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[–] bellatrixbells 29 points (+29|-0)

"The result, [the abuser's lawyer] told The New York Times, is keeping him "from participating in the Olympic experience that he has rightfully earned."

Unfortunately when you rape people, sometimes you lose things that you've worked for. The solution is simple : don't rape people.

[–] gnarlyfem 24 points (+24|-0) Edited

I don’t think it’s fair to call what they did “performative activism.” Wearing a color to bring attention to a cause, is one of the few things an athlete can do to protest during the Olympics. It doesn’t come off performative to me. Those athletes had no choice but to have a rapist on their team, and this is their way of calling out his behavior, while bringing attention to a cause. Athletes, even male athletes, have little power when it comes to controlling the decisions of federal athletic organizations. I’m not really sure what the female fencer would have liked the men’s team to do instead. No athlete can really afford to cut their training time in order to devote it to a cause. (Obviously TIMs can spare training since they’re men up against women.) The pink masks obviously worked to bring attention to this issue, because I don’t follow fencing and knew nothing about any of this.

[–] Hermione 19 points (+19|-0)

Not sure how much more the players themselves could have done since they weren’t decision makers.

[–] muliebrity 17 points (+17|-0)

I applaud them. So many men would ignore the allegations or not comment. It's good for men to hold other men accountable, even in this small way (it doesn't sound like they could do much else, unless I'm missing something).

[–] visits_radio [OP] 12 points (+12|-0)

If they made an actual protest, they would have been disqualified. So I find what they did to be really admirable. Like you said, most men wouldn't have done it.

[–] Laurel 10 points (+10|-0)

Gestures are nice, I guess. Having this man off the team would have actually done something. Can't have that....

[–] Jade 4 points (+7|-3)

Nice gesture, I guess. I'll be happy when they wear purple, white and green masks.

And when the sex offender in question is not there right next to them competing normally, because whoever didn't ban him thought "come on, some loose woman who changed her mind can't ruin this young man's promising career. Off you go, lad, go get them!"

[–] calming-tea 6 points (+6|-0)

wear purple, white and green masks

How much are those colors used outside of the UK?

[–] Jade 1 points (+3|-2)

Aren't they very international by now? They're all over twitter or where discussions about feminism take place. In any case, pink throws me off. Pink is as if they were not with us, but for us. Pink is the girly, delicate, "women are feminine" color. TIMs can claim pink. I don't know, I just think that there is already a much stronger color symbol historically accepted. (agree that also historically it was meant to be a secret code, but it's about time it's claimed at full force :) )

[–] StealthRadfem 1 points (+1|-0)

In the USA white is the color of suffragettes, and that's the color usually used by politicians here to demonstrate solidarity with women. Personally I have never seen the purple/white/green color scheme until I started reading UK GC twitter.

Might have been a thing through the Empire - I’ve seen it associated with the Australian suffragettes.

[–] Boudicaea 2 points (+6|-4)

It was also decided that [a rapist's] addition to Team USA would not be "detrimental to the reputation of the United States

I don't think this sounds the way they meant it to sound. Of course, we have had back to back rapist presidents, so.

[–] Earthmoon 0 points (+4|-4)

They should've worn masks saying "our team mate is an accused rapist". I'm sure they feel very smug wearing their pink masks and it's true it's now a talking point. But there will be a lot of people who just wonder why they're wearing pink masks.

It's ok to directly shame rapists and abusers! Let's make a trend out of it.

[–] gnarlyfem 13 points (+13|-0)

Pretty sure that would have DQed them. Athletes aren’t allowed to use the Olympics to protest, and the IOC has a million rules to make sure no one does. I guarantee, because of this, all following Olympics masks will be part of an athlete’s official uniform and need to be approved by the IOC. A different color mask was pretty much all they could do during competition, and on such short notice.