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Is tennis trying to win a chauvinism/misogyny award?

First, the French Open decides one of Serena’s outfits back in June is cause to tighten up their dress code rules. I wrote about that only a few days ago in Let Women Wear What They Want. Yesterday, the U.S. Open penalized Alize Cornet for oh-so-briefly taking off her shirt during a match. Have women’s bodies become so hyper-sexualized that we (okay, really men) can’t even see a woman’s sports bra without coming apart at the seams? Watch the video. Alize’s shirt is off for less than thirty seconds. On a break, she had changed out of a sweat-soaked dress. She accidentally put her fresh shirt on backwards. I’m in New York City. I can attest to just how blistering…

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Let Women Wear What They Want

The powers-that-be in charge of the French Open, aka French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli, deemed the catsuit Serena Williams wore back in June as a fashion choice “gone too far”; one he considered did not “respect the game and place.” Oh please, seriously?! After I picked myself up on the floor from the outrage of the headline alone, I read the whole story. Apparently Serena wore the outfit because she wanted compression for her legs, because she’s been having problems with blood clots since she gave birth to her child. Also, because she felt like a superhero in the catsuit, along the lines of a Wakanda warrior (a reference to the movie Black Panther, which, if you haven’t seen…

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Compare and Despair: Help, I’m so cliché, why do I keep doing it?

Do you have a particular someone in your life with whom you compete or whom you envy? For me, it’s my partner. Not surprising. We are most likely to compare ourselves to those closest to us. Love and envy are flip sides of the same coin. In my case, the bar is high. My partner is super smart, engaging and well-liked, successful in his work and (this is the part I’m going to get into in a moment) he’s physically gifted. That’s why I love him. That’s why he is a source of more frustration than I ought to admit. I train harder and faster than he does and when we get to the starting line of an event, some…

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Riding over rocks and an appeal

Hello, Fit Is A Feminist Issue readers, this is my first time writing to you. So I’m excited about that! I want to share something I learned from a rock and then I’m asking you for some help. I love to mountain bike. I didn’t always. It took me a long time (like 20 years) to get past the fear that stood between me and making progress in my technical skill. Then about nine years ago I committed to getting better. I have the good fortune to ride on trails in the Sierra Mountains, in California, for 6 weeks every summer. The trails here are a School of Rock. I struggle to learn how to maneuver around particular rocks or…

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Let Serena, Alizé and All Women Wear What They Want: The Mountain Giving Birth

The tennis authorities are running amok. Getting all up in women’s business about their clothing. Seriously? —a full-coverage compression catsuit and a glimpse of a woman’s utilitarian sports bra have sent them scurrying to their rulebooks.  A mountain about to give birth raised such a hue and cry that everyone who came running at the screams thought she was going to give birth to nothing less than a city bigger than Paris.  She gave birth to a mouse.  When I think of this fable, of course the story lies, but the meaning is true, I imagine those authors who say: I’ll sing of the wars waged by the Titans against the god of thunder. That’s promising a lot. But what…

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Facebook Wants to Be A Mouse, A Bird and Catnip: The Bat and The Two Weasels

When questioned by legislators with the power to regulate (and possibly punish) its behavior, Facebook pleads it is a tech company. When Facebook is assessing what content to allow, it considers the newsworthiness, which sounds suspiciously like something a publishing enterprise would do. So which is it?  A bat found herself hanging head down in a nest of weasels. The moment she arrived, the mother weasel, who had long despised mice, came running to devour the bat.  What?! You dare, the weasel said, to appear before my eyes. After your race has tried to destroy me. Are you a mouse? Speak truly. Of course you are, or I’m not a weasel.  I beg your pardon, the poor bat said, that’s…

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Let’s Lift Our Political Conversation Out of the Gutter: The Education

Every day our intelligence is insulted by political indecencies. The president, his entourage and followers don’t just tweet, they send out barrages of insults and half-digested effluvia. The temptation to respond in-kind is almost irresistible. Fortunately, Jean de La Fontaine saw our future from the 17th century and offers this counsel—resist the urge to degrade the conversation! BaconScraps and Caesar, brothers whose heritage could be traced back to renowned dogs, were handsome, well made and bold spirited. In time, they passed down to separate masters. One haunted the forests and the other the kitchen. The two brothers started life with other names. But raised on different diets; one was fortified with a happy nature, while the other degraded. It was…

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What Kind of Cheese Did Putin Sweet Talk Out of Trump? –The Crow and The Fox

There has been no shortage of punditry around the significance of Trump and Putin’s meeting. One NPR commentator said, “Isn’t there a fable about this, something along the lines of the hens letting the fox in the coop?” Well, actually, there is a fable that’s apropos, but the story is about a crow and a fox. The hens are not so vain or silly! Mister Crow was perched on a tree branch, a cheese in his beak. Mister Fox, drawn by the delicious aroma, engaged the crow in conversation with words more or less like these: Well, hello! Good morning My Good Sir Crow. I can’t get over how good looking you are. You are as handsome as they come.…

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We Give Corporations Permission to Squeeze the Life Out of Us: The Villager and The Snake

Barely ten years after the last financial crisis, when the elite banks were deemed too big to fail, the Dodd-Frank regulations to curb avarice and self-dealing are being rolled back. It’s just too difficult for banks to comply with safe and ethical business practices. Isn’t the whole point of banks safety and ethics? Aesop tells of a farmer who was as charitable as he was unwise. Walking his land one winter day, he came upon a snake stretched out on the snow, petrified, frozen, paralyzed and immobilized. With no more than a quarter hour to live, the villager picked up the snake and brought him to his home. There, without considering the rent he would pay for his good deed,…

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Tit for Tat Will Not Save the Supreme Court: The Fox and The Stork

The Supreme Court is in the process of changing hands. The prospect is terrifying to many of us. Is this The Handmaid’s Tale stepping out of our television screens and onto our streets? Yet, Democrats’ vows to block the nomination using the same tactics as Republicans with Merrick Garland is not the answer and will only cheapen the political system. Fellow fox one day spent a considerable effort and invited his fellow stork for dinner. The spread was small and had few trimmings. The gallant, for all his work, had nothing but a clear soup. He lived frugally. This soup was served on a plate. The stork, with her long beak, could not manage the least drop. And the foxy…

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