Of course, men (and some women) enjoy any excuse to fix their eyes upon the female anatomy. But I’m not convinced that’s all there is to the story. After all, there are other sports (even male-dominated ones) which lack any equivalent. Sure, there are some similarities between ring card girls and the cheerleaders that perform at football and basketball games, but these are distinctly different phenomena. And ask yourself, why don’t we have ring card girls at the DMV? Or at the grocery store? Or at funerals? Why aren’t they holding up signs listing the current wait time, or a ticket #, or the parting words of the deceased? If it were truly as simple as “it’s fun to look at hot chicks”, wouldn’t we have found a way to expand their contributions to society? Indeed, the exclusivity among combat sports is intriguing.
If we come together, we can turn this dream into a reality. The world, and MMA, can be better. We just have to choose to make it better. Write to your representatives. Write to your favorite fighters. Write to the UFC. And proudly spread the message that everyone should have the right to become a ring card girl, even if they have testicles.