Handball federation changes uniform requirements after outcry over ‘sexist’ bikini rule
The International Handball Federation has updated its uniform rules after a backlash over its requirements for a women’s bikini.
After being called on to fine the Norwegian women’s handball team 1,500 euros (approximately $ 1,740) for choosing to wear shorts – which have been listed as “inappropriate clothing” – the government authority has revised its rules to allow the wearing of “short, fitted pants”, as opposed to previously required bikini bottoms.
This change comes after some activists and celebrities, like the singer Pink, called the federation’s rules “sexist” and offered to pay the team’s fines.
It also comes after Norway-based Australian activist Talitha Stone and the gender equality organization Collective Shout collected more than 61,000 signatures in support of updating the women’s handball uniform rules.
“I hope this is the beginning of the end of sexism and objectification of women and girls in sport, and that [the] In the future, ALL women and girls will be free to play sports without fear of wardrobe malfunctions and sexual harassment, ”Stone said in a Facebook post. Publish.
The collective cry also shared a before and after image of the uniforms with the hashtag #letthemwearshorts and a statement saying “The International Handball Federation is abolishing the sexist bikini rule!”
In addition to the Norwegian women’s handball team, other top athletes have used their platforms to oppose sexualization in sport.
In July, the German gymnastics team wore long leotards while competing in the 2020 Olympics, as opposed to traditional bikini bottoms.
“It’s about what’s comfortable,” three-time Olympian Elisabeth Seitz said in a declaration. “We wanted to show that every woman, everyone, should decide what to wear.”