So I was at work Saturday morning cruising competition photos of Shannon Courtney, see above pictures. And our yoga instructor looks over my shoulder and says to me, “they don’t even look like women”. At which point I turned and responded, “you are perpetuating a whole host of problems that continue to set back your gender.” (Insert “OMG” look on her face) “If you’re trying to say these women look like men, name one right now that you have seen around town that looks like this.”
My point is this. When someone tries to insult a female physique competitor by comparing them to men, I have to ask the question. Name one man you know who looks like this. Does your boyfriend/husband/father? Do they have abs like a Greek god? Quads that look like rivers flow between their huge grooves of separation? Biceps like mountain tops? No you ass, they don’t, so what “man” are you comparing them too? If Shannon Courtney is what a man looks like then what are you married to? By your account if she looks like a man your boyfriend is an amoeba.
There must be a colony of male bodybuilders that I don’t know about full of men who look like Shannon. Men come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s a very small fraction of society whom are all types of ripped up. The average American male weighs 196 pounds and stands abut 5’10”. Not to mention 61% of us are obese. So I challenge tumblr, male and female. The next time you want to call a female bodybuilder “manly” ask yourself, how many males do you know in ya neighborhood, apartment complex, dorm, or what ever that look like female bodybuilders….
Shannon looks like a female bodybuilder, period.