Good afternoon to all of my 8 foot tall, ice cream eating, television watching friends! Well, at least that’s what most of you said; and to those of you who asked why I would ever bother to pair a stick of butter to a gallon of ice cream? I just wanted to see if you were really reading them or not.
Good to know that you are!
I’m gonna whiz right though today’s lunch because I have something on my mind that we need to discuss. Pretty yummy looking, right?
It also got an extra drizzle of honey, which was most definitely a smart move on my part.
Since I have yet to make it to the grocery store today (hellooooo slacker) our vegetable stash is basically non-existent. But hey, it ain’t no thang; I had a nice glass of low-sodium V8 to fill the quota for today.
(FYI: Since this lunch was on the lighter side, I will most likely be following it up with another mini-meal after we have food in the house again.)
So now…onto what I REALLY want to talk about…
Can Women Be Too Toned?
This afternoon, I happened to catch a clip on the news that aired this morning on GMA: Women Who Are Too Toned: Is It a Bad Look?. The piece went on to talk about how some of Hollywood’s well-known stars, such as Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, and Madonna have all become extremely buff…and perhaps too toned and muscular.
Serena Williams was also mentioned, as there has long been buzz about her being too muscular or, “too fat for tennis.”
The story also provided some facts, although I didn’t quite catch where the information came from. According to the reporter,
- 10-13% – the minimum amount of fat necessary for basic physical health for women
- 2-5% – the minimum amount of fat necessary for basic physical health for men
So while the story did address the fact that there does seem to be a double standard for women when it comes to putting on the muscle (when compared to men), I couldn’t help but get a little frustrated over the whole thing.
For as long as I can remember, there has always been such a vast amount of media scrutiny and focus towards Hollywood women (or any women, for that matter) for being thin. “She needs to eat more…” “Too frail and boney…” – phrases that are often splashed on tabloid covers. Yet, we’re still dealing with airbrushing and resizing of beautiful, curvy women on magazine covers…?
Now, the question is whether or not bulging, sculpted muscles detract from a woman’s natural beauty and femininity?
Personally, I couldn’t agree more with Summer White, a fitness model who was featured in the story, who said that society really needs to begin accepting women as the strong, confident, muscular, and curvy women that they are.
But that’s just my opinion…now I want to hear YOURS. Hopefully we can get some good discussion going here!
(To see the full video, watch here –> Women Who Are Too Toned: Is It a Bad Look?)
Questions for the Afternoon:
Do you think that bulging, sculpted muscles detract from a woman’s natural beauty and femininity? (not counting extreme bodybuilders)
Is it fair for the media to scrutinize whether a woman’s body is “too toned?”