ARE LOCAL WOMEN-ONLY GYMS THE PROGRESSIVE BASTION IT AIMS TO BE?

It’s the year 1966. You browse through the Boca Raton daily newspaper, a local news publisher in Florida, and you chance upon a monochrome advertisement from “Elaine Powers”. Posing unapologetically is a slender—arguably to the point of emaciation—and prepossessing model, along with statistics of dress size reductions and “special offers” plastered all over; the headlines innocuously...

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