Wednesday, December 23, 1998
SLAM! Wrestling Guest Column
Enjoy the sexiness, forget sexism
Wrestling is not politically correct. It never has been and never will be. But there has been a trend that I've noticed recently, more in the WWF than WCW regarding the addition of several women to their roster.
Many wrestling fans (women in particular) have been saying that the women the WWF have hired have been misused and exploited. The only thing that Sable, Terri Runnels, Debra and the rest are used for is to run around in bikinis or tight outfits while not actually doing anything. The WWF is making these women look bad by only using them as props. If this is true, where does that leave the men in wrestling?
Now, before everyone starts sending me hate mail, let's get one thing straight. I do not agree with some of the stupid angles (ie: Terri Runnels' pregnancy, Terri and Jaqueline having fun with "Sexual Chocolate") these women have been doing. Now with that out of the way, let's get down to the business part of my article.
Ok, so the women in wrestling are scantily clad and are treated badly by ogling male fans who don't respect them. But the men do not wear tight outfits and are respected by all who come into contact with them, right? Wrong.
The men in wrestling have been wearing less than the women for eons. These guys run around in their underwear (for the most part) every night. The men in wrestling are often more exploited than the women when it comes to outfits and the good looking guys are often used as props. If my memory serves me correctly, Shawn Michaels was dancing around the ring in spandex and showing his butt long before Sable wore a bikini to the ring (see ladder match from WrestleMania X for further reference).
How many of you guys out there would feel comfortable in spandex shorts, and nothing else night after night in front of millions of people? I'd like to ask Billy Gunn what it's like to show his behind 47 consecutive times in one night. How many of you men out there would wear a leopard print G-string? Hey guys, isn't Billy Gunn being exploited and used because his butt looks good? I'm sure the ladies don't think so.
I am female, and I do not get offended if Terri Runnels or Sable comes to the ring in next to nothing because I know that as soon as they are gone, HHH or Billy Gunn is going to come out in an outfit that looks like it was painted on. There is too much of a double standard going on in wrestling. Too many people are getting upset if a women dresses a certain way, but the forget that the men have been dressing this way for a much longer time. Look at what wrestlers like Brutus Beefcake, Randy Savage and Rick Rude wore in the eighties. Not much at all. But heaven forbid that Miss Elizabeth would have worn something inappropriate back then. People complain if Debra McMichael starts to strip, but don't realize that if she took off some clothes, she would be wearing almost as much as Jeff Jarrett does on a regular basis.
Another thing to consider is that if these women did not want to dress this way, I'm sure they would not be forced to wear revealing outfits. That's grounds for a lawsuit. It's just so accepted for the men to be wearing barely anything that no one makes a stink about it.
So next time you "women's libbers" start complaining about Sable's or Chyna's outfits, why don't you wait for guys like Billy Gunn, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and The Rock to come on and then you'll be in for a real treat....
Mary Catherine Adams is from Sarnia, Ontario. She can be emailed at email@example.com