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Roughly 40 years ago, the U.S. education system took a major step towards equality: We're talking Title IX, the amendment specifying that any educational program receiving funds from the federal government cannot discriminate against, deny, or judge a U.S. citizen on the basis of their sex. Because of this, women have been allowed more representation in sports, the sciences, and technical schools. However, gender barriers still exist today and so does the association between testosterone and contact sports—but we didn’t need to tell you that. Read More
When U.K. agency Sport England found that many women are not participating in fitness activities due to fear of judgment and stigma about their bodies, they decided to do something about it: January 12th saw the launch of brilliant campaign #ThisGirlCan, which encourages  women of all shapes and body types to go out there and get their sweat on. Research by the Sport England showed that women between the ages of 14 and 40 are less active than their male counterparts—and not because “sports aren’t for girls. Read More
  A UK Footballer has come under fire in the last 24 hours after dressing up in blackface for an anti-racism campaign’s costume dinner party. Toni Duggan, a striker for Manchester City, decided to attend the party for the UK’s Kick It Out campaign as Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act.   The stunt was similar to Julianne Hough's brainfart this past Halloween when she dressed in blackface and an orange jumpsuit in what she called an homage to Orange Is The New Black’s Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Read More
Excited to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the next weeks, the Russian team released a new campaign consisting of photographs meant to entice viewers with only the "most photogenic" female athletes. The message? Our women are hot, so you should watch. As reported by Policy Mic’s Matt Essert, the Russian team released the images to challenge the idea that women athletes can’t be sexy and “feminine;” rather than kissing their guns, they display their dewey flesh and erect nipples. Read More
  The photographer Howard Schatz is renowned for his sculptural portraiture; with heavily contrasted and high resolution images, he is able to capture human bodies in a way that echoes architectural monuments. Through his lens, the human form glistens, morphs into powerful abstract shapes. His project With Child highlights the strength inherent in the pregnant form; he catalogues female bodies right before and right after birth without a trace of the triteness often applied to the subject matter. Read More
  Tatyana McFadden spent much of her childhood in a St. Petersburg orphanage where she did not receive adequate medical attention for her spina bifida, a condition which paralyzed her from the waist downwards. Without access to a wheelchair, she learned to walk on her hands, an experience which she now tells The New York Times taught her “as much about finding mental strength as physical strength [and] may have helped my arms and shoulders [and] it also taught me that I was always going to find a way to do something. Read More
  RVA magazine recently posted an interview with Richmond, VA native female wrestler Mickie James. In the interview, she talks extensively about her career in the WWE, country music, and the state of female wrestling today versus when she entered the industry. Her words shed light on a world that most people know little about. You see female wrestlers on TV occasionally, but they don’t usually profile them on Entertainment Tonight. I remember when I was a kid, and my older brother was obsessed with the WWE. He had an action figure of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Read More
A stereotypical view of NFL games conjures images of men in face paint pounding beers and eating copious amounts of junk food, leaving their wives/girlfriends/families at home. But those generalizations can be squashed as women continue to grow as an important part of the sport’s fan base. According to ESPN, 44 percent of NFL TV viewers are women, up from 34 percent in 2011. Read More
Australian Surfer Stephanie Gilmore in Roxy Promo The surf clothing brand Roxy recently released a promotional video starring female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Instead of the expected shots of wave-riding and mind-blowing athleticism, the ad features Gilmore rolling around in bed in a pair of navy undies, showering, and getting dressed. It even includes a shot that focuses only the athlete’s breasts.  Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cori Schumacher, a world champion surfer, took to change. Read More
 My XX chromosomes can be confusing, even vexing, sometimes. Between preparing anxiously for Aunt Flo to come into town and making sure the men in my life are kept fed, sheltered and nourished emotionally, I barely have time to keep up on news of the day, let alone devote time to understanding sports. There’s something about sweaty men chasing after a ball that makes my estrogen-addled brain shut down completely, reducing me to a potato-chip- and beer-serving meat puppet. Enough sarcasm; here’s a dumb thing that happened this week. Read More
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