Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: DISORDERED EATING, ABLEIST LANGUAGE, TRANSMISOGYNY, CISSEXISM, FAT HATRED]

This is a surprising entry in a strength training blog, sent to me by a friend, that has a lot of fantastic points about how the diet industry and patriarchal society in general keep women distracted and subservient with the constant pressure to have a body which is ideal for the male gaze.

An Open Letter to Everyone Who Has Told Women “Don’t Get Too Muscular” 

There is problematic language in this article (and a pretty transmisogynistic image), unfortunately, and unfortunately that is pretty standard among articles discussing these topics. If you don't want to read the whole thing, here's an excerpt:

When women strength train, it is an act of borderline social disobedience. “Don’t get too muscular” is the phrase of choice used by people who are threatened by strong women to put them “back in their place”. 
And it’s working. 
We have three generations & counting of women who have been brainwashed into voluntarily physically debilitating themselves.  
Three generations of women who have been more focused on losing weight than running for government. Three generations of women have would rather be thin than intelligent. Three generations of women that would rather let the men-folk open jars for them, rather than develop the strength to open jars for themselves.

Truth.

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