Fact: ‘Siren Search’ is just another way to make wrestling more sexist

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.

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2 Responses to Fact: ‘Siren Search’ is just another way to make wrestling more sexist

  1. ValkyrieSmudge says:

    Hmm, I’m in two minds about it really. On one side, I agree with their justification for not looking for female wrestlers. Better this than the embarrassment that was the divas side of Tough Enough. And speaking of Tough Enough, the other problem with looking for new wrestling talent in a competition like this is that they just won’t be ready any time soon, and if you’re going to pull this sort of marketing shenanigan, you want to have something to show for it before people forget. And managers/commentators/etc. are still an important part of wrestling. The sirens point is fair enough, and maybe calling them Amazons or whatever would be more empowering, but realistically, it’s still a reasonably powerful name and I amn’t bothered too much by it.

    What I do have a lot more issue with is that so much of that article enforces the idea that it is absolutely essential for a woman in wrestling to be “sexy”. Do you think the same is applied to male wrestlers? I’m sure that was uppermost in the WWE’s minds when they hired Brodus Clay and The Great Khali.

    Do FSM really think marketing every single woman in wrestling as sexy is going to engage female audiences? A clue: no chance! Hell, my favourite women in wrestling have almost exclusively been the ones *not* marketed as sexy (darling Katie Lea being the only exception but she’s fabulous and was hardly Layla or Velvet Sky). Give me a Cheerleader Melissa or a Chyna (pre-crazy porno phase) or, most of all, Kharma.

    The same Kharma went in for one of the WWE’s star search vehicles and got ditched for being too fat and not having the diva look. No, she doesn’t have the diva look, but she has actual wrestling talent and a tough attitude that any girl can look up to. That’s why everyone I know adores her. I had to look up who won that season of Tough Enough – “Miss Jackie” and “Shaniqua”. Remember them? Thought not….

  2. Tobias Amsel says:

    Really depressing to have to read this. Was about to order a subscription for FSM, but after this I most definitely will not! If you need women in a non wrestling role. Why not use the female stars and workers of yesteryear? It would make a whole lot of sense, revive older viewers interest and add some legitimacy.

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