Rowdy Ronda


LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey is the world's most successful women's MMA fighter and has even been called a feminist icon. Cristen and Caroline discuss her judo-fueled rise to fighting fame and why she's attracted feminist adoration and scrutiny.

Episode Sources:

"Floyd Mayweather vs. Ronda Rousey: By the Numbers" http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2015/08/28/floyd-mayweather-vs-ronda-rousey-by-the-numbers/

"WMMA History" http://www.wmmaroundup.com/history.php

"Unified Women's Mixed Martial Arts Rankings" http://www.mmarising.com/rankings/unified-womens-mixed-martial-arts-rankings/

"Beyonce plays Ronda Rousey's 'do-nothing b----' speech at Made in America" http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/07/beyonce-ronda-rousey-do-nothing-bitch-speech

"Why Beyonce's Latest 'Feminist' Move Was So Problematic" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-beyonces-latest-feminist-move-was-so-problematic_55eee575e4b093be51bc05aa

"When Role Models Become Problematic: Ronda Rousey and Transmisogyny" http://www.themarysue.com/ronda-rousey-and-transmisogyny/

"UFC Women's Champ Refuses to Fight Trans Athlete Fallon Fox" http://www.advocate.com/sports/2014/09/22/ufc-womens-champ-refuses-fight-trans-athlete-fallon-fox

"Dana White Says Women in the UFC Was Best Decision He's Ever Made" http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dana-white-says-women-ufc-best-decision-ever-230243907--mma.html

"Ronda Rousey Made Women's MMA. Will She Be Its Downfall?" http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/07/21/ronda_rousey_and_women_s_mma_a_new_yorker_profile_questions_the_future_of.html

"Mean Girl" http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/07/28/mean-girl

"Women boxers to make Olympic history in city that once shunned them" http://www.theguardian.com/sport/from-the-archive-blog/2012/aug/05/first-women-boxing-london-olympics-2012

"Barbara Buttrick" http://www.womenboxing.com/biographies/barbara1.htm

Academic Insights:

"Center Ring: Katie Sandwina and the Construction of Celebrity." Jan Todd. Iron Game History. Vol. 10, No. 1. November 2007. http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/IGH/IGH1001/IGH1001c.pdf

"Tough Enough and Woman Enough: Stereotypes, Discrimination and Impression Management Among Women Professional Boxers." Christy Halbert. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Vol. 21, No. 1. February 1997. http://jss.sagepub.com/content/21/1/7.short

Note: In a reddit AMA, Rousey elaborated on her statements about Fallon Fox: ""I think that transgender athletes should be approved on a case-by-case basis and have a doctor judge whether there is a physical advantage or not. Because there is a big difference between gender reassignment pre- and post-puberty, at least based on the research I have done."

Topics in this Podcast: Beauty, pop culture, body image, sports, famous females