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With the money at the highest levels of athletics, the difference between gold and silver, if the advantage was even 1/10th of a second then male athletes would do the same of course. It clearly is an insignificant benefit to performance because male athletes don't.
originally posted by: bastion
a reply to: grainofsand
How does it not offer a performance advantage?
When you run, you sweat, sweat is absorbed by clothing which makes it weigh more and have more resistance against the body and more wind resistance.
Less clothing = faster PB. It's basic physics.
If that were the case then it is curious why she doesn't do the same as the others to get an even faster speed. She doesn't because it obviously makes no difference.
Showing one picture of a runner in a normal top doesn't mean it has no advantage, it just means that particular runner is better.
Yes, because they are swimming and there is greater resistance in water...It's basic physics.
Look at swimmers, the males wear far less than the women for obvious reasons.
I wear tight tee-shirts so are you really saying if I cut one off mid chest it suddenly becomes restrictive? Please tell me you are joking because you must see how ridiculous that sounds.
Men dont wear boob tube tops as we don't have boobs and have broader shoulders so that design of top would be restrictive to movement.
Hahaha! You really are joking now yeh?! I sprinted for years playing rugby with under armour in my sports-scats to protect my bits. Maybe you need to buy a bigger size or you have a condition where it is painful for you because I've never heard that from anyone ever.
It's also extremely painful for men to run in y fronts
What?! So if the fabric didn't stop where the legs meet the torso, and continued down the thigh as cycling shorts do, you are saying it risks infection? You really sure you're not joking?
and women run the risk of yeast infections etc... if they pile on clothing down there.
Male athletes at the highest level would not throw away the chance of losing 1/10th of a second if it made any noticeable difference to performance. The reason they don't is because it makes no difference. Oh, and to be honest I have little awareness of ice races such as you enjoy so please feel free to post a pic of male and female competitors here.
As I said in my post I run topless in ice races to avoid carrying water weight/being cold. While at lower levels it may be about fashion, at olympic levels people aren't going to throw away a lifetime of training just to look good on camera for a few seconds. At least give them some credit.
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
a reply to: grainofsand
If all athletes competed totally nude, would we really have to ask why everyone looks away in horror when the men's high hurdle team runs by?
Where are the feminists on this?
Lol, wrestling would be dangerous [shudders]
originally posted by: AndyMayhew
Of course, in the original Olympics they were (and were all men).
And Gymnasium/Gymnastics derives from the Greek gymnós meaning naked ...
Though I can see an advantage to men wearing jockstraps
So it's about body image then? But I must ask how can you speak for all female athletes when a percentage might well feel sexy and want to project that outward image?
originally posted by: JessicaRabbitTx
Because the female body is beautiful...especially when she's an athlete. These women spend almost every moment of their lives perfecting their bodies. A female athlete isn't just showing skin. She's showing muscle that she worked hard for.Physical strength is what these sports are about. Showing off the body isn't done to sexualize. These sports are all about body performance. Why not show it off?
You may well have a good point there, body image/sex sells well, male and female.
The only reason men don't is because society still sees skimpy clothing as feminine. I'm sure in time men's athletic clothing will show more skin as well.
Ah thank's for the contribution. You are free to ignore this thread whenever you like of course.
originally posted by: game over man
What an absurd thread. How about surfing? Women don't surf in string thongs, so your theory is wrong. Female professional skateboarders and snowboarders also dress like males, all the time. Upon writing the sarcastic comment where are all the Olympic Athletes wearing Victoria's Secret lingerie, there have been lots of photo shoots of female professional athletes modeling in skimpy clothing. Magazines like Maxim, FHM, and Playboy have done this numerous times. Just google hottest female athletes. You can feast your eyes and compare the attire to when they are actually out performing whatever professional sport they are paid to do.
You have a very conservative opinion on "skimpy clothing". I don't think if you drove down Las Vegas strip you would see billboards for strip clubs with women wearing track and field gear. LOL
originally posted by: rukia
a reply to: Answer
while I can totally hear what you're saying, it also made me lol a bit irl because I thought on the other hand of how racist it sounded. Why would you think that? jk
originally posted by: grainofsand
All opinions welcome, especially from any strong feminists who may have thoughts on the issue as sexual objectification, female empowerment, or neither?
we dress this way because we feel most comfortable this way. Frankly, I can’t wait for the day when I feel comfortable enough with myself to run in just a sports bra and shorts. Clothes are kind of a pain in the ass; just ask any woman who takes off her bra and pants the second she walks in the door after she gets home from work.
There’s another angle here, too, which is that people seem to want to know why women don’t dress like their male counterparts, who tend to wear longer, baggier outfits when they work out. The idea seems to be that we should be dressing more like them if we want to be considered equal as athletes. Well, what I want to know is why men have started wearing longer, baggier clothes when they compete. Male athletes didn’t always used to wear manpris when they played basketball
I think that the reason why changes in men’s sporting apparel go without so much as a raised eyebrow is because the choices of straight cis men are consistently held up as the ideal standard of behavior for all of humanity. When women do not meet that standard, for whatever reason, our behavior is subject to criticism. If we prefer romantic comedies to action movies, it’s because we are silly little weak-minded bunny rabbits. If we choose to wear clothes that are revealing, we are contributing to the sexualization of all women and/or we are trying to get the attention of straight men. And so on and so forth – you get my point.