17
Aug
08

She-Man

The other day I was carrying my four 50lb bags up the stairs and I thought to myself, “I can lift heavy things too, and I’m a girl. Take that you manly men!”

And I’ve got the manzilla trapezius muscles to prove it. They’re kind of scary actually.

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3 Responses to “She-Man”


  1. 1 ourguile
    November 4, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Cite your sources. I’ve always had a problem with the oft-referenced childbirth perspective. It’s a terrible barometer for pain. As child birth is occurring, the woman doesn’t really have much of a choice. The baby will come out and it will be painful whether or not the woman has a high tolerance for pain. Objective research has been done (primarily with respect to extreme temperatures), and men as a group have consistently been shown to have both a higher pain tolerance and pain threshold than women.

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51160

    Your question “Why are men considered the strong ones?” is, quite frankly, silly. You can thank genetics for the fact that men tend to have greater bone mass and muscle mass, making them physically stronger in just about every conceivable sense. You can argue that among average, untrained people, women tend to have greater lower body strength relative to their body weight. Even given this, just about every athletic competition (male and female) is measured absolutely, and not relative to body mass (with exception given to boxing and wrestling). Any way you cut it, men are stronger than women.

  2. October 27, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Actually, rather than being proud of mimicking the abilities of men, I was questioning their status as a standard in general. I am perfectly capable of carrying heavy weights. Why are men considered the “strong” ones? Why is heavy lifting considered the paradigm of physical strength?
    What about capacity to tolerate pain? Women have been shown to tolerate physical pain better than men. Women give birth. Women do most of the field work in third-world farming. That is hard labor. If you do not use weight lifting as the only condition of physical strength, men no longer have the advantage.
    It’s time for a new paradigm.

  3. 3 ourguile
    October 25, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Four 50lb bags at once? Daaaaaamn gurl. Food for thought: You take pride in and are vindicated by your ability to mimic the capabilities of men. Does this not clearly make men the acme of human development? Consider this in terms of the teenage boy who struggles to be like the “cool kids”, ignoring his own natural strengths and desires in favor of trying to duplicate those of the alpha-group. In doing so, he strengthens their control in the micro-society. At best, he can mimic them perfectly and become only as strong as they are, never stronger. As such, in striving to do what men can do, you solidify them as the standard to which women should measure up to.


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