I put this out through the IFLS twitter, but I think it’s worth a post too. Queen’s Law is part of a new blog Women in Sport International and has created a Legal Research Team to go along with the blog project. Prof Kathy Lahey, some prominent former Olympic Athletes, and a team of students are the forces behind it.
I saw some members of this team (Erin Durant and Laura Robinson) put on a dynamic presentation about the history of women’s struggles with the IOC last October at Queen’s (related IFLS posts here one about a movie and the other about Olympic Ski Jumping). And I have been looking for someone to sort out the badminton skirts issue for me – i’ve been wondering about the different reactions of prominent international players – what is the relevance of the different national contexts in which they play/relate to fans/live? how does the international nature of the organization make the issue more complicated? The move has been pitched as a way of “glamourizing” the sport (sounds familiar)- but there’s also the suggestion that some of the shorts worn are actually more revealing of the body than skirts would be. So is this about dressing like a girl to look somehow less threatening, or just about looking sexier? Are these the same thing? Many, many vexing questions (let me be clear – the RULE i think is ridiculous. I’m just not sure how to analyse the reaction to the rule). For this reason and more, I look forward to more from this blog!