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Taking Up Space

Taking Up Space

Three years ago, after a life-long struggle with body image, an unsuccessful attempt at an online nutrition-coaching service, and a pointed realization about how I wanted to live my life as a strength athlete, I decided to get a tattoo on my quad. It was three simple words in Times New Roman font: TAKE UP SPACE.

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Stop Telling Me I Look Like A Man

Stop Telling Me I Look Like A Man

Too often women have been told to sit down, be quiet, get ‘thicker skin’ and to ignore their abuser. This tactic does nothing but isolate the victim and make her feel like she is the one who has done something wrong. Worse, reading these comments with no visible opposition gives the appearance that this is an acceptable way to speak to women.
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You Asked For It

You Asked For It

Posting a progress photo of your biceps does not give someone the right to say “too big! Looking like a man.” Posting a video of your deadlift does not give someone the right to say “that’s too much weight for a girl, those are men’s weights.” Posting a photo of your weight loss does not give someone the right to tell you “you looked better before.” Free speech is free, but not without consequence.
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