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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rock and a hard place: women athletes caught between sexist sports bodies and religious oppression

From the Pakistan Tribune, another look at the outcome of a recent rule change from the Badminton World Federation that aims at "raising the profile" (i.e., making players more attractive to men) of women's badminton by making female players wear skirts. 

Once again, the FGG opposes both turning female athletes into sex objects (particularly when these rules are made by organizations totally dominated by straight men*), and the repression of female athletes and the non-respect of the commonality of sports rules on the basis of religious oppression of women (again, largely the work of straight men).

LAHORE: Badminton Asia Confederation Vice-President Syed Naqi Mohsin lashed out at the sport’s governing body for introducing the rule forcing female players to wear skirts.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in a bid to raise the profile of women and the sport, has decided to make the skirt-rule compulsory for all female players from June 1. However, the decision met with criticism from Muslim countries and Mohsin said that the rule is discriminatory.

“The BWF states that the new regulation will not discriminate against any religion or beliefs,” said Mohsin. “How can wearing skirts not clash with the religious beliefs of female Muslim ?”

The BWF, however, has defended its decision and said that female players can wear shorts ‘if they wish’ but also ‘wear a skirt over the shorts as is practiced already by some players’.
Mohsin, a Pakistan member in the Asian body, said that players have been wearing trousers for some time and that attire was approved.

“Pakistan players have been playing in international tournaments in trousers,” said Mohsin. “They even participated in the Asian Games in the same attire as they were exempted keeping in view their religion. The Iranians used to play in trousers with a head scarf as well and there was no issue then. We’ve not been sending our female players to big tournaments like the Super Series and the Grand Prix but they did participate in the Uber Cup, where this new dress regulation will apply now.”

He added that though some players might be willing to wear skirts, the rule should not be made compulsory since it clashes with religious beliefs of some players. “I’m sure a lot of players will willingly adapt the new rule. But quite a lot will not be comfortable so it should not be made compulsory.”

*Badminton World Federation's Executive Board is made up of 10 men, and no women, and its Council is made up of 15 members, including only 2 women. 

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