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The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue depicting an anthropomorphic lioness. The statue was found near Baghdad, Iraq. The Lioness Demon, an Elamite figure believed to have been created circa 3000–2800 BCE.

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vintage everyday: Fantastic Vintage Photos of Beautiful Muscular Women in the early 1900s

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

We should bring this back! "From the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, women had to appear as ladylike as possible, even when doing something as traditionally masculine as working out with weights. This girl is doing a seated press with respectably heavy weight, but her high heels and helmet0like hairdo are like fig leaves preserving her femininity."

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

[The strongest and most famous strongwoman of the Golden Age of the early twentieth century was Sandwina. Her birth name was Katie Brumbach. She stood over six feet tall and had enough bulk and muscle to amaze audiences with her prowess. Sandwina came from an athletic family, and in this poster c. 1900 she lifts three people (probably siblings) on a bicycle.]

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women | Brain Pickings.

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This Shoot With Muscular Women Shows Them Crushing Stereotypes Bare-Handed

Elle India’s beauty issue this May features muscular women who have sculpted their bodies and thrown every feminine stereotype out the window. | Badass Photos Of Muscular Women Crushing Feminine Stereotypes With Their Bare Hands

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women

A way to diffuse male worries about women being too strong and threatening was to portray them in photos that emphasized their grace and beauty rather than their mass and musculature. Trapeze artists like this one had highly developed arms and upper bodies; it is significant that the photographer chose not to emphasize those parts of the subject's anatomy. Although her name and date are unknown, this gymnast is almost certainly a circus or music hall performer from the 1890s.

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Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women by David L. Chapman #realbeauty

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Muscular woman in black sports shorts and top

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Clothing for Muscular Women | Broke Single Mom Fitness

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