LPGA slammed as sexist for enforcing new dress code straight 'out of Sunday school'
The LPGA is copping heavy criticism for its latest dress code standards for female golfers, forbidding them from wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course.
Unsurprisingly initial reactions have been overwhelmingly negative, with Teen Vogue accusing the governing body's policy of "slut shaming" female players.
Starting this week, the LPGA will crack down on the athletes following an email to all players from LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, which detailed an extensive list of clothing that will no longer be allowed on course and at pro-am parties on the tour, The Guardian reported.
A report in Golf Digest said the items listed in Goetze-Ackerman's email were:
- Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback)
- Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
- Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
- Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
- Joggers are NOT allowed
Players could be fined US$1000 (NZ$1370) for the first offence, with fines doubling for each subsequent breach.
Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA tour's communications and tour operations officer, told Golf Digest: "The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game."
"While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members."
Former European men's tour player Matt Blackey tweeted; "I'm not sure a stricter dress code will help golf's appeal," while golf writer Robert Lusetich tweeted that his former Sunday school teacher must have been writing the code, The Guardian reported.