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Ex-Olympic medalist Kotani battles objectification of women in sport

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"Back then I was just happy synchro swimming was on the cover, but later I realized there are people who look at it that way (as a sexual image)," she said.

Sounds disingenuous. Isn't there a tradition now of bare-chested hunks at the opening ceremony?

"I hope our efforts at the Tokyo Olympics improve Japanese society and lead to a better future. Our work only becomes meaningful when that happens."

Then the work has failed already. It smacks of the LDP fake "womenomics" proposals that are cover for their geriatric male crony agenda.

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How many times do we see an older Japanese man and a very young and attractive woman (or girl) on tv, in ads on the train, or billboards. This isn't explicitly sexual, but it somehow sells an image that probably needs to be rethought.

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Former artistic swimming star Mikako Kotani 

A "sport" in which the main elements seem to be the costumes and makeup..

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These venues are private, just keep cameras out.

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Best of luck for her but she faces a lot of problems that make her fight extremely difficult. In one part because sexism is still deeply ingrained in sports and have a lot to do with how the events are promoted and the expectations of the public (fortunately this is changing), another problem is that technology has made very easy to take high quality pictures and video with hidden cameras and post them anonymously in sites overseas which mean it becomes very difficult to stop even if now is recognized as a problem.

The final problem I can think of right now is that ambiguous laws and badly defined transgressions make very difficult to put penalties to people that objectify athletes, even in the case mentioned in the article (the man uploading pictures in May 2021) he was arrested for copyright infringements and not because of the nature of the material.

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No one can stop anyone from objectifying whatever, be it sports or a harmless photo of a woman wearing mask. The more you try to sensationalize this, the more it gets to attract perverts.

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Here we go with the thought police......

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We had the right to check images that were deemed suspicious and ask people to delete them. It was good the rule was clear that violators would be ejected. Athletes perform better when they feel they are in a safe environment," she said.

Who decides what is a good or bad photo, which is artistic by definition ?

That is surely a dictatorship to check what is in your camera for no reason. It defies the purpose. What is unlawful is the use of photos with absence of a copyright.

Big brother is watching you.

Men will always admire beautiful women, whatever activity. Recognition in sports comes by being above the sex or whatever symbol. Japan should look into the mirror and ask why there are so many teenagers like girls covers on magazines, with due copyrights. That is cultural.

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Just ban the taking of pictures outright

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They should hire photographers for the event who follow specific guidelines and release approved photos then no problem.

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Best of luck for her but she faces a lot of problems that make her fight extremely difficult. 

Ahhh, that is in the title of this article, yes.

The final problem I can think of right now is that ambiguous laws and badly defined transgressions make very difficult to put penalties to people that objectify athletes,

Okkkk. Whatever!

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Ban photos completely at the competition and use artists just like in courtrooms. Problem solved!

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Maybe not be so sensitive about people looking at pictures of someone competing as an "artistic swimmer".

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As we don't show off money to the public, If we don't want to have the money stolen. Women shouldn't wear such bathing suits. No men asked to wear such bathing suits. That's true to everyday life. Women always figure out what appeals to men. thats why women wear clothes to show off their legs and body. then they are satisfied with that. If they dont want to be a victim of sexism, they should cover their body and face as much as possible like Taliban controlled Afghanistan.

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How can you stop a person objectifying

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