Men are required to wear “a tank top and
shorts” whose design:
• “must be with open arms”
Women are required to wear “a top and briefs”
or “a one piece uniform” whose design:
• “must be with deep cutaway armholes on the
back, upper chest and stomach (2-piece)”
• “must closely fit and the design must be with
open back and upper chest (1-piece)”
2012: Women may choose to wear “shorts of a
maximum length of 1.18 inches above the knee
and full-coverage tops with sleeves”
Turn and Talk
• Choose someone that you have never spoken to.
• Has the 2012 rule change done much to diminish
the sexist gap between men and women?
• NO because it was meant to bring in more
competing countries where wearing bikinis is
• How has the fact that unequal uniform
regulations exist done much to create sexism?
Actual photos from the Olympics
• Actually on the website of NBC Olympics
• Great Bodies, Bikinis, and More
What do these shots portray?
• The stories of each athlete are diminished
• Emphasis is placed on each athlete’s bodies
• You cannot immediately tell who they are, their
facial expressions, their passion.
• This is true of women
• But you saw that many of the male photos shown
gave full-body images.
• What does this say about women versus men
when it comes to what kinds of photos are
perpetuated in the media today
Now what if?
• Every Olympic sport were to be photographed
as is women’s beach volleyball?
• As you look at the images, ask yourself why
you may be feeling the feelings you are
Turn and talk
• Did you find any of these images to be
• Why do you think those feelings were running
through your mind?
• Is this blogger’s approach to exposing the
public to sexism appropriate?