Put aside for a moment how this is many kinds of wrongand we'll get to that in a second, because the ways in which its being described as wrong are actually kind of interestingand just consider the optics of gender discrimination during the Olympics. It's an event where the purity of sport and competition is supposed to subsume everything else. Instead the people in charge of national teams banished women to the the backs of airplanes. For once we can't even mock the predictably outraged press releases from predictably outraged groups. The Australians and Japanese deserve a few days of bad press for this, and they're getting them.
Below the headline, there's a kind of interesting cross-cultural 'hmmm' factor to be had in how the complaints are being packaged by the women in various delegations. The Japanese athletes gave quotes like "it should have been the other way around...even just in terms of age we are senior." For their part the Australian women pointed out that their team was more successful than those of their male counterparts. It's cliched to point out, but different cultures describe privilege in different ways. And the sports committees for Australia and Japan managed to run afoul of all of those ways. Tools.
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