In the documentary from my last post there was a section about research that Mary Jo Kane composed. Kane is a leading expert in gender and sports studies. The experiment she conducted asked people to look at pictures and pick the one that they would rather see of the female athletes. Pictures included action shots, fashion shots, and more revealing ‘model-type’ shots.
Of the pictures, like the ones above, the majority of people (male and female) in the study picked action shots. Some people asked to pick more than one. Those people included the pictures of the athletes dressed up. Stating that they would like to be seen as classy women as well. Surprisingly it was not just men who picked the revealing shots.