This article on exercising to get strong and feel good instead of adhering to the intense cultural imperative to work out solely for weight loss is great. And, as Jenny Talia recently pointed out, female-bodied people publicly expressing pride in their strength and athleticism is still a fairly radical action. So I decided to put together a post of pictures of me being strong:
You guys, I think I found a legitimate way in which men are systematically oppressed on our culture. I know, crazy, right? The answer is this: businesswear in general, and skirts specifically.
Skirts are awesome, particularly for DC summers. You can get away with showing your knees, they come in all sorts of light fabrics, and you get a cool breeze up your legs. I wear bike shorts under skirts constantly, both to avoid heat rash and because with my West Coast upbringing I am uncomfortable unless I am dressed to go on a hike at any time. So I guess that makes this an ode to the skort? Anyway, the bike shorts mean that I can stay cool in a skirt without having to worry about flashing people. I think a lot of what people don’t like about skirts is that they leave you vulnerable to giving people an unwanted upskirt view, unless you behave in a ladylike way and cross your legs. Skorts, people, I’m telling you.