Removal of the sexist and archaic swimsuit coverage rule in the IGHSAU

Removal of the sexist and archaic swimsuit coverage rule in the IGHSAU

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Olivia Taeger started this petition to IGHSAU committee

The Iowa Girls High School Swimming manual has a rule regarding the coverage of a female's swimsuit. The rule says, "Disqualify a swimmer at the completion of the heat if there is an observed non-compliant suit. Notify the coach, not the swimmer, if the infraction concerns suit coverage." 

Not only is the rule dated and completely subjective, but there is no rule regarding male swimsuit coverage in the Iowa High School Athletic Association boys' swimming manual. Girls swimming officials are given the permission to analyze female swimmers' bodies and determine whether they fit appropriately into their team suits. Females are unable to control their body shapes, giving them little to no control as to how their swimsuits fit. The rule also does not account for movement of the suit when the swimmers are actually swimming. When a swimmer is kicking and swinging their arms, their swimsuit is bound to move, but they will be unable to fix it in the middle of the race. Female and male suits are cut very differently. A female suit is cut at a sharper angle in the buttocks region while the male suit tends to be more U-shaped. This difference makes the female swimsuit more prone to slippage as well as a completely different overall fit of the suit.

In Alaska, there was a very similar situation in which a female swimmer was disqualified because the officials did not believe that her swimsuit covered enough of her body. This case ended up in favor of the swimmer. To read more, please see the link below. 

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/11/us/high-school-swimsuit-disqualified-alaska-trnd/index.html 

By signing this petition, you are agreeing that this rule is arbitrary and antiquated and has no place in the Iowa High School Girls Swimming rule book.

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