Feminism | Posted by Mackenzie H on 05/13/2015
The Problem With ‘Strong Is The New Skinny’
Let’s stop idealizing bodies altogether
The “ideal figure” of a woman has changed a lot over the years. But beauty has undeniably always been determined in relation to patriarchal standards.
During the Italian Renaissance, fuller figures were determined to be a direct reflection of one’s husband’s social and economic status and therefore plump bodies were considered ideal. By the Victorian Era, the hourglass figure — made possible by corsets — was popular. In the 1920s, when women won the right to vote, a sort of curve-less, boyish figure was fashionable. Marilyn Monroe arguably popularized a curvy figure with a slim waist but then the 1960s saw the origins of the skinny, tall, supermodel look that has since dominated the image of the “ideal figure” of a woman in Western culture …
Feminism | Posted by Abby H on 04/6/2015
I Am Proud to Throw Like a Girl
female athletes deserve recognition
Female professional athletes in this nation do not get the recognition they deserve. As a female athlete who competes at the collegiate level, I know first hand that women’s sports just do not get the same amount of attention that men’s sports do in this country.
Female athletes certainly put the same amount of time and effort into our training, but we don’t reap the same benefits because of the legacy of a vicious cycle that positions women’s sports as inferior to men’s. As an athlete, it’s hard enough to commit myself to a team day in and day out, but it is even tougher when there are minimal fans to cheer the team on. For example, my college’s women’s lacrosse games get less than half …
Feminism | Posted by Sophia C on 11/7/2014
Where Are the Women in Skate Parks?
A woman in skateboarding isn’t something you hear about often. It’s a male-dominated sport and this fact has ingrained a certain mindset in skating culture. Despite this, I have always been interested in skateboarding. My older cousins always skated and in high school I drifted towards “skater” kids because I always found them to be surprisingly smart and very accepting. However, a recent trip to my local skate park changed my view on the sport and some of the people who participate in it.
My friends invited me to come to the skate park after school and I was wary because every time I’ve been there, it’s been a little boring — I broke my old board and am terrible at bowl skating anyways. My friend Matt told me he …
Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 01/8/2014
Women’s Football: Feminist or Sexist?
Football seems to be the sport that excludes women the most. In this day in age we have women’s leagues for softball, baseball, and the WNBA, but football always had men in the spotlight being cheered on by cheerleaders on the sidelines. However, this is no longer the case. The Legends Football League, founded in 2009, is a women’s tackle American football league. These women are passionate about football, and they have a place to play: games are played in the spring and summer in professional men’s arenas and stadiums including those of the NFL.
In many ways the LFL seems like a feminist victory: giving women an opportunity to play football at a high level appears to be a step towards equality. Most teams are coached by former …
Feminism | Posted by Emily Rose on 03/27/2013
Why My High School Needs Roller Derby
Roller derby is empowering: see Whip It for reference
I go to a public high school, and have recently expressed interest to the administration in starting a school roller derby team. However, I was first met with resistance and then refusal by the authorities. The general assessment was the sport was too dangerous for the public school to allow. However, when one takes a look around, they will see that football is a high priority. How different are these two sports, really? Both are contact sports, and despite its portrayal in the media, roller derby does have rules prohibiting certain potentially dangerous moves. The biggest difference to those who have been asked is that one is played primarily by males, who are considered “tough” enough to play a contact sport, …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 02/25/2013
Top Five Fictional Female Athletes
Anybody who has ever met me can agree on one important point: I am a pop culture addict, with a list of favorite TV shows and movies a mile long. Some of my all-time heroes are fictional ones and it’s undeniable that even fictional depictions of women deeply impact the way girls and women view themselves and model their lives. Unfortunately, these representations are often based on stereotypical gender roles — including a serious lack of representation of female athletes. This may not seem like the most pressing issue, but studies have shown that girls who participate in sports have greater self esteem and participating in sports imparts valuable lessons. Modeling the benefits of sports in the media has the potential to impact countless girls, which is why I want …
Feminism | Posted by Jenny S on 08/10/2012
Olympics Sexism Overload
Female olympians may be killing it...but is that enough?
Like many of you, I have spent the past week or so essentially glued to my television, watching the Olympics. I love sports—playing and watching—and I love this celebration of human spirit and achievement that comes every 4 years. So I don’t know why it took me so long to see the gender imbalances in sport.
Many other people have focused on the athletes themselves, whether it be the requirement for beach volleyball players to compete in bikinis, or the fact that Saudi Arabia finally sent its first female athletes to the Games (awesome!). What I’m talking about is the announcing, officiating and coaching.
Men have no problem commenting on women’s sports, be it soccer or swimming or gymnastics. In fact, …