January 18, 2021

Critics Slam LPGA for “Body-Shaming” Women With New Dress Code

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has issued a new set of rules pertaining to dress code that some say are “body-shaming” women. Much backlash, from tennis players to magazines, have widely criticized the new changes with some of the most glaring new restrictions being the banning of plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.
Teen Vogue is one outlet that has been vocal with their critiques, with an article written by Suzannah Weiss stating:
“As more and more pointless dress codes interfere with our daily lives, women are standing up for their right to wear what they want and not be slut-shamed. Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) missed the memo about that.”
As of July 17, the stricter dress code is to be enforced based on an e-mail sent on July 2 from LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman to players. The extensive list lays out specific clothing that will no longer be allowed on course or at Pro-Am parties on the tour.
Blair O’Neal wears a pink skirt with pink sneakers at the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai.
Items in the adjusted dress code from Goetze-Ackerman’s email include the below:

Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no
Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
Leggings, unless under a skort

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