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  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
  Have you ever spent thirty-five years tirelessly trying to do something extraordinary? Swimmer and motivational speaker Diana Nyad has. For over three decades, she has braved treacherous waters, swollen lips, and painful jellyfish stings with one goal in mind: to swim from Cuba to Florida. And yesterday, on her fifth and final try, SHE DID IT.   Nyad is now the first person ever to complete this journey without a shark cage. This is, of course, a super dangerous choice, but she had the help of a team of scientists who sent out electrical currents to keep the sharks at bay. 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
While you might see a night at the bar as a chance to catch up with friends after work, sample a new craft beer, or to meet potential bedroom partners, the ladies who founded the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW) used a rowdy night out as the basis for what has become a national phenomenon. After a series of friendly-but-intense bar room arm wrestling matches, friends and co-founders Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and Jodie Plaisance decided to start working out together so that Jodie (who was zero for two) could “avenge herself. Read More