26 Oct 2011

Women Boxers Wear Skirts to be Elegant–WHAT?!?

This is ridiculous…

Sure it will distinguish them from men, but so would wearing pink gloves. Startlingly, the underlying opinion is also that “they’re more elegant”. Seriously? Somehow wearing a short skirt is suddenly elegant and feminine? It’s definitely not modest. Well, in hooker-chic-terms maybe. But the juxtaposition of wearing a skirt and bashing someone’s face in? Ripping from GK: Just wearing a skirt doesn’t make you elegant any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

“Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.” G.K. Chesterton

Full story here, bits below.

During last year’s World Championships, the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) presented competitors with skirts, rather than the usual shorts, which it wanted to “phase in for international competitions”.

"They're more elegant", the Polish coach said.

AIBA asked boxers to trial the skirts, which they said would allow spectators to distinguish them from men, but at last week’s European Championships in Rotterdam only two nations – Poland and Romania – had taken on the alternative outfits.

Poland Boxing actually took it a step further and made it compulsory for their boxers to wear skirts, saying they are more “elegant”.

“By wearing skirts, in my opinion, it gives a good impression, a womanly impression,” Poland coach Leszek Piotrowski told BBC Sport. “Wearing shorts is not a good way for women boxers to dress.

“At the world championships in Barbados, Romania wore skirts from AIBA. We decided to design our own, they’re more elegant.”

While AIBA advises that its new uniform is optional and they have no plans to make it compulsory, some leading boxers have questioned the integrity of the suggestion.

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10 responses to “Women Boxers Wear Skirts to be Elegant–WHAT?!?”

  1. avatar

    I posted this on Facebook, but I’ll post it here too:

    Another commenter on Facebook perfectly pointed out the irony of looking elegant while punching out other women. Apart from that, I don’t think the skirt in your picture is immodestly short. I think the immodesty shows as she has to jump around (while punching other women) and the skirt bounces up high with her. You’re right about the elegant comment, though, it is a silly PR answer.

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    I don’t see anything good with the male sex boxing. I sure don’t want to see females punch each other’s lights out. A skirt is not going to change my view on the matter.

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    Saying a female boxer looks elegant if in a skirt is like saying a male boxer looks dapper if he wears a suit and tie.

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    This is absurd! To me however, it’s even worse than concerns about trying to “pretty” up a violent sport, or a skirt rising up while the boxer punches someone’s lights out. It’s that these women have trained themslves into looking like guys, they are angled and muscular like a thin 20 year old guy would be. To me, they look like GUYS wearing skirts and it looks ridiculous! The pearls before swine is good…how about a pig wearing lipstick?! There’s more to being feminine than wearing a skirt and this proves it. I first noticed this when I saw a woman runner that was just muscle and sinew and she was wearing a brightly colored sports bra and little mini jogging skirt…she looked like a tiny little man.

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      Lisa, I’ve seen the females you talk about jogging, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m tired of gals trying to be masculine.

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      As a female college cross country runner, I find your comments on women runners offensive. Calling female runners “little men” is hurtful. My faith is very important to me and to ignore the talent that God has given me would be wrong. When I race, do I wear shorts and tanks? Yes, I do. I wear what I do so as not to draw extra attention to myself and to compete to the best of my God-given potential. Blessings to all!

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    What they trying to promote this nonsense are doing is trying to make a lie look like the truth. That is, they want to make a not feminine pastime look feminine(notice how I don’t call it masculine; to do so would be to imply all males are viscious brutes).

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