Agnieszka Radwanska: Catholic Church Shuns Tennis Star For Non-Titty & Non-Punani Photoshoot

Twitter (ARadwanska)

Twitter (ARadwanska)

Of coooourse, with all good things comes an overreaction. A Polish catholic group has dropped all affiliations with the #4 ranked tennis star after she posed nude for ESPN magazine’s body issue.

Krucjata Mlodych, a youth advocacy group that made Agnieszka Radwanska one of its ambassadors, called her photoshoot, “immoral behavior.” Senior Catholic priest Father Marek Dziewiecki told the Daily Mail that “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.”

He went on to say: “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.”

Ummm.

ESPN The Magazine Editor in Chief Chad Millman told the Associated Press that the athletes are “proud of the work they put into being strong and powerful and we’re proud that they trust us to capture that.”

A devout Catholic with a tactical approach combining lobs and slices, Radwanska’s  spread was more cute than vulgar. She sat on a beach chair, nude, dipping her toes into a pool filled with floating tennis balls. A short piece accompanied each athlete’s spread, detailing the game-day mindset and aspirations. Seriously, it was an innocent pictorial.

The body is a temple and we should do our best to preserve our historical landmarks, blah blah blah. Whatever, I get it. And while some of the magazine’s subscribers may be a bunch of pervs, what the Polish group couldn’t seem to grasp is the emergence of female pride. It’s more than just posing nude – it’s liberation. It’s no secret that women were held back by a guard tower that told them that women had to act a certain way. Long gone are those days. In addition to an ongoing women’s rights struggle, we also celebrate women and their contributions all the while respecting their values and beliefs.

Why downplay Radwanska’s photoshoot when it can be empowering for others? Those with traditional standards should keep an open mind, especially in this day and age. Not only should we celebrate your women, but we should trust them to know their limits. It’s not like the tennis star was posing punani to the wind.

Respect women. Respect their decisions. Keep your mind open.

The advocacy group should reach out and communicate with Radwanska if possible. It would be unfortunate if it were to end this way.

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One Response to Agnieszka Radwanska: Catholic Church Shuns Tennis Star For Non-Titty & Non-Punani Photoshoot

  1. Topaz says:

    It could have definitely been worse, that’s for sure.

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