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Misogyny and the discrimination and abuse of women in the US and around the world
(09-10-2019, 11:29 AM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Embarrassing a teenage swimmer once wasn't enough, so the Anchorage adults who can't stop staring at her butt decided to do that nationally:

Quote:The teenage girl clambered out of the pool, ready to accept victory. A champion swimmer for Anchorage’s Dimond High School, she had crushed her competition in the 100-meter freestyle during Friday night’s meet with a rival from across town.

But as soon as she stepped out of the water, she learned that she had been disqualified.

The reason? Her swimsuit was exposing too much of her buttocks, an official ruled.

The referee’s call, which is now under investigation, has generated intense debate among Alaska’s close-knit swim and dive community, and prompted a larger discussion about how female athletes’ bodies are policed and scrutinized. Lauren Langford, who coaches swimming at another high school in the area, told The Washington Post that she believes racism, in addition to sexism, may have been a factor, given that the teen is among the few nonwhite athletes in a predominantly white sport.

“All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way,” Langford said. “And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”

The teenager didn’t pick out the swimsuit — her school chose it and issued it to her. But even though all the girls on her team were dressed identically, she was the only one cited for a uniform violation. Annette Rohde, who was working as an official during the meet, told the Anchorage Daily News that another female ref explained that the bottom of the girl’s suit “was so far up I could see butt cheek touching butt cheek.’’

Rohde froze in disbelief, she said, and warned the referee, who has not been identified, “This is going to blow up.” Sure enough, the decision reverberated throughout the community, where the teen is known as a top-ranked swimmer likely to go on to compete at the collegiate level.

“In a world where young girls are told at every turn that the skin they’re in is not good enough for a thousand reasons, the last thing we need to do in youth athletics is add to that unhealthy dialogue,” Langford, a swim coach at Anchorage’s West High School who coached the teenager and her sisters when they were younger, wrote in a widely shared blog post on Medium after Friday’s meet. She added, “If you do not like the way that swimsuits fit on these girls’ bodies then don’t look; they are minors, children, and no one should be looking at them anyway.”

Speaking with The Post on Monday night, Langford said she was angered at the treatment of the teenager, whom she described as “literally the nicest young lady.” It wasn’t the first time the girl had been made to feel that her curvy figure was problematic: Last year, a parent took a photo of her backside and shared it with other parents to demonstrate that girls on the team were wearing inappropriate swimwear. (District officials said Monday that Dimond High School’s assistant principal “indicated to the parent who took the photographs that it was not permissible for him to take pictures of others’ children and that he should stop immediately.”)

“That to me is so inappropriate,” Langford said. She noted that the teen girl has been accused of hiking her suit up on purpose, but anyone who has competed in swimming would know that suits often ride up unintentionally.

Apparently after the proper shaming they got, they rescinded the original decision gave Rhode's her victory.

Say what you want about cancel culture, but it's clearly doing something that, you know, the people we install to do their jobs can't be fucking bothered to do.
"Why did she do it?"
"Why are you the fucking Police?"


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