The decision to make theCourt in shorts instead theHowever, they knew that the degrading of bikini bottoms was a problem that had been going on for some time. The question was whether they were willing to risk a penalty or worse for breaking the law. the rules. Finally, they will play Spain in the bronze medal match. theEuropean championships took place earlier this month theNorwegian women’s handball team went for it.
“We were afraid that we were going to be kicked out of the tournament,” theTonje Lerstad, the team’s goalkeeper, spoke to DW. “But in the last match, we were already willing to pay a fine if we got one. So we were like: ‘Screw it, we can’t be kicked out now. What’s the worst that can happen?'”
Lerstad explains that this is what ended up happening. “crazy.” The team’s plight gained worldwide attention — thePink, an American singer, offered to pay the resulting fine — and has put a renewed focus on clothing rules for female athletes.
“I hope that it’s a trend we started,”Lerstad said. “Before women just thought: ‘It is how it is.’ But now we are taking control over the outfits. It’s great.”
Female athletes in many sports have complained for decades about what they see. theSexist nature of theRules and double standards are more common than their male counterparts. Now, magnified theTokyo Olympic Games theIssue bubbling to the surface. Mary Harvey, CEO theCentre for Sport and Human Rights says that women often have to find a balance between building their brands and looking good and feeling comfortable. That can have a negative impact on their performance.
“First and foremost, if you’re an athlete at that level, you want it to be about performance,”Harvey said. “One thing is the function of what you’re wearing and how that helps you physiologically. The other one is mental. If you feel good, you’re going to do well.”
Different rules for different sports
The beach handball bag is not for you. theOnly one woman has been able to highlight the expectations of women when competing in gymnastics. The Tokyo, Germany gymnasts took a stand against the discrimination. theSexualization of their sport by performing so-called unitards, which is a full-body sex act outfitThey wore it for the first time in April in competition. One of the competitors was a woman named Mary. theElisabeth Seitz from the gymnasts told DW that she would like every female athlete to be a gymnast. “have the opportunity to decide by herself what she wants to wear.”
The barriers to that goal vary from one sport to the next. Gymnastics allows full-body exercise. outfitsIt is not that they aren’t, it is that most prefer, primarily out of habit to wear traditional leotards. Beach handball is a little more restrictive. theRules state that female players must wear a bikini bottom. “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg.”
In theWake up theProtest by the Norwegian team theInternational Handball Federation, which sets theSport’s rules will likely be modified. “I can’t think of any other outcome,”Lerstad said.
Tellingly, everyone, including you, is a lie. theThe federation is not entirely certain why such rules are still in place. Johanna Mellis, a sports historian, said that there are some cases where such rules still exist. theTo ensure that sports are fair, safe and fair, rules are necessary. She says that in some cases it is about controlling the appearance and perception of women.
“Historians of uniform have shown that, when it came to female athletes, [the rulemakers] were so afraid that female athletes were going to look masculine that they wanted to ensure uniforms made women look feminine, appealing and attractive to men,”Mellis shared his thoughts with DW.
Sepp Blatter is a well-known example of this. theFormer president of FIFA, the world football governing body, suggested that female players wear a skirt. “tighter shorts”To boost thePopularity theWhat’s the women’s game? The idea didn’t go anywhere but theIt was obvious.
‘Rooted In White Western Male Culture’
Sexualization is, however, not a crime the entire story. Mellis stated that it is important to consider issues of religion or race. She calls it theBeach handball case “positive result”However, she doesn’t view it as a turning moment because sexualization is only one aspect of a larger problem.
“The thing is, these organizations are loath to make any changes that may seem as if they’re having to give up any power,”Mellis said. “Men largely run these organizations. These are all rooted in white Western male culture.”
Mellis cited the following example: theFact that Tokyo competitor Alice Dearing theFirst Black female swimmer to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games. She was prohibited from wearing a cap that was modified to protect her natural Black hair. FINA theSport’s governing body, argued the cap didn’t fit “the natural form of the head”And claimed that international swimmers have never required this. “caps of such size and configuration.”
“This harks back to a racist phonology,”Mellis, who co-hosts, said the same. “The End of Sport Podcast,”This report examines how sport can be dangerous for people. “Swimming is a real public health concern. If people don’t know how to swim due to systemic racism or other forms of discrimination, that can result in horrific drowning rates — and, in fact, it has done.”
Despite theLifting theSome sports, like boxing, have restrictions. In others, Muslim women can still face fines or even bans for wearing them. the hijab. “In some cultures, culture dictates what you can and can’t wear,”Harvey said. “For example, the issue with the hijab. If you ban the hijab in international competition, it means a lot of women aren’t going to be able to participate. Clothing is also about access in some cultures.”
To address theHarvey and Mellis both agree that sports bodies need more women in decision-making.
“Fundamental to all of these things is the athlete voice,”Harvey said. “It has to be well-rounded, you can’t talk to one athlete. You have to talk to athletes, particularly with women, all around the globe. There are considerations for more conservative societies that should be taken into account. Because you could unknowingly exclude people.
“While women may be able to inform decisions, they are not able to make them. The more diversity you bring into decision-making, the better your decisions are. If there are 10 Swiss men who decide what women can and cannot wear, it’s not a good thing. theWe want the process.”
As far as Norwegian beach handball player Lerstad is concerned, there is no better time for a rethink. “We have proven that when we do the right thing, we get lots of support.” she said. “Any other team or athlete will be eligible theSame support. We have now reached an agreement on this topic. theair, there’s a lot to be focused on it. This is a very real thing. theIt’s time to make a difference.”