Whatd ya read
keeping you a secret
let’s talk about the universe and make out
girls in oversized sweaters are the cutest things
man i’m gonna befriend the fuck out of these neighborhood crows i’m fucking determined once these snows melt these crows will be my pals
in 6 years its going to be the 20s again so we can bring back swing music and the aesthetics of that era but keep modern values who’s with me
As long as we don’t repeat the Hitler gaining control and shit part cuz I heard that was pretty lame.
but the titantic sank in 1912 and the costa concordia sank in 2012 and history is totally repeating itself
World War 1 began in july 1914…
im all about cute girls who could probably beat me up
nothing will fuck you up as much as the realization that there’s no real reason the alphabet needs to be in order
if i was a dragon, tell me in my ask box what you think i would hoard as my treasure :-0
"It’s the social economic version of “just stop being depressed”"
thats exactly what bothers me about “forget money follow your dreams” like lol ok poor people just stop being poor and do things start a business
just acknowledge we live in a capitalist society and that following a dream isn’t achievable for everyone like. be real. i’m a positive person but i’m not full of illusions about how things work.
Come here, naughty girl
what u gonna do with that belt, skinny boy? ya clothes dont even fit u gonna run at me trying to hit me with the belt and u gonna trip over the bottom of ur pants like a adult sized toddler
These images were going to be part of one of my larger #photoshop posts, but no - This needs to be specifically discussed.
The image on the right is a #fitspo photo that has shown up throughout tumblr, pintrest, and god knows how many porn sites. I’ve seen it in the fitness tags multiple times now. But the image on the left? It’s not a copycat model, that’s the original photo.
The woman on the left is Denise Rodrigues. She’s a Brazilian fitness model and figure competitor who has gained a huge following on Facebook and Instagram. She has a degree in Law and is currently studying Physical Education, allowing her to safely guide both herself and others through the world of weight lifting. Rodrigues is the kind of allstar idol that you rarely get to see in this world.
But even she wasn’t good enough for fitspo. Her body had to be edited and her personality had to be erased before she could be accepted as “motivational.” The person that we end up with, the #fitspo woman on the right, doesn’t actually exist: Denise Rodrigues’ body was manipulated in order to soften the curves and thin the waist, while her head was replaced with that of another woman.
Apparently, a muscular black woman was not worthwhile or attractive enough to grace someone’s blog, therefore it was necessary to paste an Asian woman’s head onto her shoulders.
This is what #fitspo does to us. #Fitspo teaches us that a person’s body and appearance are what’s most important. Not their life, not their goals, not them as a person: Just their image. When you reduce a person to their body and claim that their sole purpose here is to appeal to you, then you not only erase their individuality, you are saying that your right to sexual gratification is more important than their right to bodily autonomy.
There’s a whole host of fetishization and racist implications here, especially considering how much black and Asian women have been hurt by the sexualization of their images. If you’d like to read up on that more, fucknofetishization has several links that will explain why the mindset associated with these photo manips is harmful. These sort of body edits are harmful on their own, but we can’t dissociate them from the racial fetishization that drives many people to seek out these images.
In the end: #Fitspo, especially fitspo that solely revolves around worshipping someone’s body, makes women interchangeable and declares that their individual identities are worthless. Value needs to be placed on the person, not the body itself. If you want to admire an athlete, talk about their hardwork, skill set, competitive record, etc. Talk about what they’ve actually done. Don’t reduce them to an object.
This is what #fitspo does to us. #Fitspo teaches us that a person’s body and appearance are what’s most important.
Sorry, not all of us think like that. That’s a really closed minded way to think of people who actually like #Fitspo and it inspires them.
#Fitspo inspires me to work harder and become the best version of myself. I actually research into who the person is and learn everything I can about their training to customize it to myself. Their body inspires me to change my own to a better version of me.
My biggest #Fitspo is Zumba Fitness creator, Beto Perez. Yes, his body is gorgeous. Don’t get me wrong. But his body AND his life achievements inspire me.
This post is also really swayed toward one gender, don’t forget about the guys. If you’re going to talk about objectification, include guys in your little rant. You forget that guys are also objectified and photoshopped as well. Don’t act like women are the only victims in situations like this.
What is the name of the person in this photo?
Or this one?
How about these?
Because all of these #fitspo images were posted on your tumblr, but no names were included in any of the posts. There wasn’t any identifying information, discussion about their routines, links to their training schedules, or even any acknowledgement that these women are more than just body parts. There were just close-ups of their bodies, without even a face to show who these women are.
This is exactly the problem with fitspo:
Sexual objectification is the viewing of people solely as de-personalised objects of desire instead of as individuals with complex personalities and desires/plans of their own. This is done by speaking/thinking of women especially as only their bodies, either the whole body, or as fetishised body parts.
Sexual attraction is not the same as sexual objectification: objectification only occurs when the individuality of the desired person is not acknowledged.
I really don’t care if #fitspo inspires you or makes you work harder - Your motivation should never be coming at someone else’s expense. Praising these bodies, without acknowledging the person within them, is not actually praise. It’s just reducing them to the parts that you like and then throwing away the rest.
And trust me, no one has “forgotten” about the men in fitspo. But this was a post about two specific photographs that contained the body of a specific woman. This post purposely revolved around Rodrigues and women like her - They are the ones most actively hurt by media like this. Men don’t have to be the center of every conversation, especially when the conversation isn’t about them.
If you want to find inspiration in athletes and prove that #fitspo is beneficial? Then you have to walk the walk. Post all this research that you do on the people that you admire. Share what makes them so wonderfully inspirational. Demonstrate how you actively think about them as people, not just as body parts. Because unless you’re going to visibly incorporate these wonderful things into your fitspo, then your words here mean nothing.
new leaf has some right dialogue gems