"A costume born of patriarchal forces": athletes slam 'sexist' Nike kit

Nike's US women's track kit
(Image credit: Dustin Satloff / Stringer via Getty Images)

Nike recently caught flack from athletes and fans alike for its new US women's track team kit, which many criticised for its skimpy appearance compared to the men's alternative. The uniforms of professional female athletes have been a hot topic for some time and the good news is that things are changing – the bad news is, it's happening too slowly. 

Unfortunately, it's not the first time that a sports kit has caused controversy (cast your mind back to the England football kit debacle) but Nike's latest flop points to a deeper issue in the sporting world. Whether it's the blatant sexism that many claim, or simply a severe design oversight, it's clear that things need to change. One thing's for certain, female athletes aren't afraid to make their voices heard. 

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Natalie Fear
Staff Writer

Natalie is Creative Bloq's staff writer. With an eye for trending topics and a passion for internet culture, she brings you the latest in art and design news. A recent English Literature graduate, Natalie enjoys covering the lighter side of the news and brings a fresh and fun take to her articles. Outside of work (if she’s not glued to her phone), she loves all things music and enjoys singing sweet folky tunes.