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Women want more skin in men’s beach volleyball

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>> The big controversy at the beach volleyball at the Olympics this year, why are the men showing more flesh? I'm Steve Eisenhammer, reporting for Reuters News, on Copacabana Beach. So there's been a lot of focus on what people wear in beach volleyball, particularly at the Olympics. Most of that focus has been on what the women wear.
00:00:19
They wear these tiny little bikinis and a lot of people have been very critical that this objectifies women. What there hasn't been so much focus on is what the men wear. The men wear these kind of baggy tank tops, these long shorts. Some people have argued that this kind of shows sexism in sport, that there's some kind of homophobia at the top of the stakeholders, the decision makers or the broadcasters, sponsors and Federation level that would rather see girls wearing very little than men.
00:00:47
So I talked to some female athletes, female fans, and they were all agreed on one thing, they'd like to see the men play in less clothing. So, I brought that to the Federation Chief and said, come on, why is it that this is so unfair? Why is it the women wear these tiny bikinis, and the men wear these long shorts.
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And he explained that the sponsors want the space on the men's tops to advertise. They were already slightly frustrated that on the women they have very little space, and they want to maintain the space that they have on the men. Here, most of the men, when they're playing beach volleyball, they wear these tiny little shorts.
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They're called zungas here in Brazil, and men wear them very proudly. When I asked them why they wore this particular attire, they said, it's more comfortable, I can go swimming straight after a game, I can have a beer while I dry off, and that's just part of the culture here.
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But, the male volleyball stars looked shocked when I suggested they might play in zungas they said topless, maybe, zungas no, zungas no.