A breast?! Breast milk?! The officials swoon
Sport is in so many ways the last bastion of Neanderthal attitudes towards women (and I probably should apologies to Neanderthals for slandering them by the comparison), but the latest Australian incident really takes the biscuit.
Netballer Janine Illitch will be allowed to express breastmilk in the Commonwealth Games village, despite reports team officials opposed the plan.
Netball Australia chief executive Lindsay Cane today said issues remained as the association had not yet seen the Games Village facilities, but coaches, support staff and players were united in supporting Illitch.
... Netball coach Norma Plummer yesterday created controversy when she said it was a "delicate issue" and she didn't know whether there would be the facilities for Illitch to express milk for her six-month-old baby Heath.
What is the issue?
There needs to be a fridge and washing-up facilities? Well, yes, but I rather suspect that somewhere within the vicinity of a lot of athletes there'll be a few fridges and washing-up facilities. Probably even a power point, I'd hazard a guess, should you wish to plug in a steriliser.
So what's the problem? Could it just be that dinosaur officials - even female officials - just can't cope with the fact that a woman can be both a mother AND an athlete? Or perhaps they just can't cope with the thought that breasts have a purpose other than decorating oh-so-tasteful, not-quite-nude calendars? A - shock, horror - non-sexual purpose.