I wanted to write a little bit to you today about finding your motivation, as part of the post I had planned on including a video that might inspire you. So I hopped on over to YouTube and typed in 'women's fitness motivation'.
Wow! I had no idea I was supposed to get inspired by porny images of greased up girls moving like strippers. And let me just say that I am sure there are plenty of other videos out there that are not a complete exploitation of women but that's not the stuff that came up in my search! I mean this: http://youtu.be/-t3b-4M_5BU is not exactly what I want to see when I request motivation from the internet. This one was marginally better: http://youtu.be/ptJWKnQmPWI, there were some motivational shots, but they were overshadowed by the close up crotch and butt shot of the girl putting her pants on and all the T&A shots. And the most offensive one was the one that actually had a really good message, but the video was sprinkled with fake boobs, fake tans and lots of butt shots, as in bent over, shorts like thong underwear butt shots. As the voice over women is sending a great message about fitness success and motivation I am being shown a mix of really great images of women working out and getting strong and nearly naked butts and lots of fake boob cleavage. How confusing!!
So I searched the same terms but for men. The results were interesting. The were some greased up dudes, I came across one with a definite wiener in your face shot, but over all these men were NOT SEXUALIZED. In several of them the dudes were kind of agro. Their facial expressions weren't sexy with pouty lips, they did not have perfectly coiffed doo's. No they were sweaty and kinda looked like they were in pain or mad. This was one of the results: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfrrrAgTXHQ, it gave me a good laugh.
So a take away message from my mini sociology experiment this morning is this: Dudes get motivated by other greasy dudes pumping serious iron and getting mad. Ladies get motivated by greased up chicks, fake tans, butts and fake boobs making sexy faces and bending over. Except I am a lady and that does nothing to motivate me, kinda makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.
What a strange world we live in. There are lot's of things to say on this topic, I am curious to hear what y'all think, please leave comments :)
Here is a really great article from Huffington Post about the Pornographication of Fitness.
Happy Sunday Folks!!