Zoe Smith is a female weightlifter, which means that her body doesn’t fit the stereotypical idea of female beauty. This offends some assholes personally, who feel morally obligated to express to Smith that there’s “something wrong with her body.”
Smith was understandably upset, and decided to shut up the internet tough guys, since, you know, she’s actually tough in real life and can clean and jerk 267 pounds. She did this through a post on her blog, which was directed at this “small percentage of idiots.”
(It’s) obvious that these people had never done a moment of exercise in their life, or had the intelligence of a potato.
Well, I’m upset on behalf of one Mr. Potato, but this is still a great burn.
The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is “how unfeminine, girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles, this is wrong”. And maybe they’re right… in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this is laughable, we’re in 2012! This may sound like a sweeping generalisation, but most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that. I confronted one guy that said “we’re probably all lesbians and look like blokes”, purely to explain the fact that his opinion is invalid cause he’s a moron. And wrong. He came up with the original comeback that I should get back in the kitchen. I laughed.
As Hannah pointed out earlier, we don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive?
What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.
Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
And here’s some food for thought – maybe you should broaden your criteria for what you consider ‘attractive’ anyway, because these perfect, feminine women you speak of probably have no interest in you either.
To summarize: Shut up, trolls: we don’t care what you think, and no women like you. And I can beat you up. Well, there’s no comeback to that. And if that’s not enough for you to like her: she also says things like “I’ve got the metabolism of a dead person.” ‘Nuff said.