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    LONDON — More than a century after women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics, the run-up to the 2012 London Games has been fraught with controversy over what, exactly, female athletes should wear.

    Beach volleyball players will be able to wear more clothes, rather than less, for the first time in Olympic competition — free to swap their bikinis for more modest shorts and sleeved tops. The change, announced in spring, was designed to accommodate countries’ cultural beliefs but, in the process, has devastated legions of male fans who cheer the sport’s skimpy attire as much as its athleticism.

    Meantime, female boxers, who’ll make their Olympic debut in London, helped deal a knockout blow to an attempt to make them wear skirts in the ring rather than trunks. The idea, proposed by the Amateur International Boxing Association, was intended to help TV viewers distinguish women from men.

    “I really didn’t understand that,” said Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich, 17, the youngest member of the U.S. boxing team, following a workout in east London on Thursday. “It was to help separate the men from the women. But we got different names! Women got breasts! We got butts! Can’t you tell which one is who?”

    Gloria Peek, 62, a member of the U.S. boxing team’s coaching staff, was dumbfounded when the idea was proposed.

    “This is a pugilistic sport, a combative sport. And you want to put sex into it? For what reason?” Peek asked. “The skirt equates to sex; it equates to nothing else. How are you going to take that and put it into a gladiator sport? And what does that have to do with it?”

    Under the compromise that resulted, female boxers can wear skirts if they like but it won’t be mandatory. That suits Shields just fine.

    “If you want to wear skirts, go ahead,” said Shields, a 165-pound middleweight. “But if you don’t, just let us be normal. I’m not gonna wear a skirt!”

    And those aren’t the only Olympic sports with their proverbial knickers in a twist over the issue of women’s garb.

    Much like boxing, badminton’s international governing body was forced to retreat from a new dress code that would have required female Olympians to wear skirts rather than shorts. The stated goal: to attract more fans through “a stylish presentation of the players.”

    Following howls of protests, skirts were made optional.

    In one sense, the angst over female athletes’ attire in a handful of Olympic disciplines is a mere footnote to a 17-day global competition that celebrates the best in sporting achievement and sportsmanship.

    But in another sense, it offers a window on the complex and competing interests involved in staging the $18 billion Games: issues of marketing, gender politics and cultural diversity. And on the eve of the 2012 Olympics, they have collided on the peculiar playing field of women’s closets.

    That’s familiar terrain to dress historian Patricia Campbell Warner, considered the leading authority on women’s clothing in sports and author of “When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear.”
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports...QCX_story.html

    I like my buttocks on tv
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    Or in my case, agreement
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    No complaints here.
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    Rated heart for that ass.
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    sup, it's FoxPie
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    giving the athletes the option to choose between shorts and a sleeved top and a bikini is totally fine. if they're not comfortable wearing a bikini then they don't have to. If they made it mandatory to wear shorts and a sleeved top then pretty much noone would watch anything in the olympics except to see usain bolt and michael phelps
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    Dennab
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    Take the bikinis.

    They're more comfortable.
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    No title or gold masterrace, whoops.
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    Visible ankles is to much for me.
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    Why can't you wear whatever you want, It would cool as shit to see Usain Bolt running with a cape.
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    I somehow imagined the camera panning up and revealing a terrible looking face, and watching the thread go "well'p nevermind." But I'll give that woman the benefit of the doubt, I'll assume she has a nice looking face.
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    why the hell did they try to force women to wear skirts in those competitions. if they'd simply given it as an option, I'm sure plenty of them would have gone with it, just to stand out
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    Why can't they just wear what they want, as long as the clothing doesn't give them an advantage in whatever sport?

    I think that forcing skirts on competitors just for "a stylish presentation of the players" is really dumb. The Olympics are for making the worlds best athletes compete in whatever they do best, not showing scantly dressed women jumping around.
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    Take the bikinis.

    They're more comfortable.
    Got something you wanna share with the rest of us?
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    I was at the woman's beach volleyball event this morning. I approve of the skimpy bikinis.

