When will my gym wear my jeans?
On Friday, the NCAA released the list of “official” gender-neutral gym attire, and it included the usual suspects like T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and sneakers.
But when will they actually stop being a source of embarrassment for everyone?
The rules for official gender-negotiation attire were supposed to be a bit more open-ended.
Now that they’re actually in place, however, some people will probably just ignore them.
The rules for officially gender-nonconforming attire are as follows: Athletic apparel must not be deemed inappropriate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for a specific gender.
It must also not be “inappropriate for the individual’s anatomy, physical appearance, physical activity, or level of athletic ability.”
In the event of an athletic event being deemed inappropriate for any of these criteria, then the sport’s organizers will have to create a new rule for “appropriate attire” that is more flexible than the old one.
“It was an attempt to address the need for gender-variant-friendly sportswear to be more inclusive and respectful to all individuals,” wrote NCAA president Mark Emmert in a statement.
“This new rule is based on our ongoing discussions with the American College Sports Organizations regarding this issue and is intended to provide for an environment where all individuals feel safe, secure, and welcome.”
The rule for official female attire is similar to the one for men, which is supposed to include a sports jacket.
“Inclusion is essential to the integrity of college athletics and we support and encourage inclusion for everyone regardless of their gender identity or expression,” the NCAA wrote.
“While it is important that athletic departments be open to diverse participation, we recognize that all individuals deserve to feel welcome and supported at all times.
We are committed to ensuring that all athletes, coaches, and other individuals feel valued, respected, and accepted at all events.
We also recognize that these new rules do not affect the NCAA’s longstanding commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, diversity, and respect at every level of the sport.”