Right now over at NFL.com, the league has a slideshow of players’ wives and girlfriends and is inviting readers to “compare” them. “See how Ryan Tannehill’s wife, Lauren, compares to other notable NFL wives and girlfriends,” the front page reads.
We agree with Houston Texans beat writer Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) that this is totally inappropriate for the league’s website. There seems little rationale for this slideshow — with its giant photos — other than to drive traffic to the website based on sexist imagery. The NFL then encourages readers to judge these women based on their looks.
In the last few years, the NFL has cultivated a sizable and passionate female fan base. It is disrespecting these fans by encouraging such boorish behavior. This sexist display is inappropriate and should be removed immediately.
From the front page of NFL.com:
An example of the slideshow:
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