Body shaming. It’s all around us (see Famous Sex-Tape Star Kim Kardashian Is Now Mad At Your Body Shaming… and NEW IN BODY POSITIVITY: A Record Breaking Bearded Woman?!). Most recently it’s been plaguing Colorado College in the way the campus encourages healthy eating. Monsters.
At least, according to this feminist writer. Who, maybe ironically(?), made her argument about how unfair this is to male students…
That’s right. It’s the men who are being body-shamed.
With a dining hall that gives students an abundance of food options for the vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free lovers, as well as a renovated fitness center that looks over Pikes Peak, and numerous clubs and organizations to get you moving, sweating, and in shape, how can a male student not be physically fit?
Because Cheetos and beer. That’s why.
And when they are not physically fit, it becomes clear that they do not physically belong. Several aspects of the CC community such as numerous healthy eating habits, gym programs, and outdoor activities, foster a culture of body shaming even for male students. While I am not suggesting that these aspects are detrimental in and of themselves, I argue that the College values these things in ways that are overwhelming and exclusionary. I focus on men because although the “CC Culture” is promoting a healthy lifestyle, it is also promoting body dissatisfaction, as well as making it difficult to navigate public spaces for the men on campus.
What bros find it difficult to navigate public spaces? Has Colorado College been giving out scholarship for Beta Male Awareness? It’s college. You eat. You gain weight. You’re okay with it because, as previously noted, Cheetos and beer.
While the fitness center is open to all genders and everyone a part of the CC community, there is an unspoken rule that the cardio section is for the feminine and the weight room is for the masculine. Men are to have as much of a muscular build as possible in order to exude masculinity. If a man is seen running on the treadmill or cycling, he is exuding his strength, but not as much as he would in the weight room. There he will not only be exuding his strength, but he will also add to it and build his muscular build with each bench press or leg curl. The weight room gives men a place to gain control over their body as well as a place to show their body privilege.
Yes, this is real life. Sadly.
I’m sorry, on what Planet Fitness does this writer think men are ashamed to do cardio and women are ashamed to lift? Girls hog up the squat racks same as boys do. At least the right kind of girls. Boys do cardio to get their heart rate up. Usually so they can consume more Cheetos and beer.
Here’s how college works. The school encourages healthy eating and lifestyles. The students, if they’re having fun, ignore healthy eating and lifestyles. Occasionally, they hit the gym. To most, this is common knowledge. To leftists, it’s yet another reason to start a protest and/or human rights march.
Now if you’re serious about men being bodyshamed…