"You don’t have to look like an Under Armour mannequin to be an athlete. People probably think I don’t even try to work out, but I do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack."
- Prince Fielder
people on twitter making fun of Prince, most of them probably can’t do 10 good push-ups if their life depended on it
Yeah, Prince is one big MOFO, but have you seen him run the bases? For a big dude, this guy can move!
He’s an amazing athlete, and have you seen this man hit a homer? He CRUSHES THEM.
Simply from an aesthetic point of view, this is a beautiful picture. The lines of his muscles with the lines of his tattoos, the shine on his skin contrasted against the background… it’s all very beautiful. His strength is visible in every angles of his stance.
The minor, human inconsistencies in the type are pretty good, but the gently distressed texture of the red background are perfection.
The impact of the commodification of women’s bodies
I recently remarked to an anthropologist/historian friend, that if women’s bodies physically required to be turned-on to be able to have sex (like men), the world would be entirely different. My thinking was that there would be less imbalance between the sexes if our bodies had some way to actually shut down the possibility of sex if we didn’t want to do it. Obviously a lot of the unpleasant experiences we allow to happen to us wouldn’t, and a lot of the socially-acceptable abuse we experience as young, powerless women would be impossible.
She pointed out that if women’t bodies weren’t capable of sex without desire then we’d have no culture, since all early civilizations used marriage to cement and formalize bonds and treaties. In many ways the commodification of women’s bodies was probably one of the earliest bargaining chips we had.
It is so depressing that we’re currently still living in a way that allows men to dictate how we live and function, how we care for our bodies and what we do with them. I can see how, historically, men co-opted women’s bodies for “the greater good”, but in our modern society this behavior makes no sense and we need to keep fighting to force powerful men to relinquish their control of our bodies and our sexuality.
Today I woke up to two big news stories. The first was that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a company denying birth control health insurance coverage to their employees (i.e. based on their religious beliefs, this company are allowed to dictate the type of health care a women receives. Not her doctors, her employer is going to choose what care she’s allowed to have. The insanity of this is that the thing we call birth control is actually just a hormone delivery system, one which is frequently used to treat all manner of health issues in women.).
The second big news story which came out today was that yet another extremely well-known children’s television presenter was found guilty of sexual abuse and pedophilia in the UK. Apparently there was an entire conspiracy of this, with the all of the people working around them covering up the horrible abuses these men perpetrated against children, in order to keep them in positions of power.
Our attitude to our sexuality HAS TO CHANGE. We aren’t living in medieval times were you need to have a morally ambiguous attitude to a women’s body because you might need to sell your daughter to a lord so that you can stay on his land (as these people hiding the child abuse ring in the UK did), or marry her off to a neighboring king to cement a peace treaty with another state (as was the norm when the religions which dictate what kind of birth control is acceptable).
How are we still treating each other this way? We need to keep forcing the people who’re clinging to these sick, outdated modes of behavior to stop. We need to fight and we need to keep voicing our outrage out immoral and unequal behavior.