In 2012, a couple of male bloggers had an unofficial chin-up competition at the Financial Blogger Conference 2012 (FinCon12). At FinCon13 last week, this became an official FinCon competition, and around 10 male bloggers jumped up in front of the crowd and showed their chin-up stuff. Women were welcome to participate too, but the few of us who could do any chin-ups at all were all sick or recovering, so no women participated.
I was totally fine with this…until one guy decided to get up and say something like, “That wraps up this contest. Don’t worry ladies, the beauty competition is later this afternoon.”
Yeah, he probably didn’t mean anything by it, but for anybody who doesn’t understand why that was a temporarily idiotic thing to say, let’s boil it down really quickly:
Men = Grrrr, manly, physical prowess
Women = Pretty, wussy, boobs
At least, that is what every female in the room heard. Heck, most of the men in relationships heard that too. I swear, there was a group cringe.
Side note, later that day, four of us women had an impromptu push-up competition. I know that at 26-27 push-ups, we were showing some grrr too. I don’t mind admitting that men are built stronger than women overall. I also don’t mind saying that I think women are generally better looking than males. What I minded was some random dude deciding that all women could do was be pretty (or at least saying something that sounded that way to all of us).
Men have more going on for themselves than just muscles. And women have more going on than just their looks. I would have been absolutely fine with the whole situation if that one guy hadn’t said anything. Heck, even his comment didn’t take away from the fun for me, but it did lead to a challenge.
The Gauntlet was Thrown Down and Picked Up
That said, Kathleen from Frugal Portland, immediately Tweeted her outrage and many started Tweeting back with similar reactions. I made the comment that instead of being angry about, we should just get even. The gauntlet was thrown, and Kathleen and I challenged ourselves to our own chin-up competition at FinCon14.
There are two rules:
1. No steroids.
2. We each need to be able to achieve at least 10 chin-ups by this time next year in order to compete. We want to represent properly.
My First Step in Training
So far, my first main step to training is to find a solid place to practice chin-ups. There is no little bar to practice on in my house, and I don’t have a gym membership.
My husband suggested monkey bars, which seemed genius to me. I scoped out the kiddie parks around our house – NO MONKEY BARS!!! Those poor children!!! That seems wrong. Just slides, a playhouse, and swings. What’s a play park without monkey bars and a see-saw?! Anyway, moving on…
For now, I will be using the top bar of the sideways ladder leading into the kids playhouse area. If I pull myself up all of the way, I still have a few inches of clearance before my head hits the bottom of the playhouse floor.
Wish us both luck! Have you ever had a similar reaction to sexism/racism/etc.? Just want to prove them sooooo wrong?