365 Days of Working Out…Turns a Normal Looking Guy Into a Giant Douche September 15, 2009Posted by FCM in entertainment, gender roles, health, rape, thats mean, WTF?.
Tags: body building, dieting, exercise, fat positive, rape culture, time lapse, working out
this is a time-lapse video of a normal-looking guy who decided he needed to improve his “physique.” he ends up also being less hairy, tanner, and basically looking like a giant douche.
why do people do this to themselves? i have been reading some fat–positive blogs lately and the thing thats stuck with me is that fat does not equal unhealthy, and actually tends to protect you from some things. and being thin, if you are eating crap and sedentary, is even worse that being fat.
but we automatically inquire about — and congratulate — people when they appear to have lost weight, dont we? for fucks sake! what if they just got over being ill? what if they are suffering from wasting from chemo? thinness isnt always an intentional (or a celebratory) state, and some people are just so naturally thin that they feel like freaks, too. people tell them to “eat something” and its supposed to be a “compliment” or a joke. but to anyone thats ever been “too thin,” any body- or weight-related attention is as offensive as telling someone who is fat to “back away from the doughnut.” mind your own fucking business. whether i can or cannot fill out the ass in a pair of jeans is entirely not. your. concern.
but getting to the heart of the matter: there are serious problems with a man getting “fit” in the way detailed in this video. firstly, it takes leisure time to be able to work out consistently, and to get results like this. working all day as a roofer might get you fit (and tan), but its not going to chisel you into a bronze god. chasing 3 kids around the house might get you fit, but you are also going to be left pasty, and undefined. sorry.
no, plenty of leisure time is required for this kind of “fitness”, and the people who have leisure time are privileged. its also going to cost you some coinage to have access to the equipment, and the safe environment in which to work out. if you have money to spend this way, you are privileged. if you are willing to acknowledge your privilege thats one thing. but too often, people who acheive results from working out like to act like it was due to just good old fashioned hard work and “moxy.” in those cases, its used as a weapon against other people who are less hard-working privileged. the bronze god uses his “acheivement” to build up his own ego. do we really need any more of that? (no, we dont).
men who want to sculpt their bodies in this way are also unabashedly promoting the gender binary, in which men are seen as larger, and stronger than women. when in fact, there is not that much of a difference, on average, between the size and strength of women and men, and certainly much less of an average difference that is observed between women as a group, or between men as a group. indeed, the average height for an american is 5’4 for women and 5’9 for men. thats only a difference of 5 inches. then think about the shortest and tallest men in the world, and the shortest and tallest women. the differences within–rather than between– those groups will be closer to 5 feet, if the tallest is close to 8 feet tall, and the shortest close to 3.
finally, distorting the relative physical strength between women and men is beyond problematic. we live in a rape-culture, where men display aggressive and entitled sexual styles that are perceived as “normal,” even when they cross over into rape-behaviors, instead of sexual ones. distorting men’s physical size and strength, and exaggerating the differences between women and men in both areas, only make it more likely that women will continue to be victimized by men in this way, as long as men have the desire to rape. in fact, his greater size and strength will make it more likely, not less, that he will be successful in most physical endeavors, including rape and other violent crimes, as we see with the dreaded “super criminal” coming out of prison after having done nothing but work out (and hone his anger) for months or years. but this is only seen as problematic, in most cases, in the prison context. why? why is anyone OK with men gratuitously building up their size and strength, when men are far and away the perpertators of sexual assualt, domestic violence, and murder?
at the same time, we have the sexist, racist “beauty myth” as the physical standard for women. not coincidentally for sure, within this rape-culture favoring monterously huge male bodies, we have women dieting and starving themselves to make them smaller, in relation to men.
in sum, the guy in the video looked fine, before. if he wanted to get healthy, he could have stopped 3 months in, which is where he has lost the more noticeable flab. he certainly didnt need to shave his chest, or visit the tanning bed. i mean seriously. what was the point of that? this is not a rhetorical question. here is the website linked to by the creator of the video. its called “john stone fitness, LLC.”