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It's damn near criminal that women are not treated on par with the men in any form in a multi-million dollar entertainment conglomerate. Especially when the rest of scripted entertainment (and the world generally) is coming to respect the feminine contribution to the world more than ever before. Female characters in WWE are trotted out for matches which last little longer than it takes you to go make some popcorn or empty your bladder. Female characters in WWE are by no means well rounded... in fact, they're not even characters. They're just seen as either stereotypes or bras and panties covering a HAWT WOMAN.
But I'm not even going into character development, because WWE knows nothing of developing characters. Their booking habits are so erratic that they cannot even tell complete stories let alone develop meaningful and realistic characters. The only ones who seem to have depth are main event level stars, because they are the only ones who really get any attention.
For example, I can list interesting characteristics of CM Punk or Daniel Bryan or John Cena. But tell me 5 interesting things about Kofi Kingston or Dolph Ziggler beside perpetual mid-carders and “solid talents”. (To that point, what does Sheamus have besides pasty, ginger and Irish?) Point is, characters with depth (or even a shred of distinguishable personality traits) is hardly WWE's forte.
But obviously, WWE's refusal to throw its female performers a bone as far as in-ring opportunity goes has to change. Sorry, no, it should change. WWE doesn't HAVE to do anything and they love that. Vince McMahon knows he has no obligation to do anything us fans want, he'll do it because HE wants to do it and cut it off at the knees if he suddenly decides he's no longer interested. Case in point: the Divas of Doom.
Females in WWE get the short end of the stick, there's no two ways about it. But WWE doesn't seem to be doing anything about it and there are several contributing factors for that in my opinion. One has to be an infuriating level of misogyny because no company can treat females that badly without that as an underlying if not clearly present explanation.
I feel that WWE is of the mindset that the women don't draw ratings or money. I wonder if WWE feel that there is no proof that doing this will actually be profitable and they don't see any proof that devoting time, money and effort into Beth Phoenix like they do into John Cena will deliver the golden egg. There are many fans who will agree with that line of thinking. If that is the prevalent mindset of the company like it is said fans it's ridiculous because they haven't even given it a fair chance. And until they do, no-one has the right (or the proof) to write it off so arrogantly.
In my opinion, the only chance women have at getting a real chance is when/if WWE sees the dollar signs in the Divas. Until then, they're probably not going to do much about the rallying cry of a segment of the fans to do something about their treatment of women. The other saving grace might be when the power wielding misogynists in WWE no longer have said power.
Of course, whether or not there's any point from a business standpoint is NOT a reason to treat women as nothing more than HAWT stereotypes. WWE's TV treatment of women is shameful, though try telling them that without feeling like you're just yelling into a wishing well.