U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team Will Continue to Rock Their Bikinis

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Despite a new rule that allows female volleyball players to compete in shorts and t-shirts (and thus allow countries whose strict religious rules forbid women from getting full enjoyment out of the summer heat), the U.S. women insist that they will be wearing their bikinis because, dammit, it's still summer and they're going to enjoy the good weather for as long as they can.

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Though teammates Misty May-Treanor and Jen Kessy both grew up frolicking carefree on the beach and so are totally comfortable in their bikinis, they acknowledge that the new rule is great because it opens up the sport to women who might not otherwise be able to compete. "We want women of all different religions to be able to play our sport," said Kessy, "and to not be able to play because of the gear is not OK." Treanor added that she grew up on the beach, in a bikini, and that she's most comfortable clad in two small pieces of swimwear because "what you see is what you get — there's no airbrushing."

So, thanks but no thanks for the wardrobe rule change — the American women will be showing-off their six-pack abs in front of the Queen, because that's how we do.

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MoRextraordinaire
MoRextraordinaire

It would have been nicer if she had said ""We want women of all different comfort levels with showing their body to be able to play our sport,"

The assumption that only religion stands between a woman and her natural state of shedding clothes in public is intensely problematic. Women have so much pressure to find public partial or complete nudity to be freeing, when really it is just accommodation.

Nobody's individual comfort levels and desires to be mostly naked in public do not change this. Not hers. Not yours.