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Women athletes also compete against lurking disrespect

Arm your sporting daughters with grit. Prepare your athletic nieces. Equip your playful granddaughters. Get them ready to play but also to fight. Through the centuries, women athletes have been jeered, banned from stadiums, objectified, told they're not tough enough and in 2019 some of it is still going on.

So fight is the only option. Fight against sexism and double standards. Fight against trolls and the vile. Fight against those who say girls shouldn't wrestle. Fight against those who can't find beauty in this photograph.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2019, with the headline 'Women athletes also compete against lurking disrespect'. Print Edition | Subscribe