A cyclist from Belgium got some heat for his tasteless and crude gesture over the weekend at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium. By the look of things, Peter Sagan is a loser in more ways than one.
As Fabian Cancellara stands on the winners podium in first place with women on each side of him, Sagan is caught squeezing the derrière of the woman to his left. Evidently, he isn't the best cyclist or the best at understanding that you can't touch other people's bodies without permission.
Aside from this display of immaturity at its best, a deeper concern is why these women put themselves in the position to be seen as prizes to be won. Come on, if the two men in the picture weren't in typical cycling attire, you would think that the winner won the two women, not a sporting event.
So, the question is 'why do women allow themselves to be used in this way?' It's one thing to have a job where your body is an expression of your art. For example, fashion models use their bodies to display designer's clothes. Singers use their bodies to physically express their song lyrics and actresses use their bodies to convey emotion without words. That's all par for the course. But what are the women in the picture using their bodies for?
It's quite possible that these women are educated, smart, sophisticated, innovative women who run multi-million dollar companies, so why do they send the message that their greatest talent is their curves (or lack thereof depending on your culture)? Psychologically speaking, where do the self esteem levels lie of the nameless women who sign up for this?
The psychology of women is a huge aspect of psychology that bears its own website; however, one argument is that these women buy into the notion that their greatest asset is their perfectly-shaped bottom (the play on words here is way too obvious).
Women should definitely buy into the idea that "if you have it, flaunt it." The question is, "What is it?"
Psychology Is Everywhere!