Pinching the Podium Girl

elvisApril 1, 2013

Is it time for conversation about the "ingrained objectification of women in the world of cycling. Is the winner taking home a cycling title or an armful of women?"

-snip-"Peter Sagan may have finished second in the Tour of Flanders in Belgium on Sunday, but he definitely took first when it came to "jokes" that backfired in a big way.

Sagan, a 23-year-old cyclist from Belgium, is attracting plenty of criticism from the cycling world and beyond after he pinched the backside of a podium girl during the medal ceremony. The mischievous grin on Sagan's face suggests he was hamming it up for the cameras that were trained on him, but he quickly learned the error of his ways once the photo made its way around the Internet.

"Shame that Peter Sagan has so much class on a bike and so very little off of it," fellow rider Michael Hutchinson later tweeted.

The photograph has actually opened up a much-needed debate about the presence of the smooch-happy podium girls and the ingrained objectification of women in the world of cycling. Is the winner taking home a cycling title or an armful of women? It sends the wrong message, especially for young women actually looking to hop on a cycle instead of a cyclist.

More than a few people have pointed out that the woman in question was planting a wet one on the cheek of winner Fabian Cancellara, as if that meant she were somehow asking for it. Of course she wasn't, but the mixed messages the "tradition" sends is proof enough that it's time to come up with a better way to celebrate a win.

Sagan later apologized for his action."

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Pidge

Nothing surprising about the incident. Objectifying women and thinking of them as sex toys is so culturally ingrained that most folks don't even notice.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 7:17PM
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Pidge

Here is a Dolce and Gabbana ad that makes clear how men are encouraged to think of women as gang-bang objects. Ads like this don't cause sexual abuse of women, but they do create an environment in which it appears to be no big deal.

Here is a link that might be useful: She's in her underwear!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 7:23PM
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elvis

"Here is a Dolce and Gabbana ad..."

That's a lot of photos, Pidge. I think that might be ALL the D & G ads.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 7:38PM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

I find it fascinating seeing the comments about Jon Hamm getting tired of being objectified for his...erm...manhood.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 11:55PM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

The male animal is hard to contain...

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:16AM
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jodik_gw

No harder than the female, Tobr... it's called self control.

I would concur, Pidge.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:35AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

But Mommy Nature is in charge a great deal of the time...

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:59AM
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Pidge

Sorry, Elvis--I meant to just put up the one with the scantily clad woman being pinned down by the bare-chested guy while other guys watch. The treatment of women as objects of male agression, even abuse, is culturally sanctioned, even encouraged by ads like these.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 6:49AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

That's OK, pidge, I liked the Marilyn one...

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 6:56AM
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jodik_gw

What does that even mean, Tobr? You mean to tell me that double standards are okay because people shouldn't be taught or expected to use self control?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:33AM
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rob333

I have a male relative who is signed with Wilhe... you know who. And I think some of his stuff objectifies him. We should not objectify anyone. Women are far more susceptible to it, though.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:46AM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

You mean the podium girl was not there to be pinched?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 11:09AM
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david52 Zone 6

Inject that much testosterone before every race, whadja expect?

This post was edited by david52 on Tue, Apr 2, 13 at 12:50

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 11:21AM
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jodik_gw

Before you pinch me, might I interest you in the number of a good oral surgeon? There's a distinct possibility you may need one. ;-)

Now... what if that pinch to the podium girl's rear end was followed by that podium girl's foot to the testicular area of the cyclist? Would that be okay?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 2:13PM
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rob333

Would it be okay?

Heck, I'd prefer it!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 2:23PM
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jodik_gw

Alright, Robin! ;-)

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 3:18PM
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