Several years ago, when I was just getting started with fitness blogging and was beginning to find my power in the weight room, I saw an online advertisement for a hoodie with the logo ‘Strong is the new Skinny’.
Because (a) I was tired of seeing skinny ‘treadmill girls’ at the gym, (b) I wanted to defy the notion that women needed to be thin to be fit and (c) I needed more long sleeve shirts to keep me warm at work (ever the practical one, I know), I ordered one.
I wore it proudly for a year or so, before it got buried at the bottom of my workout shirt drawer. Ever so slowly, the slogan had started to bother me as day after day images of skinny models wearing the same writing on their shirts kept showing up in my Facebook stream. (Also, it was one of those shirts that makes you sweaty under the arms as soon as you put it on; what’s up with that?).
I had all but forgotten about the sweatshirt until I read this wonderfully written post by Megan Clements; Strong is Still Strong, Skinny is Still Skinny.
Go and have a read. While you’re doing that, I’ll be doing some clothes-drawer-cleaning-out. While I usually donate used clothing to the women’s shelter, I have no intention of foisting this sweatshirt’s message off on another unsuspecting woman.
To the trash it goes.
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