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Is Serena Williams a bombshell or what?
I love Serena Williams. When I play tennis, I literally pretend I’m her and I placebo-effect myself into being better at tennis. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and my butt looks enormous, I channel her. Her big butt is the product of genetics and incredible effort and fitness and I smile at myself because my big butt is the product of genetics and (slightly less) exercise and fitness (and also cupcakes and pasta, but those are fabulous things too).
The Huffington Post headline with the bombshell pic was this:
Serena Williams’ Tight Dress Shows Off Her Feminine Figure
The dictionary definition of “feminine” is “pertaining to a woman or a girl,” but what do we mean when refer to a “feminine” figure? We usually mean voluptuous, right? Large breasts, hourglass shape, round hips. We think curves. We think Kim Kardashian, Venus de Milo, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Rabbit. We think va va voom, hubba hubba, and men yelling out SUV windows with raunchier iterations of “damn, girl!”
But which women are we willing to say have unfeminine figures? Flat-chested women? Narrow-hipped woman? Thin women? muscular woman? Trans women? Obese women? These all sound like women with figures that are “pertaining to a woman or a girl,” no?
Here’s another picture of Serena Williams with her sister Venus on the cover of the New York Times Magazine (side note: The profile is good too). Same woman, same figure, but I doubt that most people, including the HuffPo titler, would describe her figure as feminine in this picture. Powerful. Strong. Ripped. Awesome. Inspiring. Probably not “feminine.”
Some bodies are curvy, some are not. Some have breasts, some do not. Some will bear children, some will not. Some will win Grand Slams, most will not. But female bodies are all, by definition, feminine.
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