Paige Spiranac: Lame LPGA Dress Code Exists to Ban My Boobs!

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Paige Spiranac may not be the best golfer in the history of the world, but she may be the best-looking person to ever pick up a club.

Or do anything, for that matter.

That being said, it is with heavy heart that we report that her employer wants rein in her assets - and we don't mean her short game.

Paige Spirinac Photo

Paige does not yet have a permanent spot on the LPGA Tour, though she has played events on it several times in recent years.

The next time she plays - which she hopes will be her full-time career sooner rather than later - she may look different, however.

Spiranac believes that she's been deemed too sexy for pro golf, by virtue of the women's tour's strict new dress code restrictions.

Plunging necklines are now banned, and the new rules include no leggings unless under a skirt or shorts and no jogging bottoms. 

The 24-year-old, who has become Instagram-famous for her tantalizing photos (and for her golf game too, we suppose), is upset.

“Take the vague banning of plunging necklines," she writes in Fortune, proceeding to call the new golf fashion ban what it is.

Paige Spirinac Pic

"What even constitutes a plunging neckline? Most likely, this edict was put into place to eliminate the presence of cleavage."

"In that case, a curvier, fuller-figured woman would be chided and fined far more often than a woman with a smaller bust."

"In a world where women are continually and unwantedly sexualized," Spirinac says, this merely reinforces this sad truth.

"This new rule serves as yet another reason for women to feel ashamed of their bodies," she laments, while acknowledging: 

I may not go down in history as the best female golfer to ever play, but my intent is to do whatever I can to grow the game.”

She's certainly succeeded at raising the level of debate.

Paige Spirinac: Golfer

Paige, who has 1.1 million Instagram fans and numerous endorsement deals, knows it isn't all about her, but feels she must speak out.

Spiranac says the dress code does a disservice to golfers and that rules such as this "are stifling the growth of the women’s game."

The way she sees it, these rules are less about policing the behavior of women currently in the LPGA than about limiting accessto it.

Rather, it's to be "sure that only players who echo golf’s more traditional, conservative norms are attracted to and excel at the sport."

"Up to this point, there have been no incidences or photos of LPGA players dressed in a way that has cast the tour in a negative light.

"But if the LPGA players themselves aren’t the problem, these new rules may have been put in place as an exclusionary measure."

Paige Spiranac: Actually Golfing!

Spiranac says for curvy women, it's another "reminder that to be respected, they must alter their behavior because of outside perception."

Golf, she points out, is no longer a leisurely pursuit for weekend warriors but a full-fledged sport, where one must be an athlete to win.

"If professionalism in golf equals athleticism," Paige therefore reasons, "then athleticism should be promoted and showcased."

"That means allowing the clothes that promote it."

"By labeling women as looking 'unprofessional' when showing cleavage or shorts worn under a skirt, the LPGA is perpetrating outdated stereotypes."

"The connection between what a woman wears and her morals, as well as insinuating that women do not have control over the perception of their bodies."

"That they must bend to the whim of the male gaze."

Paige Spirinac Bikini Photo

Spiranac says she aims to "stop social injustices and prejudices from creeping into the game that I fell in love with at such a young age.

"In the age of millennials, women’s rights, and female empowerment, I hope my voice helps to encourage the next generation of great female athletes." 

Paige hasn’t been alone in railing against the dress code, which drew swift condemnation from pros including major winner Lexi Thompson.

Thompson didn’t use so many words to criticize the LPGA, but posted a photo of herself in an outfit that looked like it was from the 1800s.

The LPGA, for its part, defends the move.

The new rules are merely to "present [players] in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game," according to a spokesperson.

Agree? Disagree? Discuss.

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