Opinions, Elite Male Athletes Play İn Shorts And Tank Tops, Women Basically İn Bikinis (Opinion) - Cnn

Opinions, Elite Male Athletes Play İn Shorts And Tank Tops

Opinion: Elite male athletes play in shorts and tank tops, women basically in bikinis

'Both modesty codes and compulsory sexiness stem from the same root: A deep discomfort with women using their bodies in unsanctioned ways,' @JillFilipovic writes for @CNNOpinion.

7/27/2021 8:50:00 PM

'Both modesty codes and compulsory sexiness stem from the same root: A deep discomfort with women using their bodies in unsanctioned ways,' JillFilipovic writes for CNNOpinion.

Women athletes very participation in sports is a reliable trigger for misogynists the world over, one that elite sports competitions too often blunt with enforced codes for uniforms that hyper-police the presentation of the female body, writes Jill Filipovic. But both modesty codes and compulsory sexiness stem from the same root: A deep discomfort with women using their bodies in unsanctioned ways.

(CNN)You know the old line about Ginger Rogers doing everything Fred Astaire did, just backward and in high heels? That's also the story of world-class women athletes: They're doing most of what the men do (and sometimes more), and doing it while being ogled, booed, scolded, sanctioned, fined and otherwise hyper-policed because of what they wear to compete.

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Jill FilipovicParalympian Olivia Breen's briefs? Too short. The thigh-length shorts worn by Norway's women's handball team? Too long. The cap that the British Olympic swimmer Alice Dearing uses over her natural Black hair? Not acceptable, the International Swimming Federation said, because -- in a justification with echoes of phrenology -- it does not"fit the natural form of the head." What women wear has been scrutinized forever, of course, and remains tightly regulated in many parts of the world. Women athletes are no exception, and their very participation in sports is a reliable trigger for misogynists the world over.Read More Last week, former President Donald Trump, for example, encouraged a crowd to boo the US women's soccer team competing at the Tokyo Olympics and said,"Americans were happy" when the team lost to Sweden because he considered the American women too outspokenly progressive ("wokeism" was his lame aspersion). (Somebody should tell him about the women in Sweden). Some authoritarian and conservative nations ban women from even attending sporting events, and many impose modesty codes so strict that it's difficult or impossible for their female athletes (or would-be female athletes) to compete at elite levels. Try being an Olympic gymnast if your clothing has to obscure the lines of your body, or swimming if you have to cover your nose and mouth in public. But it's not just misogynist modesty codes that female athletes have to contend with. There's also the flip side: enforced sexualization and feminization. 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This 45-year-old gymnast is set to compete in her 8th Olympics 02:14The Norwegian beach handball team was fined by the European Handball Federation for wearing those allegedly too long shorts instead of the required high-cut, tightfitting, and revealing briefs, with a side width of no more than 3.9 inches,"cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg" (the singer Pink tweeted her support of the team and offered to pay the fine). Male handball players are permitted to wear any shorts that are"not baggy" and no more than 3.9 inches above the kneecap. The difference is stark: Men play in shorts and tank tops, women basically in bikinis. The outcry has been loud enough that the rules may change. At the Olympics, the women of the German gymnastics team also made a statement, competing in unitards that cover their legs instead of the standard high-cut leotards. The point wasn't to promote modesty but to assert that female athletes should have greater choice in what to wear and that they need not be sexualized (and constantly wedgied) in order to compete. "We decided this is the most comfortable leotard for today," Elisabeth Seitz, a member of the German team, said on Thursday."That doesn't mean we don't want to wear the normal leotard anymore. It is a decision day by day, based on how we feel and what we want. On competition day, we will decide what to wear." Both modesty codes and compulsory sexiness stem from the same root: A deep discomfort with women using their bodies in unsanctioned ways. Modesty codes presume that women's bodies are inherently sexual and tempting. They must be covered up to demonstrate moral virtue and to protect the apparently weak men of the world from their own impure thoughts at the sight of whatever it is the body police have decided is potentially lust-inducing: a woman's nipple glimpsed during her private breastfeeding, an exposed shoulder, a smile, a head of hair, a wrist or ankle revealed. Requirements that female athletes don unnecessarily revealing clothing also reflect an effort to enforce gender differences and a deep distress at female autonomy -- specifically discomfort with women using their bodies in ways long reserved for men. Women's distinct uniforms sometimes serve a purpose -- to hold in breasts, for example, that most male athletes don't have -- but they are often designed to signal that female athletes are still feminine and sexually attractive, despite their athletic prowess and physical dominance in a sport. Get our free weekly newsletterSign up for CNN Opinion's new newsletter. headtopics.com

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JillFilipovic Opinion So much BS this woke culture. Losing the Olympics will be another prove of their failed ways.

Pink Offers To Pay Norwegian Handball Team's Fines For Breaking Sexist RuleAfter the Norwegian women's beach handball team was fined for playing in shorts instead of bikinis, Pink offered to help out.

Pink Just Got Involved In The Norwegian Handball Team Shorts FlapThe team wore shorts instead of mandated bikini bottoms at a championship match.

Pink Offers to Pay Off Norwegian Beach Handball Team's 'Sexist' Uniform FinePink has offered to pay a fine on behalf of Norway's female beach handball team over their choice to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms. PaiviBrink It’s not about the money. love this Same should go for beach volleyball.

Pink Offers To Pay Fines Charged To Athletes Who Challenged “Sexist” Dress CodeLast weekend, Norway’s women’s beach handball team opted to wear blue shorts to a game, instead of the usual athletic bikini bottoms worn for these events. make them wear burkas....

Pink offers to cover Norwegian women's beach handball team fine for not playing in bikinis'The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up,' the singer-songwriter tweeted. Good on her for supporting these athletes. It’s simple, get sexism out of sports. Yahoo 🥲👏👏👏👏👏👏

Pink offers to cover Norwegian women's beach handball team fine for not playing in bikinisSinger-songwriter Pink is offering to pay the fine levied on the Norwegian women's handball team for refusing to play in bikini bottoms during a game in the sport's Euro 2021 tournament. Good. F the OC. Also Pink… Good for Pink to help spread the story. Great for the team that made the stand.