Internet outraged over Colombian women’s cycling team’s flesh-colored uniforms
The women of the Colombia’s IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar cycling team have become the target of ridicule, scorn and criticism after photos of their team uniform have surfaced online after a race that took place in Italy last week. The team uniforms have a swatch of what appears to be flesh colored material between above the knees and below the stomach, giving the athletes the appearance of being naked from the waist down.
— ÚltimoKilómetro (@Ultimo_km1) September 12, 2014
The internet collectively clutched its pearls at the awkwardly designed uniforms and the BBC even went so far as to shame the riders by placing a black censorship bar over their crotches.
— road.cc (@roadcc) September 15, 2014
The athletes were also publicly chastised by Brian Cookson, president of the International Cyclists Union.
To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency.
— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) September 14, 2014
Despite the panic over the allegedly sexualized uniforms, writer Alex Murray is quick to point out a few key important details. For starters, the uniforms aren’t even flesh-colored at all, but gold. Unfortunately, that never seems to come across well in pictures. Also, the women had been wearing the uniforms for the past few months without incident, so the outrage can be pinpointed to a few pictures taken in harsh lighting.
However, the most salient point Murray makes is that female professional cyclists earn only a fraction of the income of their male counterparts. That wage gap is infinitely more outrageous than some awkwardly designed uniforms.
In any case, it seems like the women of the IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar cycling team are owed more than a few apologies for being slut shamed over the fact that their uniforms aren’t particularly photogenic.