Thursday January 18, 2018

What it takes to be a Wonder Woman of Bodybuilding and Weightlifting

Equality of men and women in different fields has been questioned, but bodybuilding women barely make it to the mainstream discussions and debates

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  • Many of the competitive bodybuilders and weightlifters in the US are women
  • At a competition called OCB Presidential Cup, three-quarters of the total participants were women
  • This breaks stereotypical views revolving around weight lifting that make it a man’s business

Washington, August 20, 2017: The Washington state is hosting the OCB Presidential Cup, a competition for bodybuilding and weightlifting. But unlike most competitions, this one has three-quarters of the total competitors as women.

Out of 45 total competitors to showcase their impressive and aesthetic bodies, 30 were women while 15 were men.

Also Read: 21-Year-Old Bhumika Sharma Wins Miss World Body building Title in Venice, Breaks Gender Stereotypes

We come across many stereotypes where women are supposed to be the softer and fragile gender while men pump weights. However, this scenario is rapidly changing, especially in the United States.

More and more women are stepping into the gym with the hopes of having a body of their dreams without raising societal questions.

These women in Washington’s OCB Presidential Cup explain that it is their passion at the end of the day and it is really all that matters. However, they do hope to inspire others with this distinct challenge that they have taken.

Equality of men and women in different fields has been questioned, but bodybuilding women barely make it to the mainstream discussions and debates.

A weightlifting and bodybuilding competition requires a whole lot of commitment, dedication as well as preparation. Months of training goes into it. And this training includes an astonishingly exhaustive workout coupled with the austere diet regime and nutrient intake.

Moreover, living such a lifestyle helps men and women alike to improve their well-being and reduce chances of illness and health problems.

The competition is drug-free and the competitors go through a polygraph test before they are accepted to participate.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394


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Top Hollywood women unveiled a sexual harassment initiative

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Top Hollywood women unveiled a sexual harassment initiative
A combination photo shows some of the actresses who have made allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Listed in alphabetical order, top row from left, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Jessica Barth, Cara Delevingne, Romola Garai, Judith Godreche, Heather Graham, Angelina Jolie. VOA

USA, Jan 1, 2018: More than 300 top women in Hollywood — from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Thompson and Cate Blanchett — unveiled an initiative Monday to tackle pervasive sexual harassment in workplaces, calling special attention to their “sisters” in less than glamorous blue-collar jobs.

The initiative, dubbed Time’s Up, caps a year in which the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal touched off a deluge of allegations that brought down powerful men in entertainment, politics and the media, prompting companies, government agencies and even the U.S. federal court system to re-examine harassment policies.

But in an open letter printed in The New York Times, the new initiative lends the star power of its A-list members to the cause of women in less prominent fields, urging support and respect for farm workers and others whose humble positions leave them vulnerable and voiceless.

“We fervently urge the media covering the disclosures by people in Hollywood to spend equal time on the myriad experiences of individuals working in less glamorized and valorized trades,” the group says in its full-page ad.

“To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile … we stand with you. We support you.”

$15 million goal

Last month, the head of Ford Motor Company apologized to employees at two factories in Chicago and promised changes, after a scathing expose by the Timesdetailed pervasive harassment and mistreatment of women at the plants dating back to the 1990s. It was one of the first major media investigations into sexual harassment in blue-collar workplaces.

Among the specific steps it announced, Time’s Up has established a legal defense fund that, in just 12 days, has raised $13.4 million toward a $15 million goal aimed at providing legal aid for women and men who were sexually harassed, assaulted or abused in the workplace.

It has vowed to push for legislation to strengthen laws on workplace harassment and discrimination.

The group insists that more women must be brought into positions of power and leadership, while every woman should have equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation.

As for Hollywood, it wants “swift and effective change to make the entertainment industry a safe and equitable place for everyone.”

And it called on women to wear black at Sunday’s Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality, and to raise awareness about the group’s efforts.

‘Dear Sisters’ 

The open letter in the Times, which also appears in the Spanish-language La Opinion, opens with the words “Dear Sisters” in large, bold type, and closes with the words “in solidarity,” followed by the names of the 300 women.

Several of Weinstein’s accusers signed the open letter. They include Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale, as well as Salma Hayek, whose lengthy account of mistreatment by Weinstein — “my monster,” she called him — was widely circulated on social media after appearing last month in The New York Times.

Weinstein has denied some of the allegations, including Hayek’s assertion that he pressured her to do a nude sex scene in one movie.

Other prominent women lending their names to the Time’s Up cause are actresses Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Amy Schumer, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Susan Sarandon, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis; producer Shonda Rhimes; Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley; feminist activist Gloria Steinem; lawyer and ex-Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and Nike Foundation co-chair Maria Eitel. (VOA)