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Stop the Lingerie Football League in Australia
  • Petitioned Triple M

This petition was delivered to:

Triple M
Telecafe
7 Yahoo Sports
Live Guide
Ticketek
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Allphones Arena Sydney

Stop the Lingerie Football League in Australia

    1. Lily Munroe
    2. Petition by

      Lily Munroe

      Queensland, Australia

[UPDATE] 

Thanks to more than 5,000 people who signed our petition to stop the Lingerie Football League, negative publicity for the trial games in Australia led to record low numbers. 

Organisers pumped thousands of dollars into last minute advertising in a desperate attempt to ensure the events were a success -- but they still didn't reach half the stadium capacity. We've also heard that a sponsor pulled out of the Sydney event after the negative media attention.

But there's still a real risk that the LFL will try and return to Australia next year to establish a permanent league. Whether or not it goes ahead depends almost entirely on whether key brands back them financially. 

If major sponsors of their Sydney venue like Allphones pull their support for the Lingerie Football League, it'll end any possibility of them setting up permanently in Australia. Can you post a comment on Allphones' facebook page now and tell them to stop supporting this sexist event happening in their stadium?

Join us in posting on Allphones' facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AllphonesOfficial

Here's some suggestions on what you might like to post about:

 - Why you disagree with the Lingerie Football League coming to Australia

- Why it's important to you that Allphones doesn't allow sexist events like this in a stadium they sponsor

- And what impact it will have on your choice of where to buy a phone

Many of the major venues in Australia are managed by the same company - which means that if they hear from one sponsor - it could impact their willingness to allow the LFL to use any major venues across the country.

At the event in Sydney last month, one of the players lost her pants during the game and this moment was re-played on the big screen. Blow up dolls were passed around the crowd. Security had to intervene when a group of men attempted to grab an LFL player.  An older female host had beer thrown at her when she asked men to stop stacking beer cups together. 

We need Allphones to know that this kind of event is not going to be tolerated. Please post on their facebook wall here: https://www.facebook.com/AllphonesOfficial

About this Petition

The Lingerie Football League (LFL) is coming to Australia for two promotional matches in June and July, followed by an official launch in 2013. Founder and LFL chairman Mitch Mortaza proudly states that LFL is “brutality, sport and entertainment combined into one”. The LFL “True Fantasy Football” requires female players to wear lingerie while playing a modified version of US NFL football.

Players are contractually obliged to accept ‘accidental nudity’ as part of the game. The uniforms make it inevitable that these women will have their breasts and more exposed at some time during the game. However, they are forbidden to wear ‘additional garments’ underneath their lingerie, which would prevent flesh exposure, and are fined $500 if they do. 

When Tampa Breeze Florida player Liz Gorman was asked on radio about the uniforms, she admitted, “Oh. Well, honestly, I don’t like it, I’d rather wear full clothing. Because when you fall, it literally rips your skin.”

Unlike male US NFL players, limited safety equipment is worn to ensure maximum exposure of the women’s bodies. Mortazza, has repeatedly emphasised injuries experienced by female players when promoting the ‘sport.’  

The LFL has been careful to design their so-called “safety equipment” around the premise of maximum body exposure. Martin Winquist from The Sheaf (2012) writes:

"Both the lingerie and the padding (consisting of modified football shoulder pads, optional elbow pads, knee pads and hockey helmets with half-visors) are minimal enough to ensure none of them obscure the usually ample cleavage of the athlete…. Winquist rejects the notion that the game is not about objectification, explaining that, “As much as the league’s media spin-doctors may claim the league is about football and that these women are just like any other athletes, one look at the uniforms, the equipment, the ads and the athletes themselves must send our bullshit detectors into overdrive.”

Women are not paid, or are paid very poorly. Players have been threatened with legal action by the LFL for complaining or enquiring about health coverage and wages.  Mortaza has acknowledged the women who played in the league are “former college-level athletes that have few other alternatives if they want to continue to compete at a high level in women’s sport.”

No Australian sportsman would ever accept these conditions. No Australian sportswoman should have to either.

"This is objectification at its most pernicious -- give women an opportunity to participate in a sport that they haven't had the chance to do for pay and publicly previously, but only let them do it if they are stereotypically pretty and willing to do it in their underwear" says Courtney Martin 

The LFL has been pitched as the ‘ultimate live sports experience’. We believe the LFL is the ultimate sexual exploitation of women in sport. The LFL reinforces sexist stereotypes about women and further entrenches men’s sense of entitlement to women’s bodies. 

The LFL presents women as sexual objects, undermining women’s equal participation in sport. The Australian Government Ausport website concludes on sexploitation that erotic, revealing outfits or nudity in women’s sport:

“sends conflicting and confusing messages to the media, the community and to other athletes. It also undermines the efforts to achieve equal credibility for all women athletes”. 

We call on all who are involved in hosting, promoting, advertising or otherwise supporting the LFL to withdraw such support immediately. 

Cancel the events. Pull the advertising. Withdraw from promotional deals.

The Lingerie Football League must not go ahead in Australia. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. New Lingerie Football League Petition,your continued support is appreciated

      Lily Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      The Australian newspaper reported recently that Channel Seven (7mate) will be broadcasting the Lingerie Football League when it comes to Australia this month.

