Full of admiration as I am for the achievements of British athletes at last week’s European Championships, one thing troubles me.
Is there something I’m not getting about aerodynamics and the female body?
Some consequence of physics that decrees that while it’s okay for male athletes to perform in full length shirts and shorts extending half-way down the thigh, women can only perform to their best if sporting 12 inches of bare midriff and glorified bikini pants?
I hope there is a technical answer to this question, because if not, it begs another one.
In a society that normally clamps down hard on the objectification of women, how come athletics is getting a free pass?