By Adeyemi and Moawad
Saturday, February 24, 2007
After years of pressure, the Wimbledon tennis championship agreed this week to pay female players as much as it pays men, the Washington Post reported Feb. 22. The organization said it will match other Grand Slam events and pay equally for each round at this year's tournament, held every June and July in London. The purse will be announced in April.
"Tennis is one of the few sports in which women and men compete in the same event at the same time," Wimbledon club chair Tim Phillips said. "We believe our decision to offer prize money provides a boost for the game as a whole and recognizes the enormous contribution that women players make to the game and to Wimbledon."
Female ski jumpers in Canada are pressing ahead with efforts to be included in the Winter Olympics by filing a human rights complaint against the Canadian government, CBC Sports reported Feb. 5. On Nov. 29, the International Olympic Committee excluded women's ski jumping from the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
Brent Morrice, chair of Ski Jumping Canada, vowed to back the Canadian team. "Truly these girls are ready to compete, and it is the right thing to do," Morrice told the CBC.
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American Psychological Association report
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Sexualized images of girls in advertisements and other media harm girls emotionally and physically, a Feb. 19 study by the Washington-based American Psychological Association says.
The report analyzed 300 studies over an 18-month period and found that suggestive images of girls and young women in television, music videos, song lyrics, magazines, film, video games and the Internet may cause them to develop negative self-images and views of their bodies, USA Today reported Feb. 19. Research data also found a correlation between sexualized media images and three of the most common mental health problems in girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression.
The report cited the popular Bratz dolls as an example of a product aimed at children 4 to 8 years old that is "associated with an objectified adult sexuality."
"Verbal harassment and social exclusion are other fall-out effects of this as well," said Taneika Taylor, director of GenderPAC'S Children As They Are, a parent support network located in Washington, D.C. "This report is a wake-up call to parents who have been distressed by images of scantily-clad girls preoccupied with appearance and using sex to vie for young boys' attention."
Toyin Adeyemi is an independent journalist based in New York City. Nouhad Moawad oversees Women's eNews' Arabic site.
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