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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.

Zoe Smith, 18 year old weightlifter currently representing Great Britain at the Olympics, responding to tweets labelling her muscles “unattractive” and “unfeminine”. (via rawwomen)
2 years ago 14,652 notes via rawwomen
The people who get angriest about fat girls looking good and feeling hot are the people who are the most strongly invested in the idea that a person has to be skinny in order to be happy, healthy, and loved.

Lesley Kinzel,  (via fatandtheivy)
2 years ago 7,273 notes via sociolab © CNN
No one should be punished for living in a body that fails to meet certain cultural standards, and no one should be rewarded for living in a body that does.

this ain't livin': On Bodies and Beaches

But you might not want to go to the beach because of the attitudes you will encounter there. And these attitudes? Are not about whether you personally are ‘beach ready.’ They are about the fact that you live in a shitty society filled with judgmental assholes who apparently think they can decide whether you have a ‘beach body.’ And I wish I could make all those assholes go away so you could enjoy the beach in peace, I really, really do. I wish I could remove all the obstacles that make it hard for you to get to the beach and have a fun time while you’re there, whether you can’t even get ON to the beach because it’s not wheelchair-accessible or you don’t really feel like being snickered at by people when they walk past your towel and cough ‘whale’ into their fists.

Read this!

2 years ago 29 notes via se-smith

"Why Put A Bumper Sticker On A Ferrari?" (Or, "Your Body Only Matters Because Men Like It")


This article was submitted to me by somethinglikeagnome, and it is rife with internalized misogyny. The main premise of the article? Women shouldn’t get tattoos because men might find them unattractive.


It’s 2012, and we still have women telling other women that they shouldn’t express themselves in any way that a man might find objectionable. 

But not only does assistant news editor of the University of Buffalo Spectrum Lisa Khoury tell women that a personal work of body art is tantamount to “putting a bumper sticker on a Ferrari”, but she offers some helpful hints for what you could better put your time and money into. The gym! Manicures! High heels! You know, suitably ladylike things!

This is a pretty tired and contrived article for this day and age. I much prefer the counterpoint article published five days later…I only wish it hadn’t been necessary. 

And FYI, Khoury? My tattoo is awesome, and it’s also pretty damn sexy.

alleyleeplz sent me this last night but I didn’t have a chance to post it then (sorry!) but here it is. Besides the awfulness of the actual article, there are some horrible comments on it too. You don’t fight internalized misogyny with misogyny, people!