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Jess Libow Response

fatema's picture

I never thought about the importance of physical education to the feminist movement before listening to Jess Libow's talk. It is fascinating that such a thing was just never promoted to women as much as it was during this 19th century movement, and the idea that physical education could be liberating for women feels so empowering. After listening to her talk, it honestly made me want to go work out, because I've never associated the female body with ideas like being able to train and control my own body with exercise. It was also really interesting to learn about the differences in the perception of white women's bodies vs indigenous women's bodies. It's awful that these racist ideas permeate through even something like physical education.