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According to a BBC News story sent in by Leiana S. and Kinesiology professor Mary Louise Adams, the International Boxing Association may soon require female boxers to wear skirts.  The President of the Association, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, argues that it will allow viewers to tell the difference between the men and the women who currently wear the same uniforms, including headgear.  Right now the skirt is an optional variation on the official uniform but, Dr. Wu says, “After we hear about its comfort and how easy it is to compete in the uniform, it may be compulsory.”

At the European Championships in Rotterdam last week, female boxers from Poland and Romania adopted the new uniform.  A coach of the Poland team said: “By wearing skirts, in my opinion, it gives a good impression, a womanly impression.”

This might be an example of officials assuming that (1) men are the main audience for boxing and that (2) men will watch women’s boxing more if they differentiate/sexualize women.

It might also, however, be an example of an attempt to retrench difference between men and women exactly when those differences start to dissolve.  Discomfort with the lack of actualdifferences between men and women sometimes leads individuals to encourage or enforceartificial ones.  I would say that this is one of the main functions of clothes today. Yeah, I said it. I think exaggerating what are actually rather weak and strongly overlapping differences between men and women is one of the primary functions of clothes.

In any case, it’s probably a combination of both.

Earlier this year they tried this with Badminton, but it didn’t take.

The idea that female athletes aren’t sufficiently feminine has been around as long as sports have been around.  Today, the feminizing of athletes is ubiquitous.  See our posts on Serena Williams’s ESPN cover, Candace Parker “is pretty, which helps,” press photos of female athletes in dressesgroundbreaking female sailor is also prettysexualizing female Olympic athletesdiets of championsmedia portrayals of female athletes, and valuing dads in the WNBA.

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  1. platonic-sleepover reblogged this from subconciousevolution and added:
    skirts? bullshit
  2. bearasfuark reblogged this from skavannah and added:
    Come to us young female boxers, Dana White wont make you wear skirts, boxing is a dying sport anyway
  3. skavannah reblogged this from subconciousevolution and added:
    this is fucked up
  4. thashif reblogged this from fuckyeahfeminists
  5. broken-endings reblogged this from demarches and added:
    Hey look, another attempt to make women athletes not seem like true atheletes
  6. thisdragonisnoslave reblogged this from suspectnargles
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  8. youjoqueer reblogged this from christineleem and added:
    I hate this.
  9. monstrous-abandon reblogged this from afternoonsnoozebutton and added:
    FUCKED. UP. via
  10. celesteporvida reblogged this from diariesofforeignlovers
  11. wyldfire777 reblogged this from sneetchinflux and added:
    Wow… just… There is no good reason for this.
  12. internetserf reblogged this from sneetchinflux and added:
    THIS IS SUCH BULLSHIT! When they get in the ring they are athletes! Their gender should be irrelevant. Too many years of...
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  14. sinidentidades reblogged this from browngurlwfro and added:
    no. -_-
  15. daisy-bellis reblogged this from scooterpiebanana
  16. kaitlynthevegan reblogged this from scooterpiebanana and added:
    If it’s oh-so-comfortable and easy to compete in them, then it should be compulsory for men as well.
  17. deliciouskaek reblogged this from scooterpiebanana and added:
    what directly the fuck? no. no no no no no.
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  22. asongofmodernlove reblogged this from angeladellamuerta and added:
    this is idiotic on every level i can think of & some still waiting to be invented. but mostly, i’m wondering why it...
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  25. elysethegorgonqueen reblogged this from bollywoodbloodbaths and added:
    “After we hear about its comfort and how easy it is to compete in the uniform, it may be compulsory.” So why not make...
  26. bollywoodbloodbaths reblogged this from slutgrrrlinternational and added:
    fucking hell
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  31. hellxiareblog reblogged this from jngaio and added:
    If they’re so easy to box with, then make it compulsory for men to wear them, too.
  32. plantfaster reblogged this from themamafox and added:
    /headdesk x1000000
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  38. 8bitscoundrel reblogged this from beahbeah and added:
    My dream of being a boxer is horribly and painfully crushed after seeing this. What about us unfeminine women?! At least...
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