German gymnasts' decision to wear unitards at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 is a brave take on fighting sexualization of the sport and promoting freedom of choice. The German female gymnastics team composed of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz, and Kim Bui chose this global platform to inspire women all around the globe to wear what makes them comfortable.
Traditionally women gymnasts are expected to wear bikini-cut leotards, but the German design of full-body leotards challenges this sexist and obsolete policy.
Men's teams have been wearing full-body covering outfits for a long time, so why can’t women's teams do the same? Even as a five-year-old, I have wondered this, and now in my adult life, I realize just how toxic these archaic policies are! Young girls are shown that they need to dress up a certain way during the most delicate growing years of their lives. It is time that this changes. The long-overdue initiative to stop sexualising the sport and the female gymnasts is finally taking place. This inspiring movement shows women all over the world that no matter what, they should always have the freedom to choose what they wear.
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