heh speaking of which here's an interesting little article which attempts to explain what sexual objectification is to those who don't seem to get it
Sexual objectification is the viewing of people solely as de-personalised objects of desire instead of as individuals with complex personalities and desires/plans of their own. This is done by speaking/thinking of women especially as only their bodies, either the whole body, or as fetishised body parts.
Sexual attraction is not the same as sexual objectification: objectification only occurs when the individuality of the desired person is not acknowledged. Pornography, prostitution, sexual harassment and the representation of women in mass media and art are all examples of common sexual objectification.
The concept of objectification owes much to the work of Simone de Beauvoir regarding the basic dualism of human consciousness between the Self and the Other: the general mental process where humans classify the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’. Women are universally viewed as the Other across all cultures, a role which is both externally imposed and internalised, and which means that women are generally not truly regarded as fully human. An important point of de Beauvoir’s was that this Othering effect is the same whether women are viewed as wholly inferior or if femininity is viewed as mysterious and morally superior: Otherness and full equality cannot coexist.
the objectification (primarily the fetishization of body parts) that goes on throughout the huddle (particularly within the lovely ladies section, as well as like 50% of avatars) is a problem because
1) objectification is bad
2) it fosters a culture that is off-putting to both women and men who aren't interested in coming to a football forum and seeing "lol boobies here look at my avatar it has boobies in it i liek tities" all over the fuging place