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Ladies Professional Golf Association Announces Strict New Dress Code

"Plunging necklines are NOT allowed."

As more and more pointless dress codes interfere with our daily lives, women are standing up for their right to wear what they want and not be slut-shamed. Apparently, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) missed the memo about that. It just announced a dress code that sets its athletes — and women as a whole — way back, Golf Digest reports.

On July 2, LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman sent an email to female golfers on tour, telling them that starting July 17, there'd be some new rules. A lot of rules. The email reads:

  • 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.
  • Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  • Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
  • Joggers are NOT allowed

Which leaves you wondering, what is allowed?

What's worse is that these golfers aren't even buying their own clothes, so they have to make sure their sponsors get the right ones. And if they don't, it's the athletes who are punished — big time. If they violate this dress code, they have to pay $1,000. And every time they break it after that, they have to pay double the amount.

Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA tour's chief communications and tour operations officer, told Golf Digest that the goal was for players "to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game." But we don't see why someone can't look professional in leggings. If anything, policing these women's bodies and clothes takes away from their professional accomplishments. And if the sport wants a positive image, body-shaming is not the way to get it.

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