“Equal pay for equal work”, is one of the fundamental rules based on which discrimination between the sexes in workplaces has been abolished. But all these rules disappear like the Newtonian Physics at the Quantum level, at the CELEBRITY levels. In women’s tennis, besides the low standards of tennis played by women – that is , compared to the men’s tennis- the number of sets played by women is always best of three and not five like in men’s tennis. So the EQUALITY OF PAY principle breaks down. So why do the women players demand and succeed in getting equal PRIZE MONEY despite playing fewer sets?
The REASON IS OUT. Serena Williams has done a nude photo shoot for ESPN magazine. There one could see Serena Williams sitting as if she were in a yoga asana, legs crossed and the arms crossed too. She ain’t showing anything that she has not shown on the courts. This NUDE of Serena is all hype. The International Tennis Federation doesn’t want to give her a berth in the 2010 Australian Open because of this nude photo. If one hasn’t seen the photo, one could have a peek at it from the following link:
Serena is first of all not NAKED. it is merely stated to be a NUDE photo. Any student of art would know that to be called a NUDE there has to be something visible either on the painting or photo or sculpture that shows the HUMAN BODY parts that are normally kept concealed. Further it should be artistic otherwise it degenerates into NAKEDNESS. In any case, most of the woman’s tennis players with the exception of Chris Evert, Steffi Graff, Justin Henin and their ilk, have been girls who played more glamorously on courts than efficiently. Anna Kournikova is a good case on this point. She got more publicity for her glamour than her tennis. Anna Kournikova had not won a single grand slam event, yet she had created a keen interest in the minds of the tennis fans. The viewership built over the years for Woman’s tennis is more for the glamour than any tennis skills. The media, which keeps a tab on the viewership and a keen eye on the advertisement revenues, were charging the same cost per second on the advert placed, just as Men’s tennis. There have been MMS clips and YOUTUBE snippets which have been in circulation that showed woman tennis players in scanty dresses in very poor light. The skirts were getting higher and higher and their skills and endurance shorter and shorter. The older generation was watching these women players with avuncular indulgence while the younger generation made role models out of them.
In effect, the PRIZE MONEY for both men’s tennis and women’s tennis had reached parity. But the reasons were concealed in the high sounding DECLARATIONS of parity in pay regardless of gender and EQUALITY AMONG THE SEXES. This was all bunkum. It was viable simply because the viewership of women’s tennis ( at the grand slam level) almost remained the same as that of Men’s tennis. But the ITF never acknowledged that it was the REVENUE that was the reason for such parity. And the viewership was more because of the predominant glamour element that pervaded women’s tennis.
NOW THAT THE ITA IS GETTING A LITTLE UPPITY ABOUT SERENA GOING NUDE ON THE ESPN MAGAZINE IS NOTHING BUT UNADULTERATED HYPOCRISY. IT STARTED IN THE TENNIS COURTS AND HAS JUST SPILLED OVER.
IF ANYONE HAS SEEN ANY NUDITY IN THE ESPN ISSUE. please CONFIRM THAT SHE WAS INDEED IN THE NUDE, SO THAT I COULD USE MY IMAGINATION TO FIGURE OUT SERENA’S NUDITY! She has crossed her legs and thereby had done the job of a panty and has crossed her arms over her breasts which has done the function of a bra!! Where is the nudity? The whole nudity is akin to some of the paintings of Eve, where her long hair conceals her breasts and her pubic zone!! If at all anyone could legitimately claim to have seen Serena in that nude shot, it could be the photographer himself/herself!
BORED CELEBRITIES FIND THEIR OWN WAYS AND REASONS FOR DOING SILLY THINGS IN LIFE.
MARIA SHARAPOVA WHERE ARE YOU, MAYBE WE COULD HAVE THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF TENNIS IF ONLY SHE DARES TO DOFF THE BIKINI!!
BUT GOOD SHOW, WOMEN’S TENNIS!! KEEP SHOWING.