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    Exclamation Why I support Feminism in Aust. - Second-class Olympians fume over team gender bias

    Australian women Olympians have weighed into an escalating row over the second-class treatment of elite female athletes compared to their male counterparts.

    Women athletes in London are up in arms after Japan's world-beating women's soccer team - a strong gold-medal chance - revealed it had flown premium economy to London while the lower-ranked men's team enjoyed business class.
    But Australia's women basketballers have confirmed they also had different travel arrangements to the men's squad for the journey to London. While the Boomers flew in business class, the Opals made the long-haul trip in premium economy - and that was an upgrade.
    The Opals have never protested publicly about this longstanding treatment of national teams and players would not comment on the record today, but they do not like it and say such inequality has been a long-standing source of contention.
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    The Opals have won silver medals at the last three Olympics, bronze in 1996, and are hell-bent on gold in London. The Boomers, by comparison, have never won a Olympics medal, although they have come close three times, finishing fourth in 1988, 1992 and 2000.

    After Japan's women's soccer team arrived in Paris from Tokyo for a friendly match against France en route to the Olympics, captain Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA women's world player of the year, highlighted the contrasting status of her national teams. The men's under-23 team, not expected to win a medal in London, sat in business class on the same flight.
    While Japan's female soccer players are, in the majority, only semi-professional, Sawa told reporters they should at least be treated as equal to the men for the Olympic Games.
    Japan's male soccer team last won an Olympic medal - the bronze - in 1968, but have reportedly been flown business class by the national football association since the Atlanta Games in 1996. The women's team was only upgraded by Japan's soccer federation for its return trip after winning the World Cup in Germany last year.

    The male and female members of Australia's sprint cycling team all travelled to Europe from Australia in economy class, while professional road cyclists are often upgraded by their teams.
    Fairfax has sought comment from the Australian Olympic Committee and Basketball Australia.

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    Yeah, ridiculous. We jump up and down and scream for them when they win us a medal and then treat them as if they are worth less than the men - a medal is a medal -gender doesn't even come into play.

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    All I can say is "please explain".

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    Not to mention the more skimpy outfits, sorry, team uniforms, the women wear compared to men.

    Tennis
    Men: loose clothing of long shorts and t-shirts
    Women: skimpy mini skirts and tight fitting tanks.

    Beach volley ball
    Men: loose clothing of shorts and tank
    Women: bikinis

    Yeah, women aren't sexuslised or treated differently at ALL

    *I can haz typos*

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    I'm sure they will trot out all the old nonsense about how more people watch the mens' events = more advertising money/sponsorship = more funding for more expensive airfares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    Not to mention the more skimpy outfits, sorry, team uniforms, the women wear compared to men.

    Tennis
    Men: loose clothing of long shorts and t-shirts
    Women: skimpy mini skirts and tight fitting tanks.

    Beach volley ball
    Men: loose clothing of shorts and tank
    Women: bikinis

    Yeah, women aren't sexuslised or treated differently at ALL

    *I can haz typos*
    Ugh. I can't STAND the difference in uniforms. It's horrible. Sport is still so sexist.

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    Disgraceful.

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    I don't understand. What has this got to do with the title of this thread? The OP has ventured no opinion, just posted an article that has taken to be illustrative of sex bias as opposed to a decision made by a sporting organisation and based on criteria we know nothing about.

    Women in volleyball choose what they wear. My cousin plays and they choose. When a move was made some years ago to bring in shorts and tank tops there was a protest. So, who's being discriminated against here and what's this got to do with feminism?

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    Should I mention that irrelevant of gender most of the field athletes travel economy or premium economy.
    And all of our soldiers travel economy when they travel overseas or home, I would say that they probably deserve to travel business class more than any of the athletes.

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    Regardless of if they chose the uniform or not (after all, your cousin is one person). I find it very hard to believe that they *choose* to fly economy where the men fly business class.

    If it didn't bother them, I doubt they would be talking to the press about it.

    And - we aren't having a conversation about soldiers, we are talking about the discrepancies of men and women in sport.

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    I don't understand. What has this got to do with the title of this thread? The OP has ventured no opinion, just posted an article that has taken to be illustrative of sex bias as opposed to a decision made by a sporting organisation and based on criteria we know nothing about.

    Women in volleyball choose what they wear. My cousin plays and they choose. When a move was made some years ago to bring in shorts and tank tops there was a protest. So, who's being discriminated against here and what's this got to do with feminism?

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