I just said that for effect. Consider it a salute, my way of showing solidarity with Jenny Thompson and Brandi Chastain and other female athletes who have bared themselves lately, to the utter panic of certain sports prudes and creaking, old-school feminists. First, there was Chastain nude behind a soccer ball for Gear magazine, and now everywhere we look female athletes are romping through the pages of magazines unclothed. The same old-girl gang wants to slap the moral manacles on Thompson for the same old reasons. This outcry comes though the photograph is utterly harmless. There is not a single, actual, verifiable nipple in sight. Which begs the question of what, exactly, is going on here? But the self-appointed moralists and feminist guardians completely miss the point and misread the photograph. She is showing off her muscles. And a wonderful piece of cultural jujitsu.
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O ne day in June , Dutee Chand was cooling down after a set of meter sprints when she received a call from the director of the Athletics Federation of India, asking her to meet him in Delhi. Earlier that month, Chand won gold in both the meter sprint and the 4-bymeter relay at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Taipei, Taiwan, so her hopes for Scotland were high. Chand was raised in Gopalpur, a rural village in eastern India with only intermittent electricity. The family home was a small mud hut, with no running water or toilet. They had not imagined a different life for their seven children, but Chand had other ideas. Now, as she took the five-hour bus ride to Delhi from a training center in Punjab, she thought about her impending move to Bangalore for a new training program.
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Historically speaking, black women have been perhaps the most marginalized players in professional baseball. This year, Monique W. As the single woman of color in a predominantly white sport , Baker is made to feel alone and different by newscasters, fans, even teammates and coaches. The result is an imperfect, but crucial look at intersectional consciousness on TV.
It is truly amazing what hard work and discipline can do to the body, so let us all take a moment to marvel at these very fine specimens. The muscles these athletes develop blow my mind! What a beautiful group of portraits in the nude, for the most part. The photography on Khatuna was my favorite, visually…. Makes clear that even healthy people have different physiques, which helps deflate a lot of the body image BS out there. THIS is beauty.