I didn’t really want to write about this, it has been spoken about far too much, but something had to be said. In case you haven’t heard, sometime after the grand a young lady had her photo taken with an AFL premiership medal draped around her neck. The issue that is causing a stir is the fact that the medal was all she was wearing. I know that we live in a very sensitive time, the AFL and the media are all about promoting equality, which I one hundred percent agree with. The AFL also wants to be seen as an industry that respects and values Women, again a positive in my eyes. The problem with all of this is now, every time something semi controversial pops up the AFL has to chime in and get involved to promote this image, even when there shouldn’t be an issue at all.
I agree that a topless picture with the premiership medal is not ideal for the AFL or Richmond Football Club. But why is this a big deal? If every media outlet and certified journo on twitter weren’t posting about it, most people wouldn’t even know it existed. Now the police are investigating… WHY?? What crime has been committed? Nude pictures are taken and leaked all the time, I understand if the Woman involved has not consented to the photo and wants to protect herself, but her face is not in the photo and from the looks she would have known it was being taken.
Some people may read this and jump on the bandwagon saying that its disrespectful to Women and objectifying them, but isn’t part of the equality debate that Women’s bodies are their own and they have a right to show them off. The phrase and hash tag ‘#FreeTheNipple’ come to mind. As far as equality goes, back in 2015 Nat Fyfe won the Brownlow and had a photo taken with no shirt on and the medal around his neck but nobody cared. The media loved it, they saw it as a candid moment of relaxation and not one person suggested it was inappropriate. No police were called and the AFL was not asked to comment. Why the double standard?
If a Woman wants to take a topless photo with the Premiership medal for a good story to tell her mates or just a bit of fun that is her choice. If she allows someone else to take a photo of her like that, again this should be her choice. The only time this should be an issue is if the Woman in question did not know about or consent to the photo being taken. If you are aware of it happening and consent to it you have to know the risks that it could leak out into the world, it has happened to plenty of people before and will continue to happen.
This should be a lesson to everyone out there to be careful about taking naked photos but also a lesson that we need to lighten up. It’s just some boobs with a medal in between them people, get over it.