The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) wants to regulate the grunting from players on the basis that it's annoying and distracting. The WTA is going as far as developing a hand-held device to measure number and volume of grunts. Say what?
This raised a big WTF for Slate's Katy Waldman who thinks the issue is solely based on a puritan spirit that's offended by the correlations placed on the sounds.
Because of sex. A woman grunting on the tennis court sounds like she's having a baby or having sex. And not very ladylike sex -- primal, bestial, no-holds-barred sex, the kind that stodgy Wimbledon-goers are loathe to imagine in their country club. With that specter of nooky comes empowerment and a possible inversion of gender norms: What else can these Amazonian women pull off without male assistance?
Fear not, however: the WTA has no intention of banning the miniskirts the players wear, meaning that now women's tennis will be just like the porn millions watch online, with the volume turned way down.
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