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For years feminists have complained about how the media exploits women. Cameramen are more than happy to ogle over women in bikinis and slinky dresses, and producers are happy to broadcast these images.
But now comes a new complaint: In a threatening letter sent to producers at ESPN and several Ohio State employees, one unhappy, anonymous viewer called out the sports network for its biased coverage of college cheerleading competitions. The author’s complaint: ESPN does not exploit women enough, since it refuses to showcase cheerleaders in revealing outfits.
''For the last 6 years, Ohio State cheerleaders have received more TV time than any other Division 1A cheer squad on ESPN, because they wear long sleeved red/white outfits,” the writer asserted. “If they wore sleeveless outfits, they would not get ANY TV time. So, we are fed up with this constant exploitation.”
After Ohio State and ESPN received these threatening letters, they were forwarded onto the FBI, which is now investigating. OSU athletic officials say that, despite the threats, there are no plans to dress the school’s cheerleaders in French maid uniforms. – Rebecca Meiser