Womens’ Fitness – Whatever You Do, Don’t Get Stronger

My blood sorta boils over this one.

Sure, this is a cute video, showing the evolution of womens’ fitness trends since the beginning of the 20th Century, but there’s a big, big bit that is being left out, and I’m inclined to think it’s deliberate – actual athleticism.

There’s this whole notion that is really dug deep into our culture that women aren’t supposed to be strong. I regularly talk to women who are literally afraid to do resistance training of any kind because they worry that it will lead to manly, bulky muscles. This is, in fact, something that is utterly and completely impossible for any woman to accomplish unless she either has an unusual hormonal profile, or she’s taking steroids and/or HGH.

Beyond that, so what? What are we really talking about here anyway. What is “manly muscle?” Muscular men are strong men. By and large they are fit men, who are able to use their bodies to athletic and useful things. Isn’t the fear of a woman becoming “manly” really the fear of a woman becoming useful, beyond her societal role as a brood mare? Or perhaps it’s a fear that if women can do things for themselves, using their own strength, that men will no longer have any use.

Look, I know, I’m getting a little ranty here, but bear with me.

I am a father. I have a daughter. I do not like the idea of her growing up thinking that she cannot be strong and fit and have a body that allows her to do whatever she wants to do with it. I think the best way for me to not worry about some jerkface becoming a part of my little girl’s life at some point in the future is if she well and truly does not need him.

What do you think? Share this with your friends. I’d love to see your comments.

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