7 Things Female Fighters are Tired of Hearing

As some of you already know, I love fighting – [kick]boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, MMA, etc.  Better yet, I’m finally getting the chance to make it an integral part of my life by actually learning and practicing it.  Training for a real fight is nothing short of a dream for me – I’m blessed and thrilled, and I damn well know it. 

But no, I’m not writing this post to bore you all to death with my fitness- and fighting-induced bliss, so y’all are still going to be needing your pre-recorded dolphin sounds to fall asleep tonight.

I actually want to share what it’s like to be a female fighter in this ridiculous world.  To explain this, first I have to tell you what it means to be a female in general around here. 

AmaranthineIt means that we’re expected to be pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate… nothing more, and nothing less.  Furthermore, it means that we’re supposed to live our lives and make all of our decisions around – yep, you guessed it – being pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate. 

It should come as no surprise that I get my share of ignorant, unsolicited commentary regarding my decision to train up and, one day, fight.  And it’s crazy [except not really] because when I compare notes with other lady fighters, we find that we’re all on the receiving end of identical, misogynistic statements regarding our fighting.

Being “a female fighter in this ridiculous world” means that it’s not easy to be taken seriously, and that you’re constantly defying and threatening what society has decided it means to be a woman.  

But society sucks anyways, so I’ve gone ahead and composed a “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate” little list of the most common verbal sewage female fighters get the great pleasure of hearing all too often.

Get ready to roll your eyes… seven times over.


1. “You do know you’re going to hit, right? Like, in the face?”

Oh, wait! Seriously?!

Man… I thought my opponent and I were just gonna simulate a fight by striking at the air and giggling profusely. 

Thank you so much for mansplaining that to me, though.  I feel slightly less confused now.   

2. “What if you get hit in the face? You won’t be pretty anymore.”

UFC

Paige VanZant, a UFC fighter, stands petite, beautiful, fierce, AND strong after being in many professional MMA fights.

I’m so glad that you’re acknowledging my understanding of the fact that I’ll probably be getting hit in the face.  But, you’re right (read: wrong)… God forbid a woman do anything that could make her anything more or less than “pretty”.    

I’m not sure what subconsciously scares people more – the idea of a female voluntarily getting hit so hard in the face that it “interferes” with her physical beauty, or the fact that she prioritizes her success over her looks. 

3. “You’re too delicate to fight.”

It’s funny you say that – I know I’m a small little lady with big, round eyes who wears shimmery highlighter and still manages to get carded at 18+ venues, but that doesn’t make me delicate. 

 

WWE

Alexa Bliss is a professional wrestler currently signed with the WWE. She stands at 5’1 and weighs 101 pounds. In this photo, she flaunts her well-deserved championship belt.

It makes me short.  “Tall” and “tough” are not synonyms (the thesaurus will back me up). 

I take hits pretty well, and I’m more than happy to throw them back and wear my battle-wounds proudly.  Contrary to popular belief, superior height, testosterone, and a deep voice are not the only traits that can qualify you to be a fighter.

I would also like to take this opportunity to mention that if I was a male of the same size, no one would be telling me I’m “too delicate to fight”.  Everyone would be telling me that I need to “toughen up”, “man up”, etc… and I’d just be expected to be down with that, whether I wanted to be rough and tough or not.  

4. “You’re never going to find a husband if you keep this up.”

Oh, thank God!  If I’d known it was that easy, I would’ve strapped on the boxing gloves months before my parents even enrolled me in kindergarten.

Jk, jk.amaranthine

But for real, if we’re considering this from a purely heterosexual stance, plenty of male and female fighters get married, and they encourage each other to become stronger, faster, and better every single day. 

There’s also plenty of non-fighter blokes who wouldn’t be even remotely bothered by “a woman who’s tougher than him” (yeah, I hear that a lot too) – lots of men tend to think female fighters are pretty rad (yes, in the wifey way too).

Meanwhile, being a she-fighter generally scores you coolness points in the queer-female/femme community, so the gayish, gay, gayer, and gayest female fighters among us are also good to go on the “finding a lady” front.

Either way, anyone who can’t hang with a tough woman doesn’t deserve one anyways (#masculineenergy).  It’s honestly no sweat off our backs. 

5. “It’s really good that you’re taking some self-defense classes.”

…..

…….

Yeah, no.

Just because fighting teaches me how to defend myself doesn’t mean that I’m taking “self-defense” classes for “self-defense” purposes.  I’m taking fighting classes – I’m learning how to be a fighter, not a defender.  We mainly learn defense so that we don’t get wrecked while trying to smash up our opponents.

It’s amazing, isn’t it?  When men take fighting classes, or even self-defense ones, everyone always assumes they’re going full-on Rocky Balboa.  Meanwhile, anytime a woman bothers with fighting, it has to be because she’s “helpless” in a scenario where some dude tries to take her purse.   

You see, fighting for the sake of fighting, because you’re strong, aggressive, and like to beat up other people, isn’t “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate”. 

UFC

Cris Cyborg, a professional female UFC fighter, proudly shows off how tough she is.

That’s why the term “self-defense” doesn’t even cross people’s minds when a guy takes up fighting – because men are expected to be the opposite of “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate”. 

Women, on the other hand, can only want to do something that’s not “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate” for the sake of defending all that is “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate” about them… because if we’re anything more or less than those things, how dare we take up space in this world?

Yeah, I know… don’t worry, it’s not just you.  I, too, cannot even

6. “I’m glad you’ve found such a fun weight-loss program!”

If a woman isn’t fighting to learn self-defense, then the only other reason she could be bothering with it is so that she can lose weight since, for us, becoming and staying thin is supposed to be all that really matters. 

Nothing says squeezing into that “yellow polka-dot bikini” like getting punched in the face, right? 

7. “Oh well, you’re a girl. There’s no way your fighting can be serious or dangerous anyways.  It’s not like you can beat up a man.”

Amaranthine

Amaranthine

Amaranthine

GAME ON.


Header image (Ronda Rousey): Retrieved from the New York Post

Image of Paige VanZant v. Bec Rawlings: Retrieved from UFC

Image of Paige VanZant: Retrieved from Maxim

Image of Cris Cyborg: Retrieved from the Bleacher Report

Advertisements

1 reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s