This is a picture of David Frum. (He’s the one on the left.)
David makes his living by running his mouth. I could find only one picture of him anywhere on the Interwebs that wasn’t either a thoughtful head shot or fully suit-clad. It is possible David has seen the inside of a gym since high school, but really, you couldn’t prove it to look at him.
This is Serena Williams. She is a world-class tennis player (who sometimes goes to the beach).
David thinks Serena must have won her multiple trophies by using steroids. I don’t know how he knows that, but he knows it, even though, as several commentators have noted, Serena Williams puts up with more drug testing than almost anyone in sports. Other mouth-runners the world around have been quick to support his view, saying that she couldn’t get muscles like that on her own, or that women shouldn’t have muscles like that anyway.
This is a picture of Bev Francis, a spectacular lifter and exhibitor who may have juiced at times in her career, just in case David needs a frame of reference for how muscular a woman can actually get. (Bev, incidentally, never quite got to first place at the Olympia — because one year the judges would say she was too muscular and the next year she would retool her physique and someone would say “not muscular enough.” She was amazingly gracious about it.)
Up at the top of the page you see me (well, my delts) at the age of nearly sixty, just to round out the frame of reference — not a world-class competitor in anything, just a cranky old lady who hangs out in the gym and has never been closer to a steroid than the ones probably racing through a couple of my clients’ capillaries.
David, you are such a bitch. Will you come arm wrestle me?
I throw up my hands. This is 2015, and we are still looking at the same tired old formula — from one direction, whole squadroons of people from politics to fashion to your Aunt Sally preaching that certain behaviors and traits are “unfeminine,” youllnevergetaman nicegirlsdon’tdothat ewwwwww, and then, inevitably, assorted other bigmouths, or possibly the same ones, reminding everyone that women can’t be equal to men because they’re weaker, less ambitious, you name it.
Not least, people will ridicule women for being preoccupied with their appearance. Wonder where that came from.