Our view: Rowan sports bra collapse provides courses for institutions

 

The University of Ron has an exciting week. Not the kind that it likes.

Some sports officials have explained that female athletes are prohibited from practicing sports bras, so small mistakes have gradually become a verbal policy of global contempt.

University officials quickly developed a policy that explicitly allowed exercise in sports bras, but the wave of criticism is already rolling. The media then reported numerous online reviews, and even within a few days, even silent publications such as Teen Vogue and Outside Magazine were emerging. Runner’s World claims, “It’s 2018. Stop telling women what to wear.” A few weeks later, half of the first page of online search for Rowan University news was still about the sports bra ban and reversal.

The response to this chaotic, out-of-date policy – even if it really only dominates the minds of some members of the sports sector – and the rapid correction of the university is exciting. The social immune response shows that this level of ignorance of gender equality is highly unlikely to be occupied in any civilized place.

Even this small, limited plot does not need to happen, and other institutions can learn from Rowan’s mistakes to avoid this unfortunate mistake. It is stumped by institutional rigidity, semantics and lack of communication.

The ancient verbal policy of no athletes can practice shirtless beyond the development of sportswear. The sports bra is a workout suit that has been the hottest choice for women for many years. They are not like bras, not bikini tops, and they are not so revealed.

However, Ron’s sports director apparently told the new employee that he must wear a shirt on the sports top and add this huge red flag: because the sports bra “distracts the football player.” When a member of the women’s cross-country team is online It quickly became a competitor when it was released.

If sports directors and football coaches are more committed to “providing the most adaptable and fairest environment for all athletes,” as President Rowan Ali Hosmand puts it, they may have noticed that sports bras are just like this. Up.

If the communication between Rowan officials is more open and effective, they may get some help. If the off-road coach asks the government about a suspicious verbal policy, rather than just communicating it to her players, then the crash may have been avoided. But asking for a new staff member and robbing the sports department everywhere at this time of education is a lot of things.

The entire series seems a bit odd.

Nearly twenty years ago, Brandi Chastain pulled off her shirt, squatted on her sports bra, celebrated her penalty and won the Women’s Football World Cup. A few people were shocked and complained, but when this iconic image appeared on the cover of several magazines, the United States seemed to show a sensible attitude towards this sportswear.

However, as usual, progress is slow and occasionally unbalanced. The Ron case will help the sports department around the country catch up.

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