What do you think the most beautiful female body looks like?
Is it like this?
Or like this?
Or most probably, especially in paleo circles, it looks like this:
(For more of these, see Crossfit Babes at Tumblr. There are thousands.)
HOT. These women have got breasts and hips and beautiful sets of abs. They’re defined, and they’re strong, and that’s something that we value very highly. And holy crap, that woman doing the one handed push up, I’ll have sex dreams about her for a week.
Many years ago, we thought that fat women were hot. That was socialized. Then we thought super-corseted, rounded women were hot. That was socialized, too. Then we got angry about masculine dominance of modern society, and we set out to claim as much equality as possible. We’ve got female athletes. We’ve got title IX. We’ve got weight lifters. Bad. Ass.
People in the paleo community I think are especially attuned to this. We are feminists. We also believe in strength, rather than in being thin and supermodelly, such that I see at least one post a month in the paleosphere that advocates fit, strong, womanly hotness.
I am (was–this was me four months ago, not today) fit, strong, womanly hotness.
Yes, I cropped my face out of this photo. No, I will not tell you how often I dress like this.
But I wonder: is this a socialized norm, too?
We are still constructing notions of beauty. We are still putting different bodies on pedastals. We can’t help it. We are human, and we have tastes! The thing is: I wonder, since we are reacting so strongly to the masculine culture, and since we are excited about athelticism, are we taking those ideas to the extreme and idealizing the hot, muscled body?
When are we going to idealize what’s healthy?
Healthy spans a big, big range. I get that. Some women are very healthy and very thin. Some women are healthiest at higher BMIs, and might look more like this:
Ok. I don’t have a photo. I googled “woman bmi 25″ and “woman not super fit” and all sorts of phrases and got nothing but photos of women pinching fat and crouching over scales. nothing. I did get these nice graphics, though:
The whole point being: next time you’re striving to flatten out your tummy, and it’s not working, and you don’t have an eight pack, or you don’t have huge biceps because your arms just don’t get that thin, GREAT. FLAB can be sexy. Fuck, guys, I mean it. Embrace it. Men can go to super low body fats and be healthy. They don’t have babies. Women can’t. Deal. Be one with your natural femininity.Tweet