Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 12/5/05
High Ideals of Femininity Challenged
By, Grey Sports
A recent bodybuilding competition looks set to challenge the world with
an all-new approach to the women’s section.
Traditionally bodybuilding for both genders has been oriented on muscle
tone, definition and now small amount of presentation. The result is highly
intriguing, though admittedly there are times it is difficult to tell
the men from the women, no length of hair is not a means and no one, and
I mean no one is willing to check the package.
With this in mind the organizers of the Fifth Seattle Body Sculptors Competition
added a few new events to their line up. The intention was to add a little
flavor to an event that is traditionally very dry and wound up with something
that could revolutionize every aspect of body building.
There was little change to the men’s lineup, mostly flexing, posing, geek
bending and tearing phonebooks. A new “talent” section felt poorly tacked
on to the traditional events, though many competitors had clearly tried
their best from the beginning, with a high degree of innovation present.
All the same this felt very out of place.
Perhaps this is why the segment unfairly received little attention.
Balancing acts, real time computer construction, many times over a body
builder challenged the concept of their kind being big and dumb.
The collaboration of three contestants to perform a section of “Waiting
for Godot” while unlikely to win awards showed daring and courage.
Admittedly this makes the contest sound like a failure, however much more
effort was put into the women’s events.
Not only did female body builders face off in the traditional areas, displaying
truly impressive muscle mass in all the right areas, they also challenged
perceptions in the centerpiece of the new events, the Most Feminine Body
Initially there was criticism that this was sexist and derogatory to an
event that challenged female stereotypes. However these came largely from
outside of the community, the majority of women body builders found the
new event challenged the stereotype of their kind as overly masculine.
While there were a few disastrous French Maid outfits, and quite a few
women who should not be allowed within spitting distance of pigtails,
their own or anyone else’s, there was some genuine effort, thought his
time it was recognized and rewarded.
There was flower arrangement, high-speed crochet and several dance performances
that held a strange, powerful grace.
While one show of this sort is not enough to judge the effort it does
bode well for any future innovations in this area. Even if the most feminine
body builder judged on the day was a man.