It's one of the wonders of life that two people's perception of the same thing can be totally different. In fact, certain things seem to cause almost polar reactions. Marmite, for example. You can love or hate it, but hardly anyone says they don't mind it.
Muscular women get similarly opposing reactions. I, for one, find them the most attractive women of all. I spend a significant amount of time eulogising them right here in this blog. But if you take even just a cursory glance at some internet polls on female muscle, you will find that there are a lot of people who are disgusted by them.
Now, I'm not saying these people are wrong, variety is the spice of life as they say. But take a look at the pictures below and the comments I've taken from the polls I've found. Are beauty and muscle really as mutually exclusive in women as some people think?
'They look like men. They look downright awful.'
OK, maybe some of the biggest steroid-abusing bodybuilders do sacrifice their femininity for muscle. But Szilvia Czine, Aleisha Hart, Jennifer Rish and Heidrun Sigurdardottir are clearly all woman.
And with her lovely, dark eyes and beautiful smile, would you really say that Yenny Polanco's bicep makes her look like a man?
This comment is similarly typical: 'Feminitiy [sic] and female bodybuilders have nothing in common whatsoever.'
So this person can't spell. Or run a spell check. But, hey, f-e-m-i-n-i-n-i-t-y is a tough word, and anyone can make a typo. Let's not be overly critical of their English. But looking at the Middle Eastern beauty of Mercedes Khani and the natural beauty of Erica Cordie, I for one disagree with their conclusion.
'It's not like any male on earth finds them attractive.
And they make even fat woman shudder in disgust.'
Having seen Reagan Brenner, the lady on the left is so disgusted she has to get some food down her quick. Imagine how much more she would have to eat if she saw the Asian beauty of Lyen Wong or Rebekah Kresila!
And then there is this old chesnut: 'I think dating women bodybuilders is one step away from being queer.'
Now, I have to admit, I did not know there were steps to being queer. Do they go up or down? And it does beg the question of being attracted to what kind of bodyshape on a woman is two steps away from being queer?
Well, if fancying Valeria Ammirato or Heather Dees makes me 'one step away from being queer', then I am very proud to be on that step. And what's more, I think that's going to be a very crowded step. Unless I'm the only one who finds Sheila Beavers attractive!