Target: Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White
Goal: Create and enforce meaningful codes that make UFC fighters and employees responsible for acts of sexism
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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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