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ARE FIT BODIES IN WOMEN MORE FEMININE The purpose of this essay is to discover whether fit bodies in women are more feminine In order to properly address this question it is imperative to define what fit and feminine represent in this context If the definitions of fit and feminine are similar then it is quite possible that a fit body is more feminine In Helen Lenskyjs Women Sport and Sexuality she uses words such as slim trim and fashionable to describe what it is to be feminine My definition of feminine is a little more all-encompassing it includes a fashionable appearance hair clothes accessories flirtatious sexy ectomorph body type slender build elegant strides clean and clear speech with a soft voice The definition of fit is divided into the internal and external body The internal body is the heart liver lungs and so forth the external body is the muscles bones and skin tissue A fit internal body is defined by blood pressure resting metabolic rate and well working organs according to an ideal model based on height and weight A fit external body can be defined as a mesomorph body type which includes hard and tight skin tissue well-developed muscles and strong bones All of these features lead to a more shapely body and an upright posture Keeping in mind the definitions of fit and feminine I will now explore Lenskyjs commercialized fit and my distinction between being fit and looking fit Helen Lenskyjs article Women Sport and Sexuality explores the commercialization of the fit body She traces the image of the physically fit woman as it transforms from the 1960s to the 1990s The 1960s ideal of the sedentary and decorative woman was replaced in the 1980s by an active and physically fit woman However Lenskyj notes that although the image has changed there have been other factors which have worked to reinforce the 1960s stereotype of the fragile and petite
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