It's Saturday night, and since I have the day off tomorrow, I am left with time to ponder athletic-wear. You know what I'm talking about. Why, oh why, are women athletes compelled to wear those bikini bottoms?
Also, how do they keep them in place? Seriously!
I guess when it comes to beach volleyball, I get it. It's a beach sport, after all. But Light Princess and I can't help noticing that many of the marathon runners are wearing the itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny running bottoms, and some of them don't fit, shall we say, "snugly" in or on the rear. I'm not a runner, but I can't imagine anything more miserable than running all those miles in a bikini bottom that leaves your bum hanging out for all the world, and in this case it really is all the world, to see.
On the one hand, I guess I like the idea of women being so confident and secure in their bodies that they can run or play games or whatever else in form-fitting gear that works for the particular sport. I've read that the beach volleyball players like the bikinis because they are snug enough to keep the sand out, and I can see where that might be beneficial.
Form follows function, I get it. But is this really case for long-distance runners? Their success is not simply about speed but about endurance.
The only reason the male beach volleyball players aren't topless? Sponsors didn't want to lose the advertising space on their tank tops.
It's enough to make a person cynical.