Talk about missing the point:
Swim England has apologised over advice published on its website for budding swimmers, which advised women to hide their “flabby stomachs” and “boyish figures.”
On a page promoting swimming as exercise, the UK’s official swimming body said women should “draw attention towards [their] more appealing characteristics” when choosing a swimsuit.
The article suggested how women could “accentuate curves” or hide a“boyish body”.
It also said that women with “flabby stomachs” should choose a “loose tankini instead of a bikini or 1-piece” and warned that bikinis “totally expose a jiggly belly, and trying to squeeze into a one-piece will not slim your stomach, only emphasise it”.
The article suggested that overweight women wear dark colours to “minimise” their shape.
The organisation’s stated aim is to “help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports” and to “inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them”.
However, many complained that their advice about swimwear could put women off swimming.
PhD student Simone Webb found the page when researching how to get back into swimming again, and complained to the organisation about the “sexism”.
Do – some – women worry about exposing their bodies to public view? Those who say no are a little short in the meeting actual human beings department.
Advice on how to best present is thus likely to increase the number who swim, not decrease.
But, you know, sexism and grievances.
Perhaps the PhD is already gained, assuming it is in grievance studies?