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Crossfit Women: Beating the Stigma

9/13/2014

“How do you know if someone does Crossfit? Don’t worry they’ll tell you.” Jokes like this surround the Crossfit world along with a lot of stigmas about the athletes. People say that crossfit is a cult and that the movements done in the workouts aren’t actually safe or good for you. These concerns have been addressed by many articles and debate continues to surround the sport.

One stigma that has not been combated though, is the stigma of Crossfit women. The women of Crossfit are often viewed as manly and butchy but I want to clear that up. I do Crossfit and do not look like a man nor do I act like a man.

I will be the first to admit that some of the women of crossfit have broader shoulders and are very lean and muscular but that absolutely does not make them manly. Christmas Abbott, a very successful crossfit athlete, is in amazing shape but is still petite and feminine.

Abbott is not only a well known crossfit athlete but she is also the first woman to work on a NASCAR pit crew. Whether you are a crossfitter or not, she is a woman we can all admire for pursuing her dreams no matter what social norms are.

Young crossfit athlete Lauren Fisher is yet another example of a petite and feminine athlete. She is an inspiration not only because of her success but because she is so young, not much is keeping Fisher from reaching the top.

5 Reasons We Can All Be Glad Bubba Watson Won the Masters

4/24/2014

Masters weekend is often a weekend that all of us girls lose our dads, boyfriends, and guy friends to the TV Thursday through Sunday. It’s a weekend that our twitter feeds are filled with updates of the standings. We see words that we have never heard of and what is this fuss over an ugly green jacket? And even for those of us who do tune into the Masters every year and can hold their own in a golf conversation, it still can seem like we are no where near as emotionally invested in the winner as the fellas in our lives. But I am here to tell you that everyone, golf lover or not, has a reason to love Bubba Watson and be stoked that he is wearing the green jacket. Here’s why:

1. He is a family man.

Bubba Watson and his wife were both college athletes at The University of Georgia and have been together since. They couldn’t have children so they adopted the cutest little boy two years ago (the last time he won the Masters). After this win in 2012, he took a couple months off from golf because he wanted to be with his family and most importantly, their new addition. After his final putt that made him a Masters winner, he immediately went to his family with tears in his eyes. He also mentioned in his post-win press conference that he wished that his mom were there.

2. He is extremely humble.

The Thigh Gap Has Spread Too Far

3/28/2014

Ladies, I think you all know exactly what I am talking about when I say those horrible two words “thigh gap,” that space that we are all supposed to have between our legs. I have recently learned of a new one called the “bikini bridge,” which is when a girl is laying on her back her hip bones should stick out so far that her bathing suit bottoms form a bridge over her waist. These new trends have got every girl standing in her full length mirror wishing her legs didn’t rub together when she walked and that her bathing suit didn’t actually touch her skin. Well I am here to tell you girls, THAT IS NORMAL.

Recently Target put out an advertisement for swimsuits in which they clearly edited the model’s body so drastically that they cut out her crotch trying to give her a bigger thigh gap.

No one’s body looks like that! And look at her arm, it’s almost nonexistent, and her hip has had a chunk taken out of it. First of all, this photo editor should be fired for the botched job he or she did on this picture, and second, someone needs to tell him or her that this model looked absolutely fine the way she was, without the edits.

What’s worse? There’s more like this:

Poor girl actually has a rectangle cut between her legs, and what is that pointy thing under her arm?

Olympic Figure Skating: Classic or Outdated?

2/19/2014

With all the buzz about the Olympic Games, you can’t avoid seeing all the updates on social media. But instead of just tuning in for the highlights, what could possibly draw the attention of more viewers for the live stream of events?

While surfing the Internet recently, I came across a video that combined two of the most buzzed about things right now. Beyonce and Olympic Figure skating. Some really innovative “fan girl” dubbed a video of Meryl Davis and Charlie White doing their doubles figure skating routine to Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love.”

Preparing for Bison Ball

4/24/2012

Every spring students come together for Howard University’s Student Association’s (HUSA) Bison Ball. At this event, the efforts of students and staff throughout the school year are commemorated and recognized. Obtaining shoes, hair, make up, and formal attire are all amongst the list of to-dos as students hastily prepare for this formal occasion.  Many students spend months in advance shopping and preparing for their attire, down to the color lipstick they plan to wear.