The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars.
At the 2012 Olympic Games, boxing allowed female competitors for the first time. Katie Taylor of Ireland took a gold medal. She was inspired by pioneering Irish boxer and World Champion Deirdre Gogarty. This is the story of how a teenage Gogarty began her fierce ascent when it was still illegal for women to enter the ring.
It’s hardly even a matter of debate anymore that the demands of American motherhood have spiraled out of control. Yet there appears to be little sense that the excesses of our parenting culture are anything more than a personal problem We continue to be resistant to thinking more broadly about the subject: about the ways our society have created the high-pressure, high-stakes world of family life.