Written by Akesha Smith
The Female Stereotype
Why is it that when a woman says she feels stressed, people always recommend a yoga class, or to try out a meditation exercise? But when a man is stressed, he’s led to the closest gym to pump some iron. Why can’t women be given the same? We are living in the 21st Century, we all have the right to do what we want, yet, some people are still living in the past! The fact that even some women believe that the gym, or working out, in general, is a man’s only hobby is quite disheartening.
Some women believe they won’t be idolised if they begin to work out and get strong. The myth of women turning into the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger is still present in their minds. I can tell you now that it is nothing but a myth! Doing one weight session won’t suddenly bring you muscles! Trust me if it did, everyone would be walking around with a good set of muscles! It’s not that easy.
Women have made some massive movements throughout the years, one of them being that ‘skinny” look, which is being less and less idolised in both men and women! Strong has slowly become the new sexy. Unfortunately, there are some women still stuck in the “skinny is best” era. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being skinny, some women (myself included) are naturally skinny, but it is not by force!
Some women put their bodies through hell and back to remain a size 2! Women become obsessed with the scales and want to get their weight as low as possible, but they do not seem to realise that weighing more does not necessarily mean you are getting fat and overweight! Muscle weighs more than fat due to its density, so all the fit women you look at are probably much heavier than you imagined!
The whole “skinny is best” look needs to be tarnished! It’s okay to be skinny if that is how you naturally are, but it is not okay to try and force your body to be something it is not! Choose to be healthy and strong, not underweight and fragile! Why follow society’s idea of what they think is deemed as beautiful and what ‘real’ women should be doing? You are your own person! If you want to go to the gym to relieve stress or get a sculpted body, you do that! If you want to sweat it out in HIIT class, go right ahead!
Long gone are the days of females just sitting around reading books, learning to play the piano and embroidering napkins! We are strong independent women who can do just as much as men, and it is about time that every woman felt that they can do and be more! Think for yourselves and don’t let the pressures of society change the way you think and how you should look!
Women were once thought to be fragile, dainty and needed to be looked after, but not anymore! This is 2017! Be confident, be daring. Be willing to go against the crowd and stand out! Strength in mind and body is beyond sexy, it is something that is admired. Be more than just a stereotype, because as females we are worth so much more!