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When winners of the Flanders Diamond Tour—the final race of the women's Lotto Cycling Cup—arrived at the podium this past Sunday, they were greeted with... women wearing bikinis!? Cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries tweeted a picture of the podium, calling it an “utter disgrace." And it is a disgrace: The podium was meant to honor the women who had won this race. Celebrating their achievements with women in bikinis makes no sense at all. 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
As usual, a woman can’t just be celebrated for her achievements, but needs to be scrutinized by the media and the public for her appearance. Today’s example comes from the always-hypocritical world of sports. Women athletes are often over-sexualized and praised for their attractiveness, while male athletes are mostly in the spotlight for their achievements relevant to what they do. It seems that no matter the accomplishment, women can not escape criticism for their appearance, something that Marion Bartoli, the most recent female winner of Wimbledon is experiencing. Read More
  It started with Saudi Twitter user Sultan Al Hilali, who posted a hash tag that translates as “Prostitutes of the Olympics.” Some tweeted in support of the vile phrase, but supporters of Saudi Arabia’s first two female Olympians flocked to the rescue, drowning out their ignorant and misogynistic words of hatred. It’s no secret that it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Wojdan Shaherkani (Judo) and Sarah Attar (athletics), female athletes from a country where they jail women for getting behind the wheel of a car. Read More
Olympians aren't just great at setting athletic records. This year, they'll all take home the gold. The gold magnum, that is.  At the London 2012 Olympics, a record number of condoms will be distributed to the men and women of the Olympic village. That's fifteen condoms per person, courtesy of Durex. I actually feel like the Olympians might have more sex than that. They are, after all, the world's physical best, so they have to be doing something right in the bedroom. At five cents a condom, that would be a grand total of $7,500. Read More