Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Girls are Rumblin'

The International Herald Tribune reports today about young women in Thailand, mostly from poor farming regions, entering the ring for some rumblin' and power punchin'. It makes me happy to read that these young women are finding empowerment in their bravery of engaging in this sport in a country where 'feminine' ideals are highly valued and women are expected to be discreet, polite, and delicate. And the best part is that despite these values and cultural expectations, the sport is gaining in popularity. Boxing is one of the things I want to try this winter, as I love watching it at the pub but have yet to have the guts to take a punch! These girls have inspired me!

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