Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fat Women Are Winning the Olympics, Too

Are you one of those people who thinks that "fit" = "thin"? I have news for you. The first person to win the U.S. a medal in weightlifting in 16 years is a woman who looks like this:

Photos of Sarah Robles winning the fuck out of the Olympics

That's right. This woman is way, way stronger than you. Her name is Sarah Robles.

Oh, and she lives in poverty because she can't get endorsement deals because she doesn't fit gender specific body type standards.

The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty

But that doesn’t mean much when it comes to signing the endorsement deals that could pay the bills. Track star Lolo Jones, 29, soccer player Alex Morgan, 22, and swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, are natural television stars with camera-friendly good looks and slim, muscular figures. But women weightlifters aren’t go-tos when Sports Illustrated is looking for athletes to model body paint in the swimsuit issue. They don’t collaborate with Cole Haan on accessories lines and sit next to Anna Wintour at Fashion Week, like tennis beauty Maria Sharapova. And male weightlifters often get their sponsorships from supplements or diet pills, because their buff, ripped bodies align with male beauty ideals. Men on diet pills want to look like weightlifters — most women would rather not.

This is what beauty standards and capitalism do to people. Fuck both.

Or follow Sarah Robles' blog.

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