FEM-M-A: Ronda Rousey Talks About Gender Inequality, Foreplay
Feminism is defined as "the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men," which is pretty vague, so it makes sense that "feminists" come in many forms. One of those forms happens to be 135 pounds capable of punching her fist through your face and out the back of your head. Ronda Rousey is no Women's Studies professor at Bard, sure, but she sure as hell isn't a 1950's housewife. That much is obvious.
As the biggest draw in mixed martial arts and the highest-paid fighter in the UFC, it's no surprise her stance on the gender inequality is unique. The woman has spinning heel-kicked her way through the glass ceiling that stands between women and positions of power -- an experience which has clearly informed her opinions on gender politics. On one hand, she's Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s most prominent critic and frequently advocates for women's empowerment, saying things like, "Even if something is perceived as a guy’s thing, it doesn’t mean it isn’t for girls." On the other hand, she's dating a guy who's been accused of abusing his ex-wife.
In this month's issue of Maxim Magazine, Rousey answered questions about her "pet peeves in the bedroom." Once again, this isn't exactly stuff Gloria Steinem would do, but Rousey seems to justify it with her own feminist logic.
“For what you should never do: Don’t bite my teeth! If my teeth are repeatedly hitting your teeth, then there’s a problem with what you’re doing. That freaks me out. I don’t like it. It’s terrible. I have a thing about my teeth. Even though I do a sport where I get punched in the face for a living, if your teeth hit my teeth more than a few times, I’m over it already. What should a guy always do? Take his time. In general, a girl takes a minute. He needs to get her ready. You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you’re being lazy … and you’re not taking your time.”
Would a male fighter ever be asked about their sex lives? Probably not. Does Ronda Rousey give a shit about being objectified? Hell no. She has a very "fuck you, I'm the shit, I can do whatever the hell I want" brand of feminism. That's why we were so stoked to see that someone had put together a montage of Rousey candidly answering questions regarding gender with her signature candor, beginning with (of course) her fun little summation of Kim Kardashian. Definitely worth a watch.
Rousey fights Holly Holm on November 14th at UFC 193.
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