Building up muscle mass is really important for women to help avoid developing osteoporosis and yet, many men’s sexist attitudes discourage women from doing so. A great example is here in the post: Hey Lady, You’re a Freak! (Link removed – blog no longer there).
In this post Liz talks about how once in the gym some guy commented to his girlfriend about her muscles and says ‘Better watch out or you might end up looking like that’.
Those kind of comments and attitudes just perpetuate the belief women are and are supposed to be weak and helpless. And is just one more example of how we still live in a very sexist society.
Some of the other things that men have said to Liz, sexualizing her strength, are just disgusting, as if it is ok for any man to just come up to a woman and comment about whether or not he finds her body sexy. Just another example of how men see women as sexual objects rather than equal human beings.
I’ll admit though, I do have some of those small pink weights, but I don’t use them so much anymore. I’m a small sized person so I doubt I will ever be ever to use really heavy weights, but I do do some strength training exercise – and I would love to be stronger and have muscles big enough to be seen!
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