I’ve been reading a book about running, or penguin waddling for those of us who are slowwwww.
One of the big points that has stood out for me is that you can run just because you enjoy it. It doesn’t have to be for losing weight, achieving normative sexiness, whatever.
As women we get so much indoctrination that the way we look is all that matters. That our bodies are objects not instruments.
I’m starting to see just how endemic this thought is - that many (if not most) women seem to participate in fitness solely for how they look.
How hard is it to do something because it makes you better, stronger, faster, and you enjoy it, instead of doing it to look a certain way?
And if you do do fitness just to look a certain way, why can’t you keep it to yourself?
Seriously, we need to stop bonding over shared feelings of body hatred. I don’t hate my body, and I am sick of being told that I should.
I lift weights because its fun, I like being stronger. I run because I WANT TO BE FIT.
I tend to think that sexiness comes from intellect, from confidence, humor, from a smile, rather than from fitting a heteronormative vision of what women should look like.