[link] Female Olympians fight back against shamers and haters

Female Olympians fight back.

The Olympics may have provided us with a global exhibition of some seriously retrograde ideas about athletes and femininity, but they have also provided us with something even more important, and that’s the sight of female athletes fighting back.

This entire article honestly makes me want to cheer and weep at the same time. It’s so in line with the things that I have been thinking – how we conflate “health” and “skinny” and “fit” and fat” and “thin” into this mess of overlapping nonsense, especially when you’re a woman who is interested in anything athletic. I love seeing this kind of reaction from the lady Olympians, even while at the same time it makes me want to weep that people still say these things in the first place to such fabulous women.


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