These Women Athletes Were Fined for Not Wearing Bikinis

They chose to fight back against the sexist rules of male-dominated sports

Sunny Muldoon
Fearless She Wrote

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Credit of @norwaybeachhandballwomen/Instagram

Honestly, when I saw this news article I thought I was reading The Onion. Sadly, I wasn’t.

Earlier this week, The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team was fined 150 Euros each (about $175 US dollars) for choosing to wear spandex shorts over bikini bottoms during a recent game against Spain in Bulgaria. The International Handball Federation claimed that by wearing shorts rather than the required bikini bottoms, the team was wearing “improper clothing.”

……what.

Really quick, take a look at the above photo. On the right side, are the deviously improper shorts compared to the tiny barely-there bikini bottoms on the left. These women are wearing 3-inch spandex shorts specifically MADE for sports and leisure activities, and you want to tell me that they are deemed “improper” for the very thing they were designed to do? There is no valid reason for women being required to wear bikinis to play sports. This is a rule deemed necessary by the patriarchy to support their archaic and utterly misogynistic standards of women.

If anyone has played any kind of beach sport, you’ll quickly realize how uncomfortable playing in a pair of bikini…

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Sunny Muldoon
Fearless She Wrote

Neurodivergent copywriter and voice actor. I promise to never clickbait you. https://linktr.ee/jennifermuldoon