LPGA viewing figures to decline

The LPGA has come in for stiff criticism after it introduced a new dress code that forbids female golfers from sporting plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.

Initial reactions were overwhelmingly negative, with Teen Vogue accusing the governing body’s policy of “slut-shaming” female players. The progressive and influential youth magazine also said the code sets players and women in general “way back”.

17 comments on “LPGA viewing figures to decline

  1. In another universe, not so very far away:

    The LPGA has come in for stiff criticism after it introduced a new dress code that insists female golfers should sport plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.

    Initial reactions were overwhelmingly negative, with Teen Vogue accusing the governing body’s policy of “objectifying” female players. The progressive and influential youth magazine also said the code sets players and women in general “way back”.

    Wimmin, eh?

  2. So women’s sport is very serious competitive stuff, that in no way depends on the sexual allure of the players and any man caught making any ‘objectifying’ comments about the sportswomen will be taken out and shot, but on the other hand said sportswomen should be totally free to turn up for their very serious and highly competitive game dressed like a street walking hooker, if they so choose, with no sanctions taken against them.

    Fuck me these people are mentally ill.

  3. Jim,

    Haven’t you worked out why there is women’s sport at all? Especially ladies beach volleyball?

  4. Way off topic, but how long before the whingeing starts that the newly transitioned Dr Who isn’t going to be played in part more appropriately….

  5. Gamecock records wimmins golf. Watching LET usually takes only a few minutes to fast forward through, cos there are no plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts.

    ­Wimmins U.S. Open this weekend. Not a single ‘Merican in top ten. One Spaniard, one Chinese, rest Koreans.

    Announcers described Shanshan Feng, the Chicom player who led most of the tournament, as if it were high school and they were trying to get someone to date her. “All the girls think she’s a lot of fun.” “She makes her own clothes.” Cetera.

    Best policy LPGA could implement is a weigh-in before the practice round, say, 30 BMI max. Wait . . . a better policy would be to require plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts. How ’bout no bras? I’d watch more.

    LPGA thinks its product is more valuable than their customers do. They decadently engage in esoterica.

  6. PGA ratings have been in the tank for years. I’d be shocked if LPGA ratings weren’t dropping, even if it was a lingerie league. People just don’t want to watch golf anymore.

  7. The only rules that matter are those that make it a fair competition. (i) If the dress will put off the other competitors, it is unsuitable. Can you imagine Diane Abbott in a plunging neckline or revealing skirt? That would be unfair on other competitors.
    (ii) If Mary Smith is liningup for a difficult putt and the papparazi are distracting her while trying to take a picture of Jane Brown’s plunging neckline that is unfair.
    When I compete I have to obey dress rules – but then. I’m only a man, so it doesn’t matter. OTOH the ladies also have to obey dress rules that are nearly as strict and they put up with them with a good grace.

  8. Way off topic, but how long before the whingeing starts that the newly transitioned Dr Who isn’t going to be played in part more appropriately….

    Gallifreyan roles must be played by Gallifreyan actors. End this cultural appropriation!

  9. Chris

    You’re way ahead of me. I had only got as far as bacon, lettuce and tomato type stuff.

  10. “If Mary Smith is liningup for a difficult putt and the papparazi are distracting her while trying to take a picture of Jane Brown’s plunging neckline that is unfair.”

    Or the other alleged problem . . . Mary can’t take her eyes off Jane Brown’s plunging neckline. Hmmm . . . maybe this is the real problem.

  11. “PGA ratings have been in the tank for years.”

    I stopped watching the PGA some time ago because like most club golfers I cannot relate to it. They hit the ball so far they find parts of the course it takes us mere mortals 2 shots to get to.

    TV has also made it a boring product – 6′ putt being sunk, 2 minutes of commentators wittering, 5 minutes of adverts, 6′ putt being sunk.

    “I’d be shocked if LPGA ratings weren’t dropping, even if it was a lingerie league. People just don’t want to watch golf anymore.”

    I’m sure they’ll lose some viewers but a lot of club golfers I play with quite like watching it and not because they are easy on the eye. They relate to it and get some good tips because the girls don’t hit the balk much further than a good club golfer, they are just more accurate.

  12. After further review, I think it’s a marketing stunt.

    I watch LPGA routinely. Where are all these alleged babes wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts. They don’t damn exist.

    And what’s this?

    ‘The LPGA has introduced a stricter dress code for its players that some are describing as “body shaming.”‘

    Body shaming? How do you get to “body shaming” from a dress code? In fact, as I say above, some body shaming is a good idea.

  13. @ Gamecock
    Mary can’t take her eyes of Diane Abbot’s decollete … and wants to throw up is likely to be a bigger problem

  14. So how does this line up with the recent controversy over women’s dress codes in the US Congress? Enquiring minds want to know.

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