Dress it up all you like, but Fighting Spirit Magazine’s new ‘Siren Search’ competition is hideously depressingly sexist.
You can add female judges to the panel all you like – thanks, Winter and Alpha Female!
The idea behind the ‘Siren Search’ – SIREN SEARCH! – is to get more women involved in wrestling.
That is a terrific idea, and one I fully support.
Except, you know, these Sirens won’t be wrestlers. Who’d want to see that, after all?
To be fair, their justification for saying that wrestlers aren’t part of the search is because you’d need to have proper rigorous in-ring training for that. (Hilariously, they seem to think that being a TV presenter, a reporter or an actress doesn’t require proper schooling to do it well. The judging panel consists of two current wrestlers and two current promoters.)
So the Siren Search seeks women with “look, presence and charm”. I think we can also safely assume that means “willing to wear skimpy outfits, big tits, and happy to fake lesbianism if need be”.
Jamie Lewis Hadley, the man behind BritWresFest, God bless him, says he’s struggled with the portrayal of women in the media. Me too, Jamie. Portrayals just like being called “sirens”, perhaps? A term historically associated with women who lure men in with their gorgeousness and destroy them? Just like women have been portrayed in wrestling for the past few decades?
Still, I do look forward to equality of opportunity, and FSM’s no doubt forthcoming Stud Search, where men are given a break from being expected to take all those bumps in the ring, and instead are given the chance to wander round in tight sparkly hotpants, smiling sweetly, and carrying the female wrestlers’ gear for them.