Schools and school activities are supposed to reward extraordinary achievement and dedication on the parts of their students.
But for one 17-year-old swimmer, she found her accomplishments erased when a referee disqualified her after she won.
The reason cited? The bottom of her one-piece swimsuit had bunched up during her swim. The national outcry was swift and immediate.
Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska boasts one of the fastest swimmers in the country’s largest state.
Unfortunately for that very talented 17-year-old athlete, she is now at the center of a nationwide controversy.
On Friday night, she won a 100m freestyle event against the rival team from Chugiak.
Sadly, her victory was short-lived.
The referee disqualified her after-the-fact, citing — and we wish that we were kidding — that her swimsuit had a wedgie.
Most people would not have paid any attention to a slightly bunched up one-piece, because that can happen to any swimsuit.
It is also worth noting, of course, that the one-piece was provided by the school — this wasn’t the case of a swimmer going rogue with her uniform.
But the referee issued a disqualification based upon the girl’s “intergluteal cleft.”
Notably, the national rulebook does not say anything of the sort.
And while coaches in the district were cautioned against swimmers showing “intergluteal cleft,” the one-piece only did so while bunched up.
There have been no shortage of deeply sexist dress codes and ensuing scandals over the years as fewer families are willing to stand for them.
But this was clearly a step further, and spawned national outrage practically overnight.
There was more than misogyny and inherent unfairness at play behind this unbelievable decision by the referee.
Millions of Americans reading about the outrageous disqualification took note of the fact that the girl in question is biracial and somewhat curvy.
Bias against curvier women and girls is sadly nothing new, and they are …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip