MMA fighter Ronda Rousey recently fired back at critics in a UFC video promoting her August 1 fight with Bethe Correia. Some see Rousey’s body huge and masculine. On the contrary, she sees every muscle on her body as having a meaningful purpose and not just simply something to be looked at:
“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing bitch, 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 fucking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing bitch. 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.”
Certainly to the point, Rousey, like all female athletes. come in different shapes and sizes, like our male counterparts.
Competitive swimming has endowed me with strong shoulders, an agile core, and a defined back. There were times growing up I thought my body type was a bad thing–too muscular, too broad, too masculine. Rather, I had a body type, built/trained to serve a distinct purpose. Whether muscular, broad, or masculine, I could be either or all and still feel beautiful.
And like Rousey, my mother too raised me to be a strong, independent woman. Though she may have not called it a DNB, she didn’t want me to be someone else’s trophy. Rather, she had hoped I’d earn my own trophies. And with my medals and accomplishments, I’ve come to appreciate my body and the importance of fueling and loving it properly.
And OK being femininely badass as fuck.