Bitch, I do both. How dare you criticize someone just because they don’t prefer or have access to the same physical activities as you. Not to mention that the two activities serve two different purposes. Zumba is more cardio-oriented with mild full-body toning whereas lifting is going to target specific muscle groups more intensely.
If you genuinely think your workout is better than someone else’s, you are a problem. You are one of the reasons our world is so fucked up. Health isn’t about badges, bragging rights, or physical superiority, and your perpetuations of those notions are part of why eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and depression are so rampant in modern society.
Let me talk to you about books.
Specifically, one book. This book.
This book should be a best seller. This book should be required reading for graduating from high school. Before you get that diploma, you read this book.
This book deals with debunking “Neurosexism,” which is a very fancy term for all of that evolutionary psychology bullshit that people spill about those “brain differences” between boys and girls.
This book debunks such myths as:
- Boys are better at math than girls
- Women make crappy lawyers/business CEOs/etc, as their brains are not cut out for aggression.
- Men make crappy counselors/primary school teachers/primary parents/etc, as their brains are not cut out for empathy.
- MEN ARE BUILT FOR GOING OUT AND HUNTING WHILE WOMEN ARE BUILT FOR STAYING HOME AND BABYMAKING IT’S NOT SEXISM IT’S JUST BIOLOGY
- And many other such myths.
Furthermore, this book covers topics such as:
- Neurosexism and gender perceptions in multiple races (as this is not a singularly white experience, just as the western world isn’t a singularly white experience)
- Sex discrimination in the workplace, and how women are (or, more often, are not) allowed to behave
- How science is used (badly) to support many of these claims
- Experiences of trans* people, both through interviews and empirical studies.
AND FINALLY - It is all brilliantly researched, cited, compiled - and it’s easy to read! Cordelia Fine actually manages to be funny while writing this, which I think is important, because it makes all of this information infinitely accessible.
Delusions of Gender has reinforced what Oberlin taught me: The gender binary is ridiculous and arbitrary, and dangerous. And it is a self-perpetuating bias that needs to be addressed to be overcome.
Officially graduated from university today!
I guess I can’t really pretend I’m not an adult any more.
Still gonna try though.
mainstream tumblr feminism may have many glaring faults but it has bred an army of teenage girls who understand the common ways that misogyny is reinforced in society and who know that they’re better off loving their fellow woman than fighting with her and that’s actually pretty damn revolutionary
Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.
I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open.\ seriously watch the video. i’m crying i’m so proud of her
Pretty sure that if women were encouraged to do shit like this the way that men are, tons of female gymnasts would have beaten this already. Have you seen the training that gymnasts are put through? Because my sister was a gymnast and even at age 12 like holy shit damn she could kick anyone’s ass.
- Did the person being featured agree to have their photo/video taken? Or have their image be shared online in that manner?
- Does the post tell you anything about this person? Their name, career, personal history, fitness goals, etc? Do they talk about their experiences at all?
- Or does the post focus solely on their body and/or their disability, reducing them down to an object or a trope?
- Is the post framed so that it’s purpose is to send a message to the audience, saying things like “What’s your excuse?” or “The only disability in life is a bad attitude”?
- Is the person being featured interchangeable with any other disabled body? If you switched them out with someone else, would it affect the post’s message?
- Are you walking away from the post thinking about the disability itself, or about the person’s accomplishments?
In the end, you just have to ask yourself if this person is being treated with respect: If their disability is being used as a tool to make you feel better and encourage you to exercise, then this is likely a form of inspiration porn.
It’s perfectly fine to look up to a disabled person. But the problem comes when we’re simply ~amazed~ that someone like that could be active and inspiring. Disabled people are still people and deserve to be treated with respect, not like magical motivation fairies who exist just to make us feel better about our own lives. If you see a post about someone like Josh Sundquist and all you get out of it is “He’s am amputee with a six pack! Wow!!!!” then you’re erasing the best parts of him. That’s not the kind of fitspo that we should be supporting.
Hello Queen of Genovia