Tomboy: The Natural Athlete

September 15, 2015


Being active has always been important to me. When you grow up as a tomboy it’s one of the things that distinguishes you from the other girls. Running amok with the boys, pretending to be ninja turtles, was more fun to me than playing house or whatever girls did. I may no longer have push up contests with my brother or swing fearlessly from monkey bars, but I still enjoy breaking a good sweat.

I’m not a jock tomboy, I’ve never been the kind to follow team sports. In fact, most of the girls I know who follow sports only do it to impress men. I can appreciate the players and I can get into live games but I can’t be bothered to learn names or stats or how much they’re currently getting paid.

While my body may not be ‘perfect’, it’s mine. Being able to run 10k is more important to me than a number on a scale or the size of my jeans. I’ll let Ronda Rousey describe why being fit is better than being ‘perfect’. This is how the MMA fighter responded when people described her body as too masculine:

“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b—. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f—ing millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f— because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing b—. It’s not very eloquently said but it’s to the point and maybe that’s just what I am. I’m not that eloquent, but I’m to the point.”

So I guess that’s it, part of being independent, being a tomboy and not a DNB (at least in my mind) is being athletic, strong, capable. I may not fight in a ring but I’ll still take care of my body so no one else has to. Well said, Rhonda.

-Get fit AVEC LUI- KL


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