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Gina Carano Has No Idea Where You’re Getting This ‘Sex Symbol’ Stuff

(Gina pretends not to realize how hot she is.)

Over at Yahoo! Kevin Iole is doing his typical fighter fluff piece, extolling the virtues of Gina Carano and simultaneously forcing a storyline about her sister’s struggle with drug addiction into every possible inch of the article. Seems like someone really took to heart those journalism classes where they discussed ‘theme’.

Anyway, one of the more interesting moments comes when Carano expresses confusion at MMA fans and their preoccupation with her as a sex object:

“All the attention has helped me, but it’s also hurt me,” she said. “Sometimes, you get portrayed the way you don’t want to be portrayed. People start thinking about you a certain way. I’m like, ‘What’s everybody talking about with this sex appeal thing?’ I don’t get it. I’m not that way. I’m not that person and I’m never going to be that girl, because it’s not in me to get people’s attention sexually. But that’s what people are saying out there now.”

I have to ask myself a couple different questions when I read that. For starters, do I believe that Gina Carano doesn’t realize that she is very attractive for a woman in general, and extremely attractive for a successful female athlete? I do not. I’m pretty sure she knows by now. I’m also pretty sure she knows that it’s a big part of the reason she’s getting all these career opportunities outside of MMA while other female fighters toil in relative obscurity.

If my assumptions are correct, then I have to ask myself, why is she being so coy about it? If she realizes that the Maxim photo shoot and the tight American Gladiators outfit were designed to promote her as a sex object, why is she pretending to be surprised? The answer, I suspect, is that no matter how great the money and attention is, it probably gets really annoying to have everyone focus on only one thing about you, especially if that one thing is your looks.

This is where I feel the briefest of sympathy for her. She’s a pro fighter who happens to have been born beautiful. She earned her fighting ability and her MMA credentials through training and hard work. She just got lucky in the looks department. At first she probably welcomed that attention because, who wouldn’t? Then there was the money that comes with being the MMA covergirl and the American Gladiators star. Again, who wouldn’t seize the opportunity to get paid?

But at some point it’s going to get old. You’re going to want people to recognize you for what you’re actually doing with your life. Again, she’s fighting on CBS this weekend and she’s the only female MMA fighter most people know, if they know any at all, so my sympathy is so very, very fleeting.

It just seems as if Carano is ill-served by the ‘who-me?’ attitude when people focus on her looks. There’s no getting around it, and it is undoubtedly part of the reason she’s gotten so much attention from the media, so why not take control of it?

I’m not saying she should striptease her way to the cage, but neither should she pretend that she’s not a willing participant in this game. She is, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Just go with it. Go with it, and give to the world more weirdly sexy photos like this one, which threaten to do dangerous things to male-female relations for a long time to come.


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DAN THE VIKING- April 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Hey hows it going?
Sarah- April 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm
Jeremy- December 10, 2008 at 11:23 am
lmfao u people are sick in the fukkin head... are u shittin me??? fukkin h8rz would be here bloggin n talkin shit about some 1 dat made it big doin somethin dat they love 2 do... fact still remaines she hotter den any of u dub fukks talkin shit n she'll still whoop dat ass any day of da week... believe dat...
Anonymous- December 6, 2008 at 1:03 am
I honestly don't care. Being beautiful has its problems I suppose, but listen bitch, the grass is greener I suppose, but people that are not beautiful, or that, like me, are ugly have it a hell of a lot harder. Hands down. So shut the fuck up. She's got a fucking easy life.
Theboss- October 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm
The only reason anyone has any negative things to say abput Gina is because there
jeolous. She has what most of you nay sayers want, and are to lazy or to stupid to
go and get. admire her for her beauty, and respect her for what shes accomplished.
Decatonkeil- September 26, 2008 at 11:19 am
Hmmm... that says many good things from her... I think she's quite right, her point of view is to be respected, because she wants to be admired for other things than that BUT the reallity is that she's SO beautiful that everyone who has ever watched that program wants to see her nude. What's the problem? Don't do girls want to see action movie actors showing muscles nude? Why can't we want it too from her? She mustn't hear our demands if we want but I think there are many respectful ways of admiring such a woman.
wicked- June 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm
you people are just jealous that your ugly. i see her for her talent so shut the f**
*k up. your just mad that shes a good looking fighter.
C-Bus Allstar- May 28, 2008 at 5:43 pm
Anyone know if they are taking pre-orders for that "This is me training naked" video?
Spotpuff- May 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Generally speaking, not being able to control when other people view you as a sexual object is disconcerting.
Trippin Ninja- May 28, 2008 at 11:41 am
Damn she looks hot in that picture. I saw her on American Gladiators the other day and she was one Twinkie away from a fat chick. Was that stuff filmed a long time ago or is she just losing a ton of weight for fights?
Tertio- May 28, 2008 at 10:58 am
Are you saying they are not real ? Have I been fooled ?
andres- May 28, 2008 at 6:08 am
You ugly people just don't get it...
sebastian- May 28, 2008 at 5:41 am
Does the commision have any issues with chicks with implants fighting? I can't help but imagine that there could be some consequences.
smark- May 28, 2008 at 4:55 am
So Iole's column is a "fluff piece," but you still got info out of it to make an interesting blog post. Way to play it both ways.
jbg- May 28, 2008 at 4:28 am
whatever.. I got these implants cuz I didn't want the attention.
Ginas Camel Toe- May 28, 2008 at 4:17 am
What will be great is when she drops a couple fights and the spotlight starts to shine elseware, she will all of a sudden embrace the sex symbol to get the attention back on her. Of course she's not going to like being talked about as a sex symbol when shes popular because she doesn't want to come across as a whore but once nobody cares about her anymore is when the "This is me training naked" video comes out.
your missing the point- May 28, 2008 at 2:50 am
Not only is she hot, she also can kick the average CP lurker's ass. That makes her another level above hot: Ultra Super Hot
King Silo- May 28, 2008 at 12:49 am
Do good looking people think that ugly people have it made? She should be grateful that people tune in to see a hot chick and then they see she also has talent. I can tell by the photo used for this entry that she tries to down play those good looks.
The Bloc- May 28, 2008 at 12:29 am
please, the only reason she's popular is because she's hot, and now she's gonna act like she's not a sex symbol? just give us the naked pics we're waiting for already!