Agnieszka Radwanska is, apparently, a tennis star. More than that, she’s No.4 in the world.
This sentence will tell you all that I know about tennis….nothing!
However she has come to the attention of the SLN News Desk by posing nude (yet showing little) for ESPN magazine -something else I didn’t know existed- and receiving a barrage of criticism in Poland, her home country, much of it emanating from the Catholic Church.
Radwanska, a Catholic herself (almost all of Poland would be Catholic) was previously a poster girl for a Catholic youth organisation, Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), and declaring herself to be proud of her faith in a commercial. (The fact that the organisation is making commercials with this message may be telling in that it perhaps demonstrates a declining level of faith in previously solidly Catholic Poland).
And yet by posing nude she has incurred the wrath of those unmarried and (allegedly) celibate men, priests.
I’ve made no secret of my distaste for organised religion on these boards before. That’s not to say I would classify myself as Christian, agnostic or atheist; I really do like the entire ethos of the gospel of Christ, it’s just I can’t stand the idiots running His show.
Yet some dog-collared moron is spending time chastising her for posing.
Senior Catholic priest Father Marek Dziewiecki said: ‘It’s a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love.
‘If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives.’
Er, no…she wouldn’t. Chances are her future husband, if she is to have one and is Polish, has already seen these photos. So has his family. Chances are they’d be thrilled their son/grandson/newphew/brother is dating a gorgeous looking girl and Polish sporting icon. Chances are that this sort of idiotic bile lessens the likelihood she’ll raise Catholic children, or have them inducted into a backward looking church whose popularity declines thanks to its backward ethos.
And did no one tell Father Dziewiecki that Ms. Radwanska and her body are creations of God? She represents one half of God’s greatest creations, man and woman. Do we really need any input from a representative of a patriarchal and increasingly irrelevant church?
The background sources to this report come from the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. The Telegraph takes time to conduct a poll, asking if it’s OK for sports stars to pose naked. Why just sports stars?
The results (at time of writing this article) are shown below.
The opinion of the readership of a right-wing and conservative UK newspaper! 🙂
While knowing nothing of tennis, I have played it, nude, in Second Life, at Rokutman Westinghouse’s much-missed naturist sim. I’m not going to trawl the archive just now, but I do know we took some photos there of me chasing, rather than hitting, a ball! 🙂
While Rok’s sim may be gone, I did manage to locate one tennis court in SL, and challenged my friend James to a game. I mean that….one game. 🙂
Maybe my game would improve with more appropriate footwear! 🙂
Yep! Still thinking about the match. Maybe we should just toss a coin for it and the loser buys the strawberries and ice cream.
Well…that didn’t last long! James has won the game and the match. Phew! Time for another sit-down.
James takes to the umpire’s chair while I retrieve the racquets and balls. More exercise than I got during the match!