Amid all the talk of Olympic athletes and their hot, hot bodies, it’s easy to forget they do not look that way for our personal benefit. But when a bunch of assholes on Twitter began criticizing the bodies of the British women’s weightlifting team for not being “feminine” enough, team member Zoe Smith set them straight with an intelligent, well-written, and hilarious blog post.
The trouble first started when a BBC documentary on the British women’s weightlifting team called “Girl Power–Going For Gold” prompted certain idiots to tweet negative comments about her and her teammates’ bodies. Smith responded, which prompted detractor “Infidel1978” to tweet things like “I wouldn’t even look at you…I’d think you was a bloke and so would 9 out of 10 lads” and “your insecurities are kicking in lol. Now piss off back to the kitchen and make your boyfriend a sandwich he’s hungry.”
Not one to be intimidated by sexist trolling (and/or sexist sincerity?) Smith posted the following response on her blog (emphasis mine):
The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is “how unfeminine, girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles, this is wrong”. And maybe they’re right… in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this is laughable, we’re in 2012! This may sound like a sweeping generalisation, but most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pigheaded blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we, three small, fairly feminine girls, are stronger than them. Simple as that. I confronted one guy that said “we’re probably all lesbians and look like blokes”, purely to explain the fact that his opinion is invalid cause he’s a moron. And wrong. He came up with the original comeback that I should get back in the kitchen. I laughed.
As Hannah pointed out earlier, 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.
Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
And here’s some food for thought – maybe you should broaden your criteria for what you consider ‘attractive’ anyway, because these perfect, feminine women you speak of probably have no interest in you either.
You go, girl! Judging from the fact that “Infidel1978″ has since deleted most of his twitter account and that Zoe Smith is still kicking ass and taking names, I’d say she won this fight by a mile. It’s a shame stuff like this even needs to be said in this day and age, but as long as there are still primitive sexists out there, I will remain glad we have cool, tough and articulate women like Zoe Smith to patiently explain why they are idiots.