Profile: Sarah Hentges
Sarah Hentges is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and teaches a variety of classes in American studies, English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies including introductory classes in these areas as well as upper-level classes in cultural criticism and theory; intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; girls and girlhood; Hip Hop; fitness; YA dystopia and more. Sarah regularly presents her work at national and regional conferences and has published a range of work in academic journals and the popular press, including her two books: Women and Fitness in American Culture (2013) and Pictures of Girlhood: Modern Female Adolescence on Film (2006) as well as her website www.cultureandmovement.com. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary, critical/creative approaches to teaching and scholarship. In addition to her academic work, Sarah is also a fitness instructor and has taught fitness in a variety of locations and incarnations. Through her work, she encourages people to move…and be moved.
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Everyone, it seems, has been talking about “dad bod” – what defines it, who possesses it and whether or not women actually love it. It all began with an innocuous article on a college news website, penned by a Clemson University student named Mackenzie Pearson. “The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out,” she wrote. “While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive.”
It’s a known fact that exercise is addictive. But CrossFitters – those who take part in CrossFit’s brutal workouts and stringent diet – are infamous for their fanatical devotion to their fitness philosophy. They can be found doing pull-ups and heavily weighted squats, flipping tires or hitting them with a sledgehammer, climbing ropes, tossing medicine balls, and “going Paleo.” The CrossFit movement has been labeled a cult – even a religion – and the movement’s popularity has skyrocketed; by 2014 there were 7,000 CrossFit-affiliated gyms (or “boxes,” as CrossFitters call them), up from just 13 in 2005. But, really, the zealousness of CrossFitters is not new.