Aussie players respect for women DVD comes under fire

February 22nd, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Feb 22 (ANI): The interactive DVD by Australian Football League (AFL) that asks Aussie footballers if they would sleep with their mate’s girlfriend has come under fire.

While some ridicule the effort branding it as baseless and demeaning, at least one academic applauded the sport’s administrators for “working with all the possible realities” of its players’ lives.

The DVD is being produced in an effort to improve athletes’ respect for, and attitudes towards, women.

While the script has not yet been released, three draft questions, which will form the basis for scenes illustrated in the DVD, have been revealed.

They include a scenario in which a mate’s girlfriend calls a player into her room under the mistaken impression he is her boyfriend.

“Do you: (a) Go and hop into bed and pretend to be him; or (b) Walk away,” the draft question asks.

Women’s Forum Australia director Melinda Tankard Reist said while the AFL’s intentions were noble, the DVD went the wrong way about achieving its goals.

“It’s just another sign of how demeaning and exploitative attitudes towards women have become so normalized and entrenched in society,” The Daily Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

“It’s a sad commentary on male-female interaction in the year 2008 that AFL players need an interactive DVD to teach them maybe it’s not a good idea to take advantage of a mate’s girlfriend who thinks you’re her boyfriend. Have things really sunk this low?” she added. (ANI)

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