Is the Huffington Post branching out into sexist upskirt shots?

Wimbledon is supposed to be about decorum and propriety. And yet it seems that much of the respect that is automatically conferred upon the male tennis fraternity does not extend to women.

Wimbledon is supposed to be about decorum and propriety. And yet it seems that much of the respect that is automatically conferred upon the male tennis fraternity does not extend to women.

First there was the disgraceful abuse directed at Wimbledon women’s champion Marion Bartoli, who was labeled an “undeserving ugly fat slut” by Twitter sexists for having the temerity to not be a tall blonde tennis champion.

Now the Huffington Post appears to be branching out into upskirt shots of women on court, following in the footsteps of that other high brow publication the Daily Sport.

One Show presenter Alex Jones interviewed Andy Murray the other day, and whilst on the Wimbledon courts she engaged in a quick knockabout.

Alex Jones

For the Huffington Post, however, the most interesting thing to come out of the interview appears to be the fact that a photographer managed to get a pervy shot of Ms Jones’s backside as she smashed a forehand over the net (so you know to stay on the page HP make sure they let you know there are “PICS”).

Huffington Post

Upskirt huff

It’s hard to know where to start with this.

Firstly the Huffington Post appears to believe that the only reason a woman could possibly be news worthy at Wimbledon is if she exposes a certain amount of flesh.

Secondly it looks like a pretty egregious violation of privacy.

Is it ok to photograph a woman’s bum – without (I assume) her consent – to give readers a “cheeky glimpse”?

Apparently so.

Not that the idea of leering at unsuspecting women who are unknowingly exposing flesh has anything to do with the perpetuation of sexism, of course.

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