The specter of the debut of women’s boxing at the upcoming 2012 Olympics has led to a plethora of interest in the sport!
“Women who box love it for the same reason guys do, boxing requires intense physical and psychological discipline, the ability to overcome fear and anger.” – Morning Edition
This weekend NPR opened a series on women’s boxing which aired on Sunday’s Morning Edition. The piece is wonderfully affirming and I encourage everyone to listen to it and to read the accompanying article.
The first installment, entitled ‘I Am A Boxer’: Fighter In The Ring, Lady Outside It includes sensitive interviews with boxer Bertha Aracil and other fighters vying for an Olympic berth at the upcoming Olympic Trials in Spokane, Washington next month. The piece also gets to the heart of gender, an issue that continues to dog the place of women in the sport. The series is co-produced by Marianne McCune and photographer Sue Jaye Johnson.
Link: ‘I Am A Boxer’: Fighter In The Ring, Lady Outside It (First installment)
Link: Why Would A Woman Box (Article published on WNYC’s website)
Sue Jaye Johnson’s video and photo essay, Bout Time in The New York Times Magazine section was also published yesterday and is another “must read” piece.
Link: Bout Time
Oh, and in case you need any reminding, women have been boxing for a LONG, LONG time. The following is from Pierce Egan’s book Boxiana: Or Sketches of Ancient & Modern Pugilism, published originally published in 1830!