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THE ATHLETIC FEMALE BODY:
THE GREEKS DIDN’T HAVE A WORD FOR IT!
If tradition doesn’t include the ideal of the athletic female physique – maybe it’s time to start a new tradition!
By Bill Dobbins
People tend to have strong feelings and deeply held opinions when it comes to the subject of women’s bodies. For example:
- (1) In the eyes of many men and women, women with muscles—no matter how beautiful, shapely and curvaceous they might otherwise be—have ruined their bodies by allowing them to become masculinized. In their minds, muscles = masculine and women with muscles have therefore disregarded a natural and innate distinction between the genders. Muscle on women is seen as some sort of violation of Natural Law.
- (2) A lot of men cannot see the female body except in terms of their own specific sexual preferences. In terms of body type or degree of physical development, if it doesn’t turn them on—if they don’t want to go to bed with it—they’re against it. The fact that there may be some other standard by which to judge women and their physical attributes never enters into the discussion.