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The Problem With Women's Bodybuilding
Women's bodybuilding as a sport measured from the standpoint of Internet traffic generated is probably the most popular of all. But the sport is beset by problems stemming from a lack of professionally-ran events to the need for a sanctioning body specifically for Women's Bodybuilding.
SBS sheds some light on this problem in Elsie Huxtable's "History of Female Bodybuilding," which can be seen with a click on this sentence. But, at the center of this controversy is the International Federation Of Bodybuilding and the attack some of its male members have launched on Women bodybuilders.
This letter, written by IFBB Pro Female bodybuilder Nancy Lewis , presents the problems and her complaint.
October 18, 2005
IFBB Pro Division
CC: AMI/ Flex Magazine ; CC: Peter McGough Editor in Chief ; CC: David Pecker Chairmen, President & CEO
Dear Mr. Jim Manion:
I have just received my issue of the Flex October 2005 edition. To my surprise and dismay I read the most insulting and degrading article; ³Chick on Chicks² by no other than the Men's Representative Bob Cicherillo.
In my 14 years as an IFBB Pro I have never read nor heard any IFBB Pro Female bash her male counter part. What is more disappointing the article states these comments are from the ³athlete's rep.² Can you imagine someone, perhaps a fan reading what the ³athlete's rep² thinks about his female counterparts/competitors??
This is unacceptable! Because of this, I am putting forth my formal complaint to the IFBB Pro Division, AMI (American Media Inc.), Flex Magazine Editor in Chief Peter McGough and Flex Magazine President David Pecker, regarding the slanderous, abusive remarks made by the IFBB Pro Men's Division Representative, Bob Cicherillo. My complaint stands on the grounds of the following: Please see IFBB Professional Rules 2005 Edition #14.6.
I hope you all take the time to understand where I am coming from as well as many other Pro Female Bodybuilders and review the seriousness of this letter and Bob Cicherillo's actions/comments. Professional female bodybuilding is already at a decline with having suffered many blows from lack in prize money, coverage, and very few shows leaving the most prestigious show (MS. O) to be demoted to a Expo hall event.
With that being said, I understand that you and/or our male bodybuilding counterparts may not like how female bodybuilders look or what we do. This is a right of anyone to hold there individual opinion. But it does not give anyone the right to speak about a group of Female Professional Athletes, some whom have competed in the IFBB there entire adult lives, as a whole and slander there names, physiques, or there looks of being to manly. All we ask for is the same respect and support you give our male counterparts and DO NOT ALLOW such abusive statements to be published in a National sold magazine.
As a result I am requesting Bob Cicherillo's termination of his current Men's Athletes Representative position and the most stringent disciplinary action to be taken immediately.
Female IFBB Pro
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