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Repeat after me: Athleticism is beauty. Athleticism is beauty. Athleticism is beauty. Athleticism is beauty…

Serena Williams occupies a special place in the Fit Feminist pantheon, and in fact in the Great Athletes of All Time pantheon. She has won and won and won and won. This week, at the Australian Open, she advanced to the semifinals, losing to Naomi Osaka. You’ll be hearing from us soon about Serena and the careers of world-class athletes as they age. In the meantime, please enjoy this post of mine from 2015, written during the height of Serena’s awesomeness (actually, she’s still in her height, with no signs of abatement).

From all of us who love Serena, to all of you who love Serena,

-catherine

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, just won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon.

Again.

For the sixth time, actually.

That’s like, five times. And then again. For a total of six times.

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Serena Williams is one of the great athletes of our time, and one of the greatest tennis players ever. But alongside the story of her win, what else does the New York Times– the paper of record—see fit to print? This story.

In this story ,“Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image with Ambition”, many of the world’s top women players interviewed said, in effect, that having the muscular world-class athletic bodies they have makes them feel “unfeminine”, as 14th-ranked Andrea Petkovic said.

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re so skinny, I always thought you were huge,’ ” she said. “And then I feel like there are 80 million people in Germany who…

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