This article made its way through my twitter feed last night and it really had me shaking my head:
Disclaimer: I don’t have anything against running skirts. They’re not my style, but I don’t think they’re evil or stupid or anything. Lots of women like ’em because they’re comfortable or cute or whatever. Great!
No, it’s the hilarious writing in this article that made me roll my eyes. Let’s see:
In sports and other serious matters of life, it’s considered an insult to “act like a girl,” look like a girl or perform like a girl. And there’s a prevailing stereotype that successful women athletes have to be rugged and sturdy-looking to be effective, and a large portion of them incidentally live up to those expectations.
Huh? In running particularly, elite women are often anything but “sturdy looking.” They are teeny tiny. Muscular, but tiny.
Faces are scrubbed raw, clothing is efficiently nondescript, hair is haphazardly restrained and mannerisms are defiantly mannish.
Sorry for not sporting makeup and a totally polished ponytail when I run. Given that I dumped a cup of water over my head at one point of Saturday’s race to cool off, I really was not thinking about my complexion or coif. I mean, really? Are we supposed to care about this?
Defiant! And most definitely mannish! *burp and crotch scratch*
The defeminization of women in sports became so pronounced that in recent years, international sports bodies such as the Olympics have struggled with how to actually implement testing to ensure that the women are biologically female.
This has nothing to do with the fact that most runners don’t curl their lashes before a race. It has everything to do with performance-enhancing drugs and procedures. Fail.
However, one emerging trend is attempting to put an end to androgyny in sports. The proliferation of unisex, one-gender-fits-all athletic apparel is being flouted by the sports skirt.
Oh good, because I’m tired of having to buy all of my running shorts in the men’s section. Seriously? WTF? Women’s running clothes have existed for decades.
It really seems like the writer of this article was trying to create some sort of long-standing conspiracy against femininity in order to make her article more exciting. And it kind of ticked me off. I don’t want to be expected to look cute and “feminine” – by the author’s definition – when I’m working out.
For those who do – or who find a skirt more comfy or practical – then rock on. I’m glad there option is there. And clearly, women’s sports apparel has come a long way since the days when competitive running was strictly a boys game. But let’s not pretend that those evil Nike Tempo shorts are somehow taking our femininity away. That’s as dumb as saying that because most gals run around town in jeans or pants these days, they’re less feminine than their dresses-and-pearls counterparts from the 1950s.
Because I, for one, feel perfectly feminine trotting along in my shorts and tank top. It’s me. Do I run like a girl? Hell yes. I’m a girl and a runner and I don’t need a skirt to remind me of that.
- Get a kids meal. This is basically what I did tonight. A plain hamburger or cheeseburger really ain’t so bad for ya, and the little envelope of fries is pretty small!
- Pick one thing to splurge on. If that small, flat burger is really not appealing, then go for the Bacon Whopper. But skip the fries.
- Augment. Tonight I had a hearty snack of bananas and greek yogurt shortly after my McD’s. Because the small burger and fries didn’t really fill me up. But they satisfied the craving, and my healthy snack topped off my belly.
- Eat slowly. There is no reason to shove four fries or an entire chicken nugget in to your mouth at once. Nibble. Chew. Savor.
- If it’s worth it, go all out. On certain occasions, there is no way I’m holding back. Like if I’m at In-n-Out? You can bet I’m stuffing my face. Because I only get to eat there like once a year. Sad face.
Today’s DRINK: No drink-on tonight. We’re out of…well, everything. Sad face again.