Maybe people should learn to control themselves
This is gross. Gymnastics isn’t over-sexualized because of leotards. It’s over-sexualized because creepy grown adults sexualize and fetishize young girls. Guess what? They’d still do it if the athletes were allowed to wear shorts. They’d still do it if the athletes wore head to toe one piece footie pajamas. You know why? Because it’s not about the attire. At all. It’s about grown men being disgusting pigs toward young women, which happens every day in every aspect of life, not just in the gym where gymnasts happen to wear leotards.
Ok, I was a gymnast up until this year and that’s ridiculous. It’s a safety hazard to have big/ loose clothing. Gymnasts wear leotards for the same reason we have to pull back our hair. Loose clothing or hair can get wrapped around the bars, stepped on, and block your vision which is a HUGE safety hazard and can lead to serious injuries. Plus baggy clothing makes it hard for coaches and judges to see the gymnast’s body positions like a straight or bent leg, tight core, and arched back. Gymnastics isn’t overly sexualized, ask any gymnast and they will tell you its not a sexual sport. Gymnastics is about making art with your body, challenging yourself mentally and physically, enjoying the company of other who share the same interests as you, and having fun. Don’t say it’s an overly sexualized sport if you obviously don’t know anything about it.
^^^ this. Amen