      We are now petitioning channel Seven to consider the valid objections from sporting bodies around the nation, including the Australian Sporting Commission, and asking them to please not broadcast the LFL.

      Thank you for signing and sharing this new petition,

      http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/channel-7-don-t-broadcast-sexist-lingerie-football-league

      And for your continued support.

      Kind regards,

      Lily Munroe

      Channel 7: Don't broadcast sexist Lingerie Football League

      The Australian newspaper reported yesterday that Channel Seven (7mate) will be broadcasting the Lingerie Football League when it comes to Australia in...

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Ticketek now selling tickets '2 for 1'

      Lily Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      Trouble with ticket sales? Hard to know, but we're pretty sure that Ticketeks offer of '2 for the price of 1' is not a sign that tickets are selling well.

    5. Melinda Liszewski on 612abc Brisbane radio

      Lily Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      Melinda Liszewski discusses how the Lingerie Football League is a threat to women's equality in sport.

    6. Melinda Tankard Reist on Canberra Radio

      Lily Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      Melinda Tankard Reist shares info about the Lingerie Football League with listeners, including the fact that sponsors are offering $50000 in sponsorship to football clubs only for 'Lingerie' versions of women's football.

      Click on the link below to listen.

    7. Reached 2,500 signatures
    8. Brisbane Entertainment Centre pushing the Lingerie Football League

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      The Brisbane Entertainment Centre is pushing the Lingerie Football League more than any of their other upcoming events. Those attending the NKOTBSB concert in Brisbane were greeted with:

      A flashing mobile sign at the entrance to the car park promoting the LFL event
      An enormous poster on the balcony overlooking the main outdoor area
      Two televisions suspended from the ceiling near the merchandise sales area, playing looped LFL footage

      Check out the photo at the link below.

      Contact The Brisbane Entertainment Centre directly here: http://www.brisent.com.au/Contact.aspx (copy and paste link into address bar)

    9. Melinda Tankard Reist debates Derryn Hinch on 3AW radio

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      Great discussion about the Lingerie Football League on Derryn Hinch's radio program. Melinda Tankard Reist makes some excellent points about the LFL. Hinch's arguments against Melinda's position on the issue included male divers and Warwick Capper.

      Click the link below to listen to the debate.

    10. This is about as sexist as it gets

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      Co-founder of Collective Shout Melinda Tankard Reist has written about our campaign against the Lingerie Football League in The Sunday Herald Sun.

      (If you can't read the article and are asked to 'subscribe,' type the headline into Google and click on the search result. You should be able to read the entire article from there)

      Alternately, visit Melinda Tankard Reist's blog for the entire article (copy and paste link into URL)

      http://melindatankardreist.com/2012/05/when-women-are-sport-lingerie-football-comes-to-australia/

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Support the petition calling on Triple M to stop promoting the LFL

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      Please also sign this petition calling on Triple M to stop promoting the Lingerie Football League in Australia started by Kristy Lang, Janice Dunlop and Kate Cooper @ Southern Teaching Unit STU.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/triple-m-stop-the-promotion-and-support-of-a-lingerie-football-league-in-australia

      Thanks for starting this petition! We have never heard of Triple M promoting any other women's sport. We call on Triple M to withdraw their advertising for the LFL and to instead promote genuine, non-expoitive Australian Women's sport.

    13. Outcry over Lingerie Football League's planned Australian visit

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      Article in The Herald Sun mentions this petition and includes comments from Collective Shout co-founder Melinda Liszewski Also included are some great comments from the Australian Womensport and Recreation president Janice Crosswhite.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Our Festivals Australia removes articles promoting the LFL from website

      Collective Shout
      Petition Organizer

      One of the targets of our petition - Our Festivals Australia, http://www.our-festivals-australia.com - has removed articles promoting the Lingerie Football League from its website.

      Thanks Our Festivals Australia for your prompt and positive response to this campaign.

    16. Reached 50 signatures

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    • lucinda slevin AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      What is this teaching girls who want to play sport? Its not about your ability, you just need to look sexy...

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    • Di Ferguson AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Just more smutt,where will it end?Our men will never leave the couch.

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    • Amy Cutler SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      LFL is sexist, demeaning, and just plain degrading. I would like to see it banned world-wide!

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    • Siobhan McGreal AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      Here is a blatant example of the never-ending sexual objectification of women. We're now at the end of 2013 and while men's football is watched religiously in Australia, for women playing football to get on a main station they have to get all their clothes off, great reminder to our bright young women looking to succeed in sport and other areas that you're only going to get as much attention as men when you're getting your tits out..

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    • Lorna Yeo PISSED OFF BAY, AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      I cannot believe in this day and age anyone except a sleazy sex club is supporting something like this. Is this honestly what the supporters and promoters see as ok for a sports team to have to do - just because they are female?? I am ASTOUNDED that channel 7 has actually chosen to make money on this!! Disgusting call 7. You will have lowered your image immeasurably in so many eyes and are showing what you consider to be an acceptable example image wise to ALL of the public not just the sickos who find this entertainment. As far as the girls go, it will only infer that the idea that sports people can't have brains holds a great deal of merit.

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