Danica Patrick Swimsuit Issue
February 17, 2012 by staff
Danica Patrick Swimsuit Issue, Danica Patrick. Do those two words make one think of a race-car driver or a sex symbol? During the Indianapolis 500 it might be one thing, during a Super Bowl ad, it might be another.
But often they go together. And while Patrick says she doesn’t care what people write, she doesn’t necessarily appreciate the negative tone that it takes.
Patrick, who has modeled in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and also is featured wearing skimpy outfits in advertisements by sponsor Go Daddy, was one of the most popular if not the most popular driver Thursday during NASCAR Media Day as she gets ready to embark on her first year of full-time NASCAR racing.
The highest-finishing woman ever in the Indianapolis 500 with a third-place result in 2009, the 29-year-old former IndyCar star was asked if she still hears sexist remarks or if sexism is a non-factor in racing.
“Probably until it’s 50-50 girls and boys, I think you’re going to hear some of that,” Patrick said in addressing the media. “I think the only thing that makes me a little bit curious … it’s like if there is a pretty girl, they don’t know how to describe a pretty girl other than being ‘sxy.’
“And that has such a negative connotation to it. You don’t say those kind of things or frame it like that for a guy or even sometimes talk about it – but it seems like with female athletes, if they’re pretty, they only know how to describe them in a sexual way.”
Patrick continued by saying she doesn’t dislike being talked about in a sexual manner.
“I don’t care,” Patrick said. “But I just wonder why we can’t talk about it in a different way. Why can’t there be other words for it? Why does it have to be somewhat negatively twisted?”
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