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Old 07-27-2021, 11:07 AM   #21
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You guys are all talking like beach handball is some kind of legitimate sport. The best I can tell is it is only played in a handful of events a year. I would speculate they are only funded in any kind of form because they attract some spectators who like to watch women in bikinis diving and wrestling in the sand. I'm not sure this is too much different than one of those lingerie football teams deciding to start wearing t shirts and shorts.

I'd imagine desexualizing this sport would probably be the end of it, and maybe that's the right thing to happen, but it would feel like a hollow victory for the players, I'm sure. Although, I imagine one team switching to shorts and bringing a bunch of attention to this sport isn't going to be its downfall.
Men’s beach handball also exists.
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:12 AM   #22
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You guys are all talking like beach handball is some kind of legitimate sport. The best I can tell is it is only played in a handful of events a year. I would speculate they are only funded in any kind of form because they attract some spectators who like to watch women in bikinis diving and wrestling in the sand. I'm not sure this is too much different than one of those lingerie football teams deciding to start wearing t shirts and shorts.

I'd imagine desexualizing this sport would probably be the end of it, and maybe that's the right thing to happen, but it would feel like a hollow victory for the players, I'm sure. Although, I imagine one team switching to shorts and bringing a bunch of attention to this sport isn't going to be its downfall.
LOL. You know men play too, right?

And beach handball is arguably more legitimate in terms of actual worldwide competition than some sports that are in the Olympics. The softball tournament only has 6 teams, 3 of which (USA, Mexico, and Italy) are almost solely made up of American players.
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Old 07-27-2021, 11:20 AM   #23
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I confess I really don't know much about beach handball or handball in general. But looking up highlights on Youtube, the women's highlights are getting views in the hundreds of thousands and millions, while the men's maybe get a thousand if they're lucky. I'm guessing the women's side drives whatever revenue is coming in, but who knows! It sure looks like a gimicky sport marketed around sexuality.

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Old 07-27-2021, 02:05 PM   #24
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I would say, decide what can be worn for both sexes in each sport, and make that the standard. If women have to wear bikini bottoms, then it's only fair that men have to too. If men can wear shorts, then so too can the women. I agree with the rest that I'm all for equality and not sexualizing uniforms that are different between sexes, but you can't just let it be a free for all for uniforms. There should still be a standard.
I don't think the women would like to dive in the men's uniforms, nor vice versa.
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Old 07-28-2021, 01:33 PM   #25
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Lots of pervy old men out there. Be careful what you ask for.
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Old 07-29-2021, 01:00 PM   #27
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Thong bikinis are back with a vengeance and let me tell you, it is good. People of any gender should be able to choose what they want to wear and no one should say #### about it. In the Olympics context, there should be a choice.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:14 AM   #28
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how about this one? Media going gaga, voted sexiest athlete in Tokyo.


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I find it kind of ironic that even your article with the “answer” doesn’t even say what events she is participating in during the Olympics, and has more photos of her posing than actually running. Unless that was part of your point?

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Old 08-02-2021, 02:07 AM   #29
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Gymnastics team, tired of ‘sexualization,’ wears unitards


https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/g...ent=1627304461


Pink offers to pay bikini bottoms fine for Norway women's handball team


https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-57967486
Interesting considering how she got famous, I guess that was her choice
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Old 08-02-2021, 02:53 AM   #30
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I checked out some highlights just to see what the sport was about. It's not a good sport. Indoor handball is pretty bad, beach is even worse.

I suggest they do whatever they can to keep interest, up to and including apparel.
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I checked out some highlights just to see what the sport was about. It's not a good sport. Indoor handball is pretty bad, beach is even worse.

I suggest they do whatever they can to keep interest, up to and including apparel.
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At a fundamental level, Olympic athletes are entertainers. BoLevi's not wrong about that.
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Women playing handball in skintight boyshorts is no less sexy than doing it in bikini bottoms.

All I'm sayin'.
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Then there's this issue...

https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/202...ast-infections
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