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Wow...can we possibly twist and crimp our relationship to sex a bit more? *shakes head in disgust*


BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Table tennis is desperate to attract more viewers and some in the sport believe a simple enough solution exists: get the women to wear skirts and shirts with “curves”.

“We are trying to push the players to use skirts and also nicer shirts, not the shirts that are made for men, but ones with more curves,” International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) vice president Claude Bergeret said.

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Aug. 20th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
The compulsory, male-gaze feeding context is disgusting. On the other hand, is it bad that I think she looks fabulous in that outfit? If this were something she chose without coercion, I'd be in favor of it.

Aug. 20th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
I second the problematic and yet the looking fabulous--and if she wants to wear pink and floof, awesome. She also looks as if she is totally going to kick the hinder of her opponent...
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Actually, the pic is of Naomi Yotsumoto, who (from what I can tell) has stepped out of the box with her ping-pong fashion choices of her own free will. However, the idea that the ITTF is trying to "push" players into dressing more sexily is frustrating to me. Also, it seems clear to me that the ITTF president is speaking of pushing female players, but no one seems to be asking male players to wear short-shorts and to play shirtless.

Sex as a marketing ploy pisses me off, and the gender-biased double standard just makes it worse.

But yes, Yotsumoto's outfit is kinda cute.

Edited at 2008-08-20 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I agree, it's clear that this is targeted toward their female athletes and pushing them to twist and exploit their bodies and comfort for profit.
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
"...but no one seems to be asking male players to wear short-shorts and to play shirtless."

They should--it would be like Top Gun!
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I am so into this. Equal (and consensual) exploitation for all! For we are all delicious and yummy and deserve pretty things to parade around in (*especially* including our skin), regardless of sex or gender.

And agreed to the total hawtness of Naomi Yotsumoto in that outfit. Yum. But geez, so *many* of the outfits/uniforms this year cross the line from merely utilitarian (which I could understand), to outright ugly (for which there is no real excuse). It's like each nation went to the same people who designed the 1970's McDonalds uniforms for a fashion consult. Gah.
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh. Spoken as only a man who owns a panoply of boas can.
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
LOL - okay, if they ask the male players to wear skirts and shirts with curves, and the women to wear short-shorts and go topless, then I MIGHT be okay with it. ;>)
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, my.

At least they didn't suggest that the women players begin the match with the old "Ping-Pong Ball Trick."
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Shhhhh! Don't give the ITTF any ideas!
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Both of you, now, you made coffee come out my nose. Ow. ;-p
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I wish I was surprised by this. All the sexist Olympic talk has pretty much left me disgusted with competitive sport, though. Not like I was a big fan to begin with, but at the moment, I am even less impressed than usual.
Aug. 20th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I read an article today about the stark difference in sponsorship (i.e., cold hard cash) that top female Olympic athletes can expect as opposed to male athletes. Bleah.
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