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Do You Think the Olympics are “Killing Womanhood?”

If you spend much time on the internet, you probably already heard about the Turkish commentator who was blasted online after he wrote an article that criticized the Olympics for “killing womanhood.” His article, titled “Womanhood is dying at the Olympics,” went viral yesterday after he said that Olympic competition distorts women’s bodies, and he expressed his opinion that Olympians should get points based on how feminine they looked. As you might expect, he received some pretty caustic replies – particularly as this year has been a great year for women in the Olympics. What do you think? Are the Olympics “killing womanhood?”

The Premise of the Article
In his article, Turkish commentator Yüksel Aytu? urged women’s associations to protest the Olympic Games. One of his most inflammatory comments pertained to Olympic swimmers: “Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips; [they are] totally indistinguishable from men. Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed.” He said that the Olympics force women to look more like men to be successful, and that the more like a man they looked, the more successful they were. He went on to conclude that female Olympians should get bonus points based on how “feminine” they look in order.

Reactions Around the Web
Needless to say, a lot of people were very unhappy about this article. He was criticized harshly by Twitter users, female colleagues and commenters who read news pieces about this article across the Web. Most people took his comments personally, and suggested that if his idea of female identity was all about breasts and buttocks, he should go to a lingerie fashion show or even a gentleman’s club.

The Glorious Female Olympians
Bottom line: this has been a great year for women in the Olympics. Women continue to achieve more, and competing in the Olympics isn’t just about proving that women can be incredible athletes: it’s also about establishing women as independent people who deserve a chance to compete. This year, three ultra-conservative countries sent women to compete in the Olympics: Saudi Arabia, Quatar and Bahrain. This is an incredible achievement for countries where women are subjugated, with without basic rights and forced to be subservient to men – these women had to struggle through mobs, threats and hostility just to train for the Olympics. And even though they didn’t come anywhere near achieving a medal in their competitions, these are some of the greatest victories for women in this year’s Olympics.

What Do You Think?
Do you think that the Olympics are “killing womanhood?” Or do you think that this year’s Olympics have been better than ever for women around the globe?

Whether you agree or disagree with this commentator’s article, one fact is true: many sports bras do squash the bust in order to provide the support and control that women need during high-impact activities. In honor of our fabulous female Olympians who have achieved so much this year, tomorrow we’re going to take a look at sports bras that still look feminine. In the meantime, tell us: what do you think about this guy’s comments?

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