Throw me over your shoulder and carry me off to Valhalla you viking goddess.
suddenly people care about female weightlifting because they see an athlete online that they are sexually attracted to. Because she is petite and blonde, everyone is going wild for her. Her name is Samantha Wright, by the way, she is a person, and a serious weight lifter. You should also know about other women in this sport, from around the world and not just focus on this one woman.
Meet Karnam Malleswari of India, Olympic weight lifting champion, FIRST WOMAN FROM INDIA TO EVER WIN AN OLYMPIC MEDAL.
Meet Zhou Lulu, female weight lifter for China, who shattered world lifting records in her category.
Meet Holley Mangold, American weight lifting competitor. She didn’t win gold, but she is also an amazing athlete and just because she is not petite or marketably attractive does not mean she should be overlooked or forgotten.
Lastly, here is Zoe Smith. She got a lot of flack for “looking like a bloke” and being “too muscular” and she fought back:
“…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.“
If you lust after a female athlete, that’s cool, no one’s stopping you and you certainly aren’t alone. But you could at least appreciate the actual skill and dedication that goes behind these kinds of sports, and understand that these women aren’t doing it for your approval or to look good. They are athletes as much as their male counterparts, and they could probably fuck you up if they wanted to.
From the “Somewhere in China there’s a little girl warming up with your max” folder. Here is rep 3 of a 140kg back squat triple by 14 yo Luo Xiaoling (58kg). She did multiple sets at this weight in China’s National Training Base aka ‘Champion Factory’. This was during her afternoon session, she had snatched, deadlifted, and pulled in the morning session.