Too sexy for golf? LPGA adjusts it’s dress code and golfer says it’s ‘stifling the growth of the women’s game”

by Angela Davis|@ladyadavis |@jerseygirlsport Sexy. It's just not a word you usually hear associated with golf, but according to new LPGA guidelines plunging necklines, and other clothing will be restricted. Well, golfer Paige Spiranac, who's know for her scantily clad posts on social media, didn't like it and spoke out against the new policy she calls, 'body shaming'. The new guidelines, which went in to effect July 17th restrict the following:
Among the restrictions are a ban on:
  • “Plunging necklines,”
  • Leggings (unless worn under a skort or shorts)
  • Workout clothing
  • Jeans
  • Joggers
  • Skirts, skorts, and shorts have to belong enough to cover the bum even when a player is bending over.
  • Racerback shirts are allowed only with a collar (or “mock-collar).
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA’s chief communications and tour operations officer,said of the changeto Golf Digest, “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game
Of course Spiranac completed disagreed.
from [A]s both an ambassador for golf and an advocate for the continued progress of women’s rights and equality in society, I fear that these new rules are stifling the growth of the women’s game,”she wrote. Because of the increased physicality of the sport, golf apparel companies began incorporating more performance-based materials into their designs, as well as updating styles that had fallen out of fashion over the years,” she wrote. “Restrictive tweed, knee-length skirts turned into flexible LYCRA skirts with built-in shorts. Thick cotton polos turned into sleeveless wicking tank tops with innovative, removable sun-guarding sleeves. [G]olfers need to be able to rotate, extend, crouch, and bend, often in extreme weather conditions for up to five or six hours at a time,” Spiranac wrote. She expressed concerns that the new dress code may interfere with female players’ ability to wear what best suits their physical needs."
She went on to say that she thinks the policy around plunging necklines really targets a specific body type
Most likely, this edict was put into place to eliminate the presence of cleavage. In that case, a curvier, fuller-figured woman would be chided and fined far more often than a woman with a smaller bust. 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.
It should be noted that Spiranac isn't on the Tour, and while she's called herself and advocate for the progress of women, her own popularity --currently 1.2M followers on Instagram, is tied to the sexualization she speaks out against. But I guess it's different when you sexualize yourself. Spiranac may have valid points, but when your entire brand is built around sex appeal, it's hard to gain ground around a policy that's simply attempting to keep the image of the sport professional and inline with its brand. What do you think?  

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