I went to check my email today and there was a pop-up on the AOL homepage from Self magazine. It was some drivel about "Looks He's Into"...I tried to find it on a search just now and couldn't, and I really don't want that crap in my computer history...how embarrassing. Anyway, it was a poll from "men" about what looks they like on women. Apparently, the consensus is that you shouldn't wear makeup, yet should look stunningly, naturally beautiful at all times. And, don't do your hair up too much - it needs to look like you always just rolled out of bed, because, of course, we should all look like we recently wiped the spooge off when we're at the office. And, short hair is not attractive and a definite "no-no"..."unless you look like Halle Berry." Well, shit. She and I share the same birthday and I'm usually pretty tan and getting tauter by the day...does that count? Can I be accepted?
Fuck off, Self magazine. We'll all pretty aware gender equality is a myth - lord only knows when women will get equal pay for equal work and not be judged by how high their ass sits. We don't really need some dumbass magazine and even more dumbass men telling us what we should be. Do you know young girls read this? Do you know how self conscious a teenager is? And this is even a magazine geared towards women...the sexism of Maxim and FHM is a whole 'nother story.
Add to this seeing comments today on a photo of a beautiful female CrossFitter, half-naked, as we CrossFitters tend to roll (it's effing hot in the box...heheh) from a few select men about how unattractive the lady was - how she looked "manly." Ummmm, false. She was hot. I've heard too many women express their fear of "bulkiness" (impossible, unless you're juicing) when it comes to weight training - and it's usually some needledick boyfriend that put this idea in their head. I've also had a number of women say to me, "Your tattoos are beautiful! My husband/boyfriend/fiance wouldn't allow me to do that." Allow? Are you out of your mind?
And, I'd bet you my left pinky toe that if a man doesn't think this is smokin',
he's barely peeking outta the grass anyway.
The most solid, attractive, and appealing men I know love a woman with muscles, her own style and originality, and a lack of tolerance for being told how she needs to look.
Until we women own our health and wellness, not our pant size, this BS will continue. Until we realize how beautiful a solid body is and step away from a scale, we're at the mercy of the media. Turn off the crap, unsubscribe from the magazines, attack negativity and idiotic comments with all you've got, and go do a heavy back squat. I know that's pretty much the only thing that's gonna calm me down today.