You all should read all of the discussion and the article quote above, it’s quite interesting.
Zoe Smith, gold medalist at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games at the age of 16.
Zoe Smith was harassed via twitter recently because some female stated she looked o manly and no guy would go for that. Here is the article. Seriously, shes an 18 year old Olympian in lifting, and you have a problem because she’s too muscular for you? wow.
Part of the article:
“We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that,” Smith wrote. “What makes them think that we even want them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place?
“Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favorably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?
“This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any woman with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.”
Girls are so fucking mean to each other when they’re jealous of other people’s talents and abilities. Like, “Ohhh that’s crazy I could never do that, I think the most appropriate reaction should be for me to talk shit about her and make her feel inadequate and abnormal, that sounds about right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Give credit where credit’s due. This girl is STRONG AS FUCK and awesome as hell and she could crush the balls of any guy who insulted or offended her. But she probably wouldn’t because she’s a mature and intelligent young woman who doesn’t give a shit about what other people think… and that’s how more women should be. Fearless, reckless, completely in charge of themselves and not OBSESSED with what men think of them… Not everyone is 100% all about trying to find a mate. And furthermore, not every female is heterosexual, so there’s always that.
I don’t know. It’s just so infuriating to me that little girls have these twisted thoughts in their minds. Like why do you have to be a bitch all the time to people who could kick your ass in 1 second? Why can’t you just give people a break and a fucking pat on the back for a job well done, because HELLO SHE IS AN OLYMPIAN. BAH!
Another thing that always bothers me about this: why are muscles considered a “manly” attribute when the average male is not muscular? The average American man is far more likely to sport a belly than rippling abs. So stop flattering yourselves, guys. When a woman works hard to gain muscle, she doesn’t look more like you. She looks more like how you wish you looked, and maybe that’s where a large part of this negativity comes from.
It’s because a strong, muscled physique is attributed to mental and physical qualities associated with power; and power is a masculine attribute because we live in a patriarchal society. If you’re a man and you live in a society where men have significant advantages over women, then you would either unconsciously or consciously want to keep all the symbols of power and domination restricted for men. It’s the same reason why women weren’t allowed to wear men’s clothing in the 1800s (it was actually illegal in Paris) and why the poor could not legally wear the clothing of the rich in Elizabethan times. Though wearing men’s clothing won’t make you biologically male and wearing a crown won’t make you royalty, it allows you to be socially identified with that gender or class of individuals. That is threatening to that group of people, so people come up with reasons for why such activities should not be indulged in. Sometimes these reasons are legal reasons—they simply made certain activities illegal. Sometimes these reasons are cultural or aesthetic—for example, the rejection of the well-muscled female.
Over time, these prejudices become internalized so that even those who are oppressed by the prejudice come to embrace it as a golden standard and enforce it as such against those who deviate. That’s the viciousness of misogyny: it’s self-enforcing and it’s often most enforced by those who are oppressed.
Reblogging for this amazing response. That makes complete and total sense, and although it’s something I “knew” I never thought of it in those exact terms before. Thank you!
On a side note, I don’t think this girl looks ‘overly masculine’ either way. She certainly looks fit and muscular, and also very pretty. Bring home the gold!