Women’s Boxing: This is what Women’s Olympic boxing comes down to … skirts!?!
BBC Sports has a piece entitled, Women’s boxing split as governing body suggests skirts, they report on the recommendation made last year by the AIBA that women wear skirts in the ring at international competitions. Apparently this reared its head at the recently completed European Competitions with some nations opining that it makes a more “womanly impression.”
I’m sorry for the venom I’m about to spew but, WTF???
Female boxers are doing everything they can to get the recognition they deserve just to get in the ring, never mind have fair matches, get media coverage and opportunities to have their athleticism legitimized, and this is what the AIBA came up with as their great contribution! Women should wear skirts in competition at the Olympics!!!
Isn’t it bad enough that the rounds are limited to two minutes instead of three???
Or the fact that there are only three weight classes in the Olympics in 2012???
As far as I’m concerned this is just BULLSH*T!!!
Have a read and spew.
Maybe I’m too damned old to think the notion of “optional” has meaning — as far as I’m concerned putting a woman in a mini-skirt smacks of nothing more than sexism pure and simple. And heck, if a woman wants to wear a skirt in the ring great, and to that end, plenty of men wear them, but right, when a man wears a skirt in the ring it’s considered “gladiatorial.”
Give us a break already!
PS – Be sure and check out Michael Rivest’s exceptional article entitled A Conversation with Dr. C.K. Wu – More on Warriors in Skirts.