Monday 25 September 2017

Why no nudes would be good news for women

If female celebrities want to empower other women, they can do it in other ways apart from stripping off, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on the cover of ESPN
Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on the cover of ESPN

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's not hard to understand why tennis legend Serena Williams might want to pose naked on the cover of Vanity Fair. Since she first came on the scene, there have been legions of unkind comments about her muscular frame and typically "masculine" waist indentation.What better way to prove them wrong than by stripping off?

It's depressing, though, that Serena Williams feels a need to "prove" her femininity by stripping off, as if being brilliant at what you do isn't enough, you also have to show the world that you're hot as well. Her accomplishments should speak for themselves.

That's what was so refreshing about her response last week when middle-aged moaner John McEnroe declared that the world's No.1 female tennis star would only be ranked around 700 if the ratings for male and female players were combined.

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