Stop the promotion and support of a Lingerie Football League in Australia.
  • Petitioned Senator Kate Lundy

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Sport and Recreation
Senator Kate Lundy
Event Organiser
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Event Organiser
Live Guide
Marketing Managers / Owners
TeleCafe
7 Yahoo Sports
7 Yahoo Sports
Ticketek Decision Makers
Ticketek
Event Management
Allphones Arena
Triple M
Triple M

Stop the promotion and support of a Lingerie Football League in Australia.

    1. Kristy Lang, Janice Dunlop and Kate Cooper @ Southern Teaching Unit   STU
    2. Petition by

      Kristy Lang, Janice Dunlop and Kate Cooper @ Southern Teaching Unit STU

      Moorabbin, Australia

The American Lingerie Football League (LFL) is touring Australia with "All-Star" Games to take place in Brisbane and Sydney in June. It has also been announced that the league will be introduced to our shores on a more permanent basis in 2013. For those of you not in the know, the LFL is an American, female grid-iron football game, where participants must be lingerie clad, to better expose their breasts and buttocks – the obvious attraction of the game. Triple M is supporting and promoting the league; we are petitioning them to withdraw this support.

Three Reasons why we will not support the following organisations: Triple M, Ticketek, 7 Yahoo Sport, Live Guide, Allphones Arena Sydney, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, and TeleCafe if they continue to support and promote the LFL  

1.   The LFL sends the message that women’s sport is only valuable if the subjects are sexually desirable (in a narrow and pornified way).  Rather than supporting a sport that, by its premise, sends this message, Triple M should seek to foster greater support for our existing female athletes and teams.  It also perpetuates the notion that women are inferior to men in athletic pursuits, since their athleticism is secondary to their sexuality. By promoting LFL, Triple M is undermining women’s sport. We already have fantastic women sportspersons and the idea that we need to objectify them to make women’s sport appealing is amoral… And frankly, heart-wrenching!    

2.     The LFL contributes to the negative impact of the overwhelming sexualization and objectification of women and girls in our society.   It reinforces the message that women’s value lies in their sexual desirability. This has important implications for the mental health and self-esteem of women today, as can be evidenced by the rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders among young women.              

3.     These organisation's support of the LFL does not adhere to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is the idea that enterprises should not benefit from harmful and exploitative activities. A goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for a company’s actions and seek to impact positively on society.  We expect this aim from them, as supporting the LFL is contrary to such a goal!  Until Triple M and the other organisations withdraw their support of this degrading public spectacle we will not listen to their radio station or support their companies.

The following letter is from a 14 year old male student:

Dear Triple M,

I am writing this letter to protest your support of the lingerie football league coming to Australia.

I beg you, I plead to you; please do not promote this horrible, pornographic, dehumanizing non sport coming to our country. I am a heterosexual adolescent male and I am appalled that this should even be considered. The entire life of every child born in modern day is bombarded with pornography in every media form seen or heard. Because of this their whole view on life is being sexualized. But this is going too far. Of all the pornographic things flooding life, this is the most objectifying, dehumanizing and foul representation of women that I have seen. As a very popular and good hearted radio station, beloved by millions, you cannot defile yourselves by associating Triple M with this mockery. This will represent our country in perhaps the worst way possible. I am 14 years old and I have only barely managed to not succumb to the crude and sexist thinking towards women but with this in the world the next generation will not be able to steer their thoughts otherwise.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Reconsider your decision on this for our children, for our society and for our country.

Yours sincerely,

Texus Kent, ( formerly proud Australian.)

 

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
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      Michael outlines three reasons why he thinks the LFL should not be a part of Australian Sporting Culture under the sub-headings that 1. Sport is asexual 2. Australian Sporting History and 3. I am a Man.

    4. Finally the Mainstream Media uses it voice for good!

      Finally, the mainstream media is representing the voices of the majoirty rather than the minority! A breath of fresh air after all the publicity that Chanel 9 has been giving this issue, a voice of reason...

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Minister for Sport - Kate Lundy Slams the LFL

      Sports Minister slams Lingerie Football League, but will she act? Please email Senator Kate Lundy and ask her that today: [email protected]. A powerful article that leaves little room for debate on this topic. Please foward this link onto all your networks. A voice like this behind this petition only adds strength to the validity of our cause. The women of Australia deserve more... Let's help achieve that.
      Have a read of this fantastic article and let Kate Lundy know your thoughts.

    7. Decision-maker Ticketek responds:

      Ticketek

      Hi there,

      This is the second request put forth to remove our e-mail address, [email protected], from your petition. Whilst affiliated with Ticketek, we are not Ticketek. Your petition is not reaching Ticketek, but is inst...


    8. The Herald Sun gets on board with supporting our campaign.

      A brilliant article by Melinda Tankard Reist was published yesterday in the Herald Sun entitled "This is About As Sexist As It Gets". A double page spread highlighting a lot of the misconceptions and the nasty little details of the LFL and of the appalling conditions that these so called 'sportswomen' have to endure. She mentions the fact that the Australian Sports Commission does not recognise lingerie football. It says that the LFL does not adhere to the 'core principals of sport in Australia - FAIRNESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY AND SAFETY'. The link is posted below, please share this news with all your contacts and help to raise more support for this campaign. We have seen a huge rise in the number of signatures since the article was publised yesterday! Thanks Melinda!!

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Decision-maker Ticketek responds:

      Ticketek

      This petition is being sent to ninemsn via the address [email protected] We are not listed on the petition and suspect our address is included on the list due to our affiliation with Ticketek. We are not Ticketek. Please re...


    11. Let's see what these talented, young, fully clothed footballer have to say!

      Watch and see how the real female footballers feel about their sport being belittled, commercialised and diminished like this.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Overnight achievements!!

      Last night when I checked our status there were 147 signatures and now today there are 426... Nearly 300 more caring and concerned members of the public supporting this cause in less that 24 hours. I am so excited about the support of this issue. Our students at the STU are very excited and are constantly checking the status and the number of signatures that we have. Keep up the good work as I am sure Triple M is starting to get the message about how Australia's really feel about this...

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Decision-maker Triple M responds:

      Triple M

      You hvae the wrong email address - we are not the radio station Triple M we are an airconditioning company.


    16. The Opinion section of The Age today!

      Jan Dunlop has written a fantastic article expressing outrage at the introduction and Triple M's support of, the Lingerie Football League into Australia. We are all so excited to see such a credible newspaper and media outlet publish this. The Age has a huge audience and now is the time to take action. Let's get this message out there again. Repost it on your Facebook, email it out to friends, have discussions with friends over dinner, email political representatives, write your own opinion pieces! Do something, as we know nothing will change if nothing is done! Thanks for all your support!

    17. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stephen Turner HIGHFIELDS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is degrading to women and the people who watch it. Wake up to yourselves and have some common decency instead of catering to perverts!!!

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    • Cathie Hutchinson MULGRAVE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Triple M would be better to promote our current female sports women. Secondly why would we want to promote an American Game probably at the expense of our own female sports. Already female sports promotion and coverage of female sports lags behind that of male counterparts. I can only imagine that the media would be drawn to covering this for its gimmicky value.

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    • elissa mizell MITCHELTON, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      sexualisation of women

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    • Fiona McNeil LEONGATHA, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have 2 daughters, I want them to know they will be valued in sport for what they do, not what they show.

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    • Jessica Mickan PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We've got an awesome sporting culture in Australia that girls and young women can aspire to. This 'league' negates that, and brings it back to the same bullshit bottom line, that everything women do must be sexy, and for men.

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