As a kid, I was fascinated by pop cultural images of women with superhuman strength. Recent revelations from the real-life world of women’s competitive bodybuilding have driven home how naive I was. Bodybuilding challenges so many notions about biology, gender, sexuality and the limits of the human body. Female bodybuilders describe widespread sexual exploitation. Results of nude photo shoots fed to soft-core pornography websites.
Women interviewed by The Post alleged that fitness managers would send them to judges’ hotel rooms. Some women who refused to comply ended up being blacklisted from the sport.