This week the internet Lost It’s Mind when this photo made it’s way around News Feeds across the Whole Wide World.
In case you missed it, this is a photo of a women’s cycling team from Bogotá, Colombia in the Tour of Tuscany wearing a rather unfortunate kit that features a wide band of fleshy-colored fabric across the crotch and hips. Clearly, it doesn’t photograph well. It’s actually gold, not nude. And those aren’t exposed vaginas. Well they’re vaginas, but they’re covered.
The Colombians didn’t “go all Brazilian” as proclaimed in the Mirror’s “Camel Toe” Headlined piece. Oh, the puns flew over their lady bits. Twitter even slapped a “sensitive material” warning on some of the pictures. The BBC ran a black bar across their bits. And then this from International Cycling Union President, Brian Cookson:
Quite frankly, I think he has more important matters to investigate in cycling than these not-so-cute kits. Just sayin’.
Those kits were designed by team member Angie Tatiana Rojas. Just to make things clear, Angie is a professional athlete. She’s a female professional cyclist. So since we were going to be chit chatting about women’s cycling, maybe we should have discussed more important issues and not 6 labia majoras.
Aoife Glass wrote a great piece over at Total Women’s Cycling about what the conversation should have been about. She touches on inequalities which professional female cyclists have been dealing with for years. Lately, they’ve been reaching a boiling point. While women in cycling have certainly come a long way this year with La Course by Le Tour de France, which brought the top women in cycling to ride the legendary route, and win a respectable purse, there are still miles to go. And they’re all uphill.
According to her piece, here are the 5 Issues in Women’s Professional Cycling that Are More Important Than That Kit:
- Equal Pay
- Equal Prize Money
- Equal Racing
- Equal Coverage
- Equal Funding and Opportunities
It’s a shame that the dialogue couldn’t be about what’s REALLY going on in women’s cycling and not about which team is going to wind up on the “What Not To Wear” list. When will this end? The theme there is Equality, not Camel Toes. It’s the same goddamn story and it’s unacceptable. Not for nothing, they’re not the first team to sport a gold kit. A Spanish Men’s pro team wore the same unfortunate color. Back in 2010. And the Twitterverse didn’t make a peep. Somehow sadly, I’m not surprised.