I've been reading a lot of fitness info, mostly because I'm going to be changing my routine. I bought an e-book on the Texas Method from 70sbig.com which is a disgusting size worshipping website, but has some actual good training info on it.
Reading through, the writer, Justin Lacsek was clear and concise. A lot of times i get discouraged because the examples he was using was people squatting 430 pounds.... but a lot of times the guys who can do that don't look how I want? (see: youtube)
Anyways, I was reading along, absorbing information, thanking the universe for a sane fitness voice, but then he peppered in "jokes" which i guess are funny, but i don't know? like, "if you can fit into regular jeans, you're not training enough" or something like that.... as in... if you aren't BIG enough to fit into pants, you need to get stronger??? I dunno, i know i've written before about the obsession with men needing to get BIGGER BIGGER BIGGER AND SCARIER and it's so fucked. Like i do not want to get bigger and scary juice-face jersey shore Ronnie necked. You know? YOU KNOW.
And then there was the line about "getting chicks" and i was like okkkkkk okkkkkk. I mean, i'm used to just replacing "chicks" with "dudes" in a lot of situations and literature. And... okay, let's be real here, he has a clear demographic he's writing to, and he is that demographic so why wouldn't he appeal to what he's trying to sell to?
Then again.... if we're body-positive, and embracing all bodies, and realizing that people are happy with different types of bodies.... should i even think that a guy wanting to get bigger as "wrong". I mean... even though I don't like the look of it, doesn't mean that I should shame them into thinking it's gross, because surprise, men have feelings too!!!!! (1997)
So of course, reddit.com has the group SwoleAcceptance which was a place for guys who are super buff or whatever to talk about.... i dunno i'm not too sure yet. But it's interesting how a lot of guys talk about... just because they're muscular doesn't mean you can come up and touch them? i dunno, interesting and i never thought of it. I just always assumed "strong guys" = "douche bag" and that's just SOOOOOOOOOO not true.
I'm thinking back to reading about body acceptance, and these people in the same breath go "and six packs are gross!" or "i don't wanna be a skinny girl". Like.... don't pretend to be body positive and then go on to trash other bodies, or at least stop pretending like you don't have a preference because you do.
i don't know where this is going, just another 6:00am oatmeal/coffee non-spellchecked rant. maranta.
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