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Walsh and May-Treanor 'smack that'Posted Thursday, August 21, 2008, at 10:40 AM
United States' Misty May-Treanor goes for the ball against China in a gold medal women's beach volleyball match at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Seems as nothing can go without controversy at the Olympic games though.
Do the the women's beach volleyball uniforms border on soft porn? The men's beach volleyball uniforms are chaste compared with the women's. Men are required to wear a tank top and shorts at a certain length while the women parade around like Victoria's Secret models. Why are the women so exposed? Is it the age-old slogan "sex sells"? Is this true even at the Olympic games?
My opinion? The sport is BEACH volleyball, a game played on the BEACH by people wearing BEACH attire. You can't take the roots out of the game just because it has been accepted as an Olympic sport. If mud wrestling ever makes the cut should they be required to wear different attire? If people are appalled by the sight of muscular female physiques in fashionable swimwear, they need to get a life.
Did anyone complain about the hugger Speedos that Mark Spitz wore swimming back in the day when they were fashionable? They really weren't much more than a jock strap. I didn't think so. Does the womens uniform bother you? Does it bother you that the men can't even take their shirt off during volleyball competition? What's fair?
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