Friday Links

Seven Muslim women from around the world are bicycling across Iowa as a way of "promoting female sports participation as a fundamental right". The 470-mile ride, featuring 8,500 cyclists, began July 19 and finished July 25. In the last year and a half, as turmoil in Ukraine has dominated the news media’s attention, a group of young Moscovite Muslims saw a new window of opportunity to change perceptions by making Muslims the "trendsetters in fashion." Adila Matra writes a … [Read more...]

Power Laced with Femininity: Stereotypes and Female Bodybuilders

Becca Swanson, bodybuilder, power-lifter, and pro-wrestler (who has been called "The Strongest Woman on the Planet") writes on her site that she has "a burning desire to show the world my powerful physique laced with beauty and femininity." This self-consciously anti-oxymoronic statement reflects the fact that female bodybuilders have often been subject to the most extreme form of antipathy against athletic women, as a result of the stereotype which labels physically powerful women as … [Read more...]