In July 2017, The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) introduced a new dress code banning plunging necklines, short skirts, leggings, and racerback tops without a collar.
Some say these new guidelines encourage “slut-shaming,” including actual players like Paige Spiranac.
Paige is a 23-year-old golfer and social media sensation who’s gunning for a shot in the LPGA circuit. However, the association says she dresses “too sexy” for the game. She likes to wear short skirts and tight tanks to practice and tournaments.
Golf.com says: “Spiranac has become one of the most polarizing figures in the sport. Is she a much-needed agent of change, helping golf reach a younger, more diverse audience while demonstrating the awesome power of social media? Or is she a sideshow exploiting our baser instincts while distracting from the real competition between the ropes?”
But Paige definitely isn’t keeping quiet on the matter. She recently wrote a column for Fortune, speaking out against the new dress code. She’s worried it will potentially dissuade young girls from playing golf.
“In a world where women are continually and unwantedly sexualized, this new rule serves as yet another reason for women to feel ashamed of their bodies, and a reminder that to be respected, they must alter their behavior because of outside perception,” she writes. “By labeling women as looking ‘unprofessional’ when showing cleavage or shorts worn under a skirt, the LPGA is … insinuating that women do not have control over the perception of their bodies, but rather that they must bend to the every whim of the male gaze.”
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