The Reading / Listening – Pink – Level 4

The singer Pink is involved in a beach handball sexism row. She offered to pay a fine the European Handball Federation (EHF) gave to Norway’s women’s team for not wearing bikini bottoms at the 2021 European Beach Handball Championships. The EHF fined the team $1,765 for wearing “improper clothing”. Men were allowed to wear shorts, but the women had to wear bikinis. Pink offered to pay the fine and said the EHF should be fined “for sexism”.

Norway’s handball federation said bikinis were “not appropriate clothing”. Male players were allowed to wear shorts 10cm above the knee; while women were expected to wear very short tops and bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg”. Norway called the rule discriminatory and “completely ridiculous”. It asked: “How many attitude changes are needed in the old-fashioned international patriarchy of sports?”