With all the feminist discussion around sexual objectification of women these days I started wondering why female athletes at the highest levels wear
skimpy clothing such as briefs and sports bra's while male athletes do not.
I considered a possible improvement in aerodynamics, and wondered why male athletes do not take advantage of the same tactic if that were really the
case. Fashion considerations would certainly be ignored if it were proven that even a 10th of a second could be gained by males showing their
So, if the choice of skimpy clothing has nothing to do with performance, why do female sprinters & pole vaulters show more skin than their male
I considered comfort, and the different 'shape' of female bodies, but again I couldn't see any practical reason to show the midrift and wear sports
briefs/panties. Supportive sports tops do not have to stop just below the breasts, and I can't imagine that females have some unusual condition that
requires lycra bottoms to be briefs instead of shorts due to discomfort.
It left me with only one conclusion, fashion and image, but with a further question, who for?
Perhaps the relatively lower paid track and field female athletes gain more sponsorship showing a bit of skin?
If that is the case then I wonder what is the difference between a 'popstar' using her body image to sell records, and an athlete doing the same to
For the record, I'm not complaining at all, I love the female form and part of the attraction of watching female athletes to me is the skimpy clothes
they wear showing off their fit bodies. I just wonder why females show the skin and males do not.
Oh, and this topic is about skimpy clothing, not tight clothing, so if you want to mention tight revealing lycra shorts of male athletes I
respectfully ask you to please start your own thread as that is a totally different issue. This is about women unnecessarily showing skin in sporting
activities, and why.
All opinions welcome, especially from any strong feminists who may have thoughts on the issue as sexual objectification, female empowerment, or