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Instagram-famous golfer Paige Spiranac rails against LPGA dress code

Count Paige Spiranac among those voicing their contempt for the LPGA’s new, much more strict and controversial dress code.

Spiranac, 24, isn’t yet on the LPGA Tour following a college career at San Diego State. But she has amassed 1.1 million followers on Instagram, due in part to her penchant for posting provocative photographs.

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It does warrant mentioning, however, that Spiranac does use Instagram to articulate her love of and devotion to golf on Instagram — sometimes with impressive trick-shot videos — as well.

I love golf. I love the golf swing. I love learning everything I can about the game. I love practicing. I don’t love competing and that’s a fight I’ve been dealing with the last few years. People think that “making it” is just about ability but there’s so much more to it. Especially with golf, being mentally strong is 90% of the game. Last year I was beat up mentally and was dealing with more than anyone could imagine behind closed doors. It took a toll on me and I started to hate this game I love so dearly. I played around 20 tournaments, made money in all but 2 and got a win as my first year as a pro. However I hated every second of it and was having breakdowns because of all the harassment, death threats, and other problems I wish to keep private. This year I have taken some time off from competing to focus on myself and my passions which is being an ambassador for cyberbullying, doing clinics for young girls and boys, and creating fun videos to hopefully help grow the game. Within this time I’ve been grinding on my swing and fitness and it’s by far the best my swing as felt ever. I appreciate all the support and thank you for following my journey! I always try to be as honest as possible about what I’m going through in hopes I can help others but also show that no matter how perfect or easy someone’s life might appear on social media that we are all dealing with our own personal battles. Again thank you for following and always making my day better with every positive comment

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The LPGA recently introduced a new dress code with guidelines that prohibit plunging necklines and skirts, skorts or shorts that do not sufficiently cover a player’s “bottom area,” among other things.

In an essay recently published by Fortune, Spiranac passionately railed against the dress code, arguing it does far more harm than good.

Take the vague banning of “plunging necklines.” What constitutes a plunging neckline? Most likely, this edict was put into place to eliminate the presence of cleavage. In that case, a curvier, fuller-figured woman would be chided and fined far more often than a woman with a smaller bust. In a world where women are continually and unwantedly sexualized, this new rule serves as yet another reason for women to feel ashamed of their bodies, and a reminder that to be respected, they must alter their behavior because of outside perception.

If professionalism in golf equals athleticism, then athleticism should be promoted and showcased, and that means allowing the clothes that promote it. By labeling women as looking “unprofessional” when showing cleavage or shorts worn under a skirt, the LPGA is perpetrating the outdated stereotypes about the connection between what a woman wears and her morals, as well as insinuating that women do not have control over the perception of their bodies, but rather that they must bend to the every whim of the male gaze.

LPGA star Lexi Thompson also ripped the new dress code, mocking it by posting a photograph of herself wearing golf gear more befitting the early 1900s.

[New York Post]

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