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Posted February 28, 2013 by WomensMMA in News
 
 

Anti-MMA Sentiment Targets Women’s MMA


Rousey vs. Carmouche, UFC 157

Rousey vs. Carmouche, UFC 157

This past weekend’s UFC title fight between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche has gotten a spectacular amount of media attention. But unfortunately, not all of that attention is good. In an OpEd for OnMilwaukee.com, staff writer Dave Begel¬†attempted to denigrate the sport as another form of pornography:

“Think about it: Put two women in scanty clothes into a locked room (the octagon), let them take off after each other and and roll around on the ground, legs locked together and sweat dripping off each of them. Sound like some kind of porn? Of course, and it plays into the fantasy of lots and lots of men.”

Dave Begel, author of the opinion piece

Dave Begel, author of the opinion piece

Begel is not the first person to try and equate Mixed Martial Arts with pornography. Recently South Dakota state representative Steve Hickey attempted to compare MMA with Child Pornography in his quest to get the sport banned in that state. But having achieved main event status in world’s most popular MMA promotion, the Ulitimate Fighting Championship, female fighters are now being subjected to the same level of vitriol, albeit with a more insidious twist. ¬†The notion that there is something gratuitous about women participating in combat sports appears to be emerging as a socially acceptable form of the criticism against men’s MMA or grappling, in that there were supposedly homosexual overtones.

However, these minor, albeit infuriating salvos of criticism, tend to come mostly from old men whose relevance to the world of sport lies only in their ability to write about it. Younger generations, including those who are more Internet-savvy, find as much amusement as outrage, as evidenced by comments to the original article such as the one by “Electricsheep81”:

“Don’t pay attention to these losers, Dave, that was a GREAT article!!!! Much like yourself, I too view women’s MMA as a form of pornography. For the last few years I hid my addiction from my family, friends, and fellow MMA enthusiasts. I would find myself getting uncomfortable when a woman like Cristiane Santos “competed”, because the people I’m watching it with are viewing it as a mixed martial art’s competition, while I’m watching her “compete” for other reasons (wink wink you know what I’m talking about Dave). Anyways Dave, keep up the great work. We are a very small minority with our fetish, but with your resources to speak the the public, you can be our voice and we can finally be heard!!! God speed and party on!!

You can read this man’s hit piece here. You can send him an email here.