Heidi Stevens: A full bodysuit can’t combat sexualization in gymnastics. Only adults who sexualize athletes can do that.
Gymnast Sarah Voss just made international headlines — not for her performance, but for what she was wearing. Voss, from Germany, competed at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships last week in a bodysuit that covered her arms and legs, rather than a traditional leotard. Two of her teammates, Kim Bui and Elisabeth Seitz, competed in similar full-body uniforms Friday. “We hope gymnasts uncomfortable in the usual outfits will feel emboldened to follow our example,” Voss told a German public broadcast station. “We women all want to feel good in our skin,” Voss said. “In the sport of gymna...
A water costs what?! Budget Switzerland trips are hard, but possible
With its stunning mountain landscapes and safe, clean cities, Switzerland is a wonderful place for a holiday. Unfortunately it also has a justified reputation for being more than a bit pricey. But if you plan your holiday correctly, you can save a lot of money. Choose the right region: A four-star hotel in the city of Zurich or a train ride up to the Jungfraujoch are going to set you back some serious money. Rural regions such as Graubuenden and Valais (with the exception of fashionable places like St. Moritz) are cheaper than the cities. Sparsely populated regions in western Switzerland are a...
Swiss bury 2,000 pairs of underpants in service of science
Farmers and garden owners are burying 2,000 pairs of white underwear across Switzerland in a study of soil quality. The state research institute Agroscope is sending two pairs of cotton underpants each to voluntary study participants to bury in soil. The underpants will later be examined to see how much the textiles have been broken down by tiny organisms. "This is an indicator of soil quality," project leader Marcel van der Heijden said on Thursday. The ecologist told dpa there had already been similar experiments with underpants in Canada, but not on this scale. It is already known that the ...
Oprah's oversized royal interview glasses spark Swiss specs frenzy
Zurich (AFP) - Swiss spectacles manufacturer Gotti said Thursday they had been inundated with demand for the oversized glasses worn by Oprah Winfrey for her TV interview with Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. The small Zurich-based brand, which makes high-end frames, told AFP they were "a little surprised" by the surge in interest following the US talk show queen's bombshell sit-down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Watched by at least 50 million people in the United States, Britain and around the world, the interview saw the couple, who have quit for a new life in Meghan's nativ...
Swiss text sleuths unpick mystery of QAnon origins
Geneva (AFP) - The mysterious "Q" behind the QAnon conspiracy movement, which was instrumental in the storming of the US Capitol, is in fact two people, according to Swiss experts. Swiss startup OrphAnalytics said it had used its algorithm-based machine-learning text analysis software, developed to detect plagiarism, to help crack the mystery behind QAnon. "There are clearly two styles characterising the QAnon messages," company chief Claude Alain Roten told AFP in an interview at his home in western Switzerland. The conspiracy movement is based on messages by "Q Clearance Patriot", who claims...