Golf association accused of “slut-shaming” over new dress codes

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A leading golf association has been accused of “slut-shaming” its female golfers over the introduction of new dress codes.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has introduced a strict new dress code, which bans players from wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the golf course.

An email, sent by LPGA President Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, said, “Length of skirt, skort and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over, cut-offs or jeans with holes and jogging bottoms. Racerback tops are only allowed if accompanied with a collar.”

The email also details that if the players didn’t comply with the new rules then they would face a fine of £765. If they continue to break the rules, the fine will be doubled after each offence.

However, the association has been accused of “slut-shaming” and many have criticised the move.

Teen Vogue said that the dress code has set women “way back,” while the group, Women in Sports have said that the focus should be on women’s talent rather than their clothes.

A spokesperson for Women in Sports said, “We should always focus on the talent and athleticism of our female sport stars as opposed to their appearance.”

“Women and girls should wear what makes them feel comfortable when taking part in sport and should not be deterred by unnecessary dress codes.”

Speaking to Golf Digest, Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LGPA tour’s communications and tour operations officer defended the decision, saying, “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game.”

“While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends.”

“This specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”

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