08/16/2013 12:15 pm ET

Strong Is Not 'The New Skinny' Because Women Don't Need a 'New Skinny'


Today's New York Post profiles a 24-year-old ex-dancer who traded intense cardio workouts and self-deprivation for intense resistance workouts and weight lifting, gaining 20 lbs of pure muscle meat in the process. She's never felt better, she says. She's happy with her body and she feels totally awesome. STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY, declares the headline. Hooray! Finally, women can control and dominate the space they occupy rather than disappearing into bony oblivion! Right? Right?!?

Not quite.

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