Women and athletics have come a long way from the ancient Olympics, when women who dared to participate could be put to death. Today's Olympics, however, are a global event, and some nations that still haven't joined the rest of the 21st century have plenty to be potentially offended about when the ladies take the field.
For instance, the XXX Olympiad marks the first time that female boxing has been included in the games. The Amateur International Boxing Association were concerned that some cultures might be confused or offended that both the men and the women were wearing the traditional boxing shorts in the ring. So they suggested making the female boxers wear skirts.
The international governing body for badminton also tried to institute a "skirts only" policy for women, but its reasoning wasn't to reduce the potential for offense or confusion for their international viewers. It wanted to bring "a stylish presentation of the players" to their event.
Thankfully, neither policy has been instituted because of the backlash. The skirts policy doesn't make much sense in general, but badminton's policy is particularly egregious. If someone really wanted to look stylish, the last thing they would do is play badminton.
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