Demand Sports Organization Take a Stand Against Misogyny

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Target: Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White

Goal: Create and enforce meaningful codes that make UFC fighters and employees responsible for acts of sexism

Women’s rights groups and advocates have come together in support of a Credo petition to stand up to and speak out against the pernicious sexism that has existed within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for years. UFC, which promotes professional cage fighting, is responsible for turning a blind eye to myriad instances of denigration of women within their organization. UFC fighters and company employees have been known to publicly make offensive and chauvinist comments about rape, assault, and domestic violence, and the organization does not have any institutional code for addressing such behavior. UFC fighter Rampage Jackson has a frightening YouTube video called “How To Pick Up a Gurl – Fast,” in which he attempts to attack a woman in a parking garage.  Rampage talks about using chloroform to “help her relax.” He also says, “I like this parking lot because my cousin work for the security company so I know the cameras are gonna be out of service right now.” As he prepares to rape his victim he also adds, “And I hope she got low self esteem.”In another disturbing incident, UFC light heavyweight fighter Forrest Griffin tweeted in 2011 “Rape is the new missionary.” He later apologized, but the organization itself has made no attempt to apologize for the systemic pervasiveness of sexism within its ranks. The website “unfit for children” has created a compilation of instances of misogynist statements and videos by UFC “athletes” and employees.

Other professional sports leagues have codes that outline punishments and sanctions for conduct like sexism. In their Credo petition, women’s rights advocates say the following about such codes: “We demand the UFC adopt, enforce, and make publicly available a code of conduct that holds UFC fighters and company representatives accountable for actions or remarks against women. The UFC, its sponsors, and Fox should have a zero tolerance policy against rape jokes, misogyny, sexism, and any other forms of debasement of women.”

Demand UFC create an institutional code that deals with the well-documented and disturbing sexism found within the organization.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dana White,

The examples of blatant sexism and misogyny found within your organization should be disturbing to all of your fans, sponsors and fighters. As a professional athletic league that broadcasts its programming to nearly a billion homes all over the world, you have a responsibility to speak out against these predatory comments and actions. Just because your sport is one about fighting and violence does not mean that violent rhetoric extending out of the ring, particularly about women, is admissible.

Please set an example for your supporters and sponsors, and create an enforceable and significant code against poor conduct that other professional sports leagues have adopted. Your young fans should be able to enjoy the sport without being indoctrinated into thinking that denigrating women is acceptable. Please take a stand and end the misogyny that exists within the UFC.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    what if women and men join the same sports team? gender equality is very important in all parts of places.

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