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    They should have it like ancient times and be naked.
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    People at the olympics sometimes need that bit of extra help for us to determine their sex. Example: Caster Semenya



    (female, was subjected to sex testing to actually determine that)
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    I was at the woman's beach volleyball event this morning. I approve of the skimpy bikinis.

    Kind of a shitty seat though.
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    You know, to honor the tradition and stuff...
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    Kind of a shitty seat though.
    It wasn't the best seat in the house but I didn't care, it was a great vibe and I really enjoyed it. It was well done and funny too.

    Also had my 550D with zoom lens :D, might have to share some pics
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    These are a source of great debate for me


    Should I fap now, or save it for later
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    Don't tell me that was the official recording?
    If it was, that cameraman must be in trouble.
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    Jesus, just watch sport for sports sake and not for it's vague sex appeal. You can get that elsewhere, in a much more satisfying fashion. This would be slightly less frsutrating if they had tried to sexualise the male athletes in the same way (although it would still be rediculous), it would remove the element of sexism. Yet as far as the article states, they didn't.
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    If they want to wear shorts, let them wear shorts, christ it's not that difficult.
    Jesus, just watch sport for sports sake and not for it's vague sex appeal. You can get that elsewhere, in a much more satisfying fashion. This would be slightly less frsutrating if they had tried to sexualise the male athletes in the same way (although it would still be rediculous), it would remove the element of sexism. Yet as far as the article states, they didn't.
    Mandatory codpieces!
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    Why can't you wear whatever you want, It would cool as shit to see Usain Bolt running with a cape.
    Unfortunately, that would be REALLY distracting to the other runners and it could put them off their game. They have to be careful in uniform variance to ensure there are no unfair advantages given to anyone.

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    Dennab
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    As a guy who likes big ass and big thighs and legs, I loved today's showings.
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    -snip-

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    Don't tell me that was the official recording?
    If it was, that cameraman must be in trouble.
    Its a pretty stable shot considering he did it one handed.
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    Who could not approve of this?

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    Jesus, just watch sport for sports sake and not for it's vague sex appeal. You can get that elsewhere, in a much more satisfying fashion. This would be slightly less frsutrating if they had tried to sexualise the male athletes in the same way (although it would still be rediculous), it would remove the element of sexism. Yet as far as the article states, they didn't.
    Jerk off or fuck off tbh
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    Jesus, just watch sport for sports sake and not for it's vague sex appeal.
    But they're boring
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    But they're boring
    Then simply don't watch it. I understand where you're coming from (sport is pretty boring to actually watch) but removing its credibility for the sake of giving adolescents a brief, insignificant thrill is stupid. If it were the men being forced to wear nothing but tight speedos I'm pretty sure most of facepunch would be up in arms. Sorry if I'm coming across as a buzkill, I'm tired and opinionated.
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    I didn't watch the volleyball for the drama of sports...

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    Got something you wanna share with the rest of us?
    I like women that jump around in bikinis.

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    Sports is the movement of the human body accomplish a goal. So I want to see the human body in motion bitches, more ass more grass
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    Clops with bisousbisous daily <3
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    People at the olympics sometimes need that bit of extra help for us to determine their sex. Example: Caster Semenya



    (female, was subjected to sex testing to actually determine that)
    Did she undergo hormone therapy?
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    Dennab
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    Why are you guys eagerly watching the olympics for tight asses

    most of the women athletes aren't even hot

    just go outside and watch real volleyball (I know it's hard, but I assure you, you can do it.)
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    Why are you guys eagerly watching the olympics for tight asses

    most of the women athletes aren't even hot

    just go outside and watch real volleyball (I know it's hard, but I assure you, you can do it.)
    NTY, I'll stay in with my HD video stream, bag of cheesy poofs and beer thanks.
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    Athletes dressing lightly? During summer?
    Preposterous and highly outrageous.
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