' magazine where at least the subjects have consented to their vivid exposure and the audience has deliberately chosen the experience.

Those of us simply trying to keep up with the daily news shouldn't have to put up with it.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news