lolz. I don’t even know where to begin with this other than: “classic misinterpretation.”
I like to watch Olympic stuff during Olympic years. As in… all of it. What I don’t enjoy seeing is practically all of the male diver’s butts hanging not only out of the bottom of their speedos (because they’re too small) but out of the top. Let me recap: I can see their actual butt cheeks and crack. Pardon me if I’m put off at the sight of this on my 55” HD TV while the camera
manperson zooms in allllll the way. Swimming speedos on men were once like briefs. Now they’re getting closer and closer to low-cut boy shorts (that women wear). How exactly do exposed butt cheeks “best optimize the performance”? Please enlighten me.
Anyone primarily interested in athletic performance would not be “losing interest.” A statement like yours above shows a knee-jerk tendency to sexualize the bodies of male and female human beings who happen to be athletes, not a knee-jerk tendency to appreciate how form (bodies) and function (of uniforms on a body; of the body in the sport) intertwine in such activities.
Why do male and female athletes in a number of competitive (and especially individual) sports wear so little? Judges need to see form; athletes need to move with ease; with nothing in their way; nothing keeping them from moving as smooth as possible, be it through air or water.