"Some feel Musburger referring to Webb as attractive was just another example of men objectifying women during a sports broadcast. OK. But here’s guessing the chit-chatting women on ABC’s “The View” have probably said from time to time that a male actor or signer is handsome. Don’tcha think?
Poor fellas, always objectified."
Don't be obtuse, now. I agree that ESPN singling out Musburger was silly, because they're all just as bad, but it is undeniable that the media in general (which includes men and women) pays a creepy and disproportionate amount of attention to women's bodies. Even if Webb seems to have reaped some kind of benefits from the attention shown her during the broadcast, no one asked her for her consent before making her into a sex object on national television. That's the problem. The patriarchy allows men to assume that all women's bodies are available for public comment all the time, and that's sexist and creepy and wrong. Webb wasn't a public figure (or at least wasn't performing as one simply by being at her boyfriend's football game). Men do not suffer anything comparable.
It depends on the show and network you're watching. A football game will have a male-heavy audience and you'll have shots of cheerleaders and majorettes and pretty girls as a result. I'm guessing that if you flipped over to the Lifetime network you'd see a lot more handsome men in their programming. That was my point.
As for Webb not being a public figure, she's Miss Alabama and you can find her swimsuit photos all over the internet.
Are women objectified more than men in our society as a whole? Yes, I believe so. But in this case, it was simply a matter of giving the audience what it wants. Male football fans want to see pretty girls. Women who watch Lifetime movies like to see good-looking men (typically playing wife-beaters, wife-killers, or rapists).
I don't think that's being obtuse, just realistic.
Also, I don't believe that saying someone is pretty or handsome is the same as saying "Look at the ___________ on that one." So I didn't feel that Musburger crossed a line.
Just my take... and you're free to disagree. This one will play different for everyone.
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