Sexism in climbing images
Today, something interesting popped up on the Womenclimb Twitter feed. I had to take a second look at the strange image with which I was presented. Was a climbing website trying to promote climbing, a sport which has freedom of thought and being at its heart, with the picture of a naked women in a reclined position scantily clad in a rope? ‘Well’, I thought, ‘it must be a crap website if they have to resort to the ‘sex sells’ approach’.
It is often difficult to know how to respond to something that is sexist, without wanting to come across as a man-hater, which I certainly am not. I love men. And I love women; I love diversity and respect and difference.
I contemplated further and deduced that the person posting this image either a) doesn’t understand the climbing community very well, b) doesn’t care about alienating 50% of the climbing population (or more, as it seems that quite a few men think this is absurd/unnecessary) and/or c) lives in the dark ages. Or it’s a publicity stunt. Whichever combination of these this editor falls into, it’s probably an idea to reflect on the fact that we are in the 21st century. A time when women in climbing are pushing boundaries in what they do rather than having to do it because of what they look like.
So, WHAT TO DO?
In this situation I find that voting with your feet, or your finger, is the best approach. I’ve decided that I won’t be visiting that website now or in the future and for that reason I’m not posting the link on here. They’re not having any benefit from me.