MacLennan takes part in Dove's Girl's Unstoppable campaign to raise awareness about body issues among female athletes. According to Dove research, 6 out of 10 girls quit playing sports because they did not like the way they look. Do you think that this pertains more to sports that have girls wearing "sexy" uniforms as opposed to sports where girls are more clothed? Putting my body image issues aside, I know that I never really felt unhappy playing sports because of how I looked but that may be because I play hockey and soccer. In hockey, I am wearing head to two equipment and in soccer I wear a baggy t-shirt and shorts. But what about other sports that promote barely there uniforms...volleyball, swimming, etc. Do these uniforms impact how we feel about our looks?
There is an important issue that needs to be addressed about female uniforms and it's a tricky subject. Girls and young women should absolutely feel they can wear whatever they would like without feeling unsafe in doing so....but it's also important to note that female fashions exist for a purpose. That purpose being to sexualize women, to make women feel that they are only powerful when being sexy and to be appealing for men. This may not be our intentions when we put a sexy outfit on and we shouldn't feel guilty or unsafe when deciding to wear what we want...but we do have to understand that these fashions were created with a specific intent.
This is clear in sports that both men and women play and you see the difference in uniforms! Let's take a look at the difference for the sport of volleyball:
Girls, remember that you are beautiful regardless of what you wear, what sport you play or what size you are. If you love to play sports, play them! Just enjoy the game!