A random thought popped into my head today? What does it take to become a journalist? Is it having superb writing skills? Is it having a passion for the topics you write about? What is it exactly?
Recently there have been several “journalists” pop up in the MMA scene that I can’t figure out just yet; what are you doing? Are you trying to help out the sport? Are you trying to make a name for yourself? What is it?
For those that know me, I personally am not one to contribute my journalististic skills through writing, although I am capable of such. I like to display them through video. But this recent onslaught of plain “creepiness” by one person who tends to blog about Women’s MMA has me a bit frustrated and concerned.
Not too long ago I came across a post on the Examiner, written by Eric Holden, that rated I believe, the Top 15 or 20 “Hottest” Women in MMA. Being that I am not only a fan of Women’s MMA, but a fan of beautiful, athletic women, I was forced to click the link. After scrolling through the rankings and seeing pictures of these women, I was shocked and appalled by some of these rankings. I’m a huge fan of Ronda Rousey, and on this list, she was Ranked last…. LAST! Now, I know rankings are subjective to whoever is doing them, but come on now, out of ALL the women in MMA, she’s not in your top 5? Okay, fine, for whatever reason, you don’t think she deserves to be ranked that high, I’m cool with that.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’ve seen various Women’s MMA article of his (seems to be his “passion”), which all tend to throw out the phrase “sex appeal”. There are fighters who are trying to promote Women’s MMA in a legitimate way, not by being some “sexy girl fighting” or what have you, but by promoting their skills in the cage. Now, there are some who do a great job at selling the “sex” side of the sport like Ronda Rousey and Felice Herrig, but they are also handling business in the cage. To suggest that when two highly attractive women step into the cage to compete and you are reporting on the “sex appeal” and not their skill set, that’s a problem. I would rather not see Women’s MMA go the way of lingerie football (although I enjoy watching women in lingerie tackle one another).
Now to the point of my frustration. Today I saw a post about Jordan Gaza who has an upcoming fight against Amber Stautzenberger at Dakota Fighting Championships 15. Within the first paragraph of the article, he mentions how he had an exclusive interview with Jordan, and then later goes in to her upcoming fight. Well now I’m confused. The title of the article is “Jordan Nicole Gaza rocks cute Hello Kitty shorts during MMA training”. My problem here, WHAT THE HELL DOES HELLO KITTY SHORTS HAVE TO DO WITH A FIGHT?!?! Is it too much to ask for an “MMA Journalist” to report about fighting, rather than on what shorts the female fighter is wearing during training? Is it also necessary to use terms such as “vixen”, “beauty” and bombshell” to promote the sport? I get it, sex sells. But it’s not a journalist’s job to sell the sex, it’s the fighter’s. There’s a place for that in the world, but not necessarily when talking about female athletes ALL the time. Do your job in helping promote the sport of Women’s MMA, and not by creeping on these young ladies in the process.
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