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    Ring Girls in MMA Detrimental to the Sport?

    article on female boxers:

    The traditional division of labor in pugilistic spectacle has men fighting while ring girls do a different kind of public body work more closely related to sex work than to manual labor. The ring girls at the Golden Gloves in Bethlehem had the long legs, prominent breasts, and glossy hair expected of them, they had obviously spent time working out in the gym to tone their bodies, and they had more flesh on display than did the female fighters (since the fighters wore shorts and sleeveless T-shirts), but compared with the fighters, they looked unsavory, even sickly. Kump, bigger and darker than McGonigal, was strong and well built, with a tattoo of Superman's S insignia high on one shoulder blade. McGonigal was compact and graceful, in fine fighting trim, with a smart, sharp-featured face and a thick blond braid swinging down her back in rhythmic counterpoint to the movements of her boxing style. On her shoulder blade she wore a tattoo of the Tasmanian Devil, the perpetual-motion cartoon character who rips insatiably through trees and everything else in his path. Stalking and planting to throw punches, the fighters made the ring girls' shapely calves and buttocks, tensed by high heels, seem like side effects of some unhealthy hobbling practice akin to foot binding.

    Some of the more demonstrative men in the crowd had hooted and called out perceptive remarks the first few times the ring girls made their rounds, but after a while the novelty began to wear off for all but the most dedicated poltroons. The women's bout, though, touched off a more general surge of wolfish behaviors that felt like an extension of the ring girls' reception. Something about potent, capable women in the ring caused even men who had been silent before to throw off their reserve and howl not just for female flesh but for women's blood (at least the kind that emerges north of the waistline). Evidently, it was stirring to see these women fight, and it was important to see at least one of them hurt. In the second round, when McGonigal was nailing Kump with solid punches and the referee was getting ready to step between them to wave off the fight, it sounded as if a hotly contested high school basketball game and a giant stag party were being held at the same time in the old gym...
    Last edited by slideyfoot; 4/27/2005 4:17am, .

    #2
    Now let's look at the counter-point.
    Hot girls.

    Any reason to see half-naked girls walking around is a good reason in my book.

    You really want to give this up?!
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    Last edited by Traditional Tom; 4/27/2005 5:23am, .

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      #3
      Tom wins by a KO...

      Tom for Pres...

      (dammit gotta stop drooling over my keyboard...)

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        #4
        sorry but I gotta go with Os. the drooling fans are going to be there whether ring girls are or not, and the psuedo intellectual cockshots who think thuggery is beneath them are probably man fuckers of the highest order anyway.

        besides if i am in a ring trying not to get the fuck beaten out of me I can AT LEAST have something nice to look at in the intermissions.

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          #5
          Ring girls are something of a tradition, as Os pointed out.

          As much as I or a lot of other bullshido forum members might appreciate a chess-like technical appreciation for a fight rather than a bloodlust thing I don't think that's what most people who were in the audience for the first UFC were there for.

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            #6
            The only time ring girls are bad for the sport is when they are ugly.

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              #7
              ...bring on the nubiles...

              By PC, do you mean Puritanically Correct? Hah ha--just kiddin'. You're alright. God bless you.

              I don't see how anyone can appreciate MMA events or be a fan of MMA from a PC Ivory Tower perspective, unless they're coming from some anthropological point of view. There also lies the dubiously "PC" choice of placing greater ethical valuation on ultra violent activies over girly-girls on parade.

              I can see how someone at an MMA event couldn't care less about suckin' and fuckin' stacked nubiles, but I just don't want to hear that sad story.

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                #8
                Slideyfoot, you are overly PC.

                If you are getting rid of ring girls, you better get rid of Cheerleaders and bikini contests as well.

                And if you do that, :angry5:

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                  #9
                  I....didn't realize that anyone pays attention to cheerleaders or bikini contests. I really, really didn't. I always figured that cheerleaders were a completely unimportant part of the football game, where the focus of the game was the athleticism and skill of the players as well as the overall strategy employed by each team.

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                    #10
                    Ring girls are first of all completely unnecessary. Anyone who goes to the match to see a fight won't care about the ring girls.

                    Do you have ring girls in a female boxing/mma match?

                    Do you have ring boys? You know, for women and gay people. It would seem to fit in with the whole mma thing

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                      #11
                      Ha, that would rock. Have one ring girl, and have one effeminate skinny man in a loincloth. :laughing6

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Wounded Ronin
                        I....didn't realize that anyone pays attention to cheerleaders or bikini contests. I really, really didn't. I always figured that cheerleaders were a completely unimportant part of the football game, where the focus of the game was the athleticism and skill of the players as well as the overall strategy employed by each team.

                        Sorry the what now... was to busy looking at the cheerleaders IN bikinis and not listening... :biggrin:

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                          #13
                          Slidey has a point.

                          But more importantly why are all ring girls plastic boobed overly made up bimbos with fake smiles? Why not exotic cuties with intoxicating eyes, all the right wiggles and an IQ of over 125 not allowed to do it?????? Travasty.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Wounded Ronin
                            I....didn't realize that anyone pays attention to cheerleaders or bikini contests. I really, really didn't. I always figured that cheerleaders were a completely unimportant part of the football game, where the focus of the game was the athleticism and skill of the players as well as the overall strategy employed by each team.
                            Yeh. It's not like the ring girls are all over you trying to get you to buy a lap dance. They can be ignored by way of stoic mental hygiene or you can just cover your eyes.

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                              #15
                              Perhaps ring girls at MMA events are a bit too hetero-normative. Let's neuter and sterilize everyone so that bothersome gender issues will no longer impede pure ass-kickinology. :jerk:
                              Last edited by lechuza; 4/27/2005 12:40pm, .

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