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The desire to be physically strong and to defy social and cultural definitions of “femininity” has been a fiery catalyst for women to push aside their insecurities and venture out into the traditional “men’s club” of the gym floor – the weight room. At times, a woman’s journey for strength and self-discovery may also be spotted with stories of stigma and backlash that can be specifically sourced from one’s own ethnic background.
Nicola Paviglianiti has a Masters of Science in Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin, a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, and BSc Honours Specialization in Health Sciences from Western University.The aim of her research was to examine participants’ experiences of lifting weights and the sport of powerlifting in high-density suburbs in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Interview With Janae Marie Croc: All Anyone is Asking For is Equality
"In this society, being white offers you privilege. Being straight offers you a lot of privilege. Being part of a religious majority offers you privilege. People treat you preferentially. I read a quote that there is a lot of truth to: “When you’re used to privilege, equality can feel like oppression.” You hear from the majority, “They’re trying to take our rights away!” When really, all anyone is asking for is equality."Read More
Leanna Carr on Mental Health, Identity, and Realizing Your Potential
"Perspective has helped me a lot. Just because something happens that throws you off the path that you’ve created for yourself, doesn’t mean you won’t arrive at the destination you want. There are often multiple roads. Take things as they are, and appreciate the things that you have in control. From there, find a way around. That can be applied to so many things in life, not just powerlifting."Read More
Kimberly Walford: Bracing Technique, Injuries, and Goals
"As you age, you become more comfortable and confident with who you are. You reach this point in your life where you’re like: 'I know who I am, and whoever you’re going to be in my life, you have to accept me for who I am. Just like how I accept you.' It’s such a freeing thing to say, 'I’m happy with who I am. If you’re gonna accept me, you’re gonna accept me for me.'”Read More