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Columnist slammed over sexist remarks

He said that the appearance of many female Olympians was "pathetic". He was accused of sexism.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2012 00:44 IST

A Turkish newspaper columnist has come under fire after writing an article which said that the Olympic Games is destroying the female figure.

Yuksel Aytug, wrote the article called ‘Womanhood is dying at the Olympics’, that was published in the daily newspaper Sabah and on the paper’s website.

However, the piece soon spread around the world as it said that the Games was distorting women’s bodies and extra points should be given to female athletes based on how feminine they looked.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, he said: “Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips [they are] totally indistinguishable from men,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Their breasts — the symbol of womanhood, motherhood — flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed.”

“I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers,” he said. He further said that the appearance of many female Olympians was “pathetic”.

Following the publication of his article, Aytug was strongly criticised on Twitter and by his own female colleagues. He was accused of sexism and reducing the identity of women purely to their appearance.

In his column, he also said that the Olympic Games have forced women to look more like men so they could become successful.

One Turkish columnist, Banu Tuna, sarcastically asked Aytug if he thought the term “woman” meant just a collection of legs, hips and breasts. She also suggested that he watch lingerie fashion shows instead of the Olympic Games.

First Published: Aug 10, 2012 00:43 IST