Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Strength is Beauty

I have recently started visiting a website called Lift Big Eat Big and, I have to say, that they are fantastic. There are a lot of very strong men and women there. There are also a lot of good articles there. Some of those articles deal specifically with strength training for women or issues that women may have while training. The articles are written by both men and women so we actually get a woman's perspective, instead of seeing article after article written by men that just talk at women, instead of to women.

I bring this website up because it's also introduced me to a lot of very powerful looking women. Women that are likely exceptional athletes but often get horrific comments because of the muscles that they carry. To all the men who think a strong looking woman is 'manish': YOU DON'T GET TO DECIDE IF A STRONG WOMAN IS ATTRACTIVE. Yes, you have your preferences. You are free to it. You have absolutely no right, however, to bring that woman down just because you don't think she's attractive or that she should be strong.

A lot of men seem to be intimidated by strong women, though. It's always been this way so it shouldn't be much of a surprise. Facebook tends to be a cesspool of the type of men that will eagerly tear a woman down because she doesn't fit their perception of beauty. Guess what? Strength is beauty. I thank the people at LBEB for that slogan, by the way.

The image above is linked from the LBEB Facebook page. The very powerful looking woman above is Melina. Now, all I can think is that she must be one hell of an athlete and, like my husband, I wonder how much she squats. There were comments that criticized her for how well developed her muscles are, though. I will not quote them because they have since been deleted by the LBEB people. Needless to say, though, they were the same caliber of comments you find all over the internet.

One thing that really impressed me about them, though, is that they not only deleted the comments but made a post in response to people that may visit their page and summarily try to tear down athletes like the woman above. This is how we should all be. Supportive of men and women that pursue different goals in their lives. Not everyone as the same goal, not everyone wants to look like a super model. It's very important to keep that in mind. It's very important to understand that beauty comes from more then just a couple of body types. 

Anyway, I think that's about it for my rant there. Thank you for reading.

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