The unlucky subject of todays rest day rant.
Today's topic is, in short: fuck you, Curves.
I go to the local high school for my track workouts.. Unfortunately, school has started, and that means that on occasion, I will bear witness to the depressing spectacle that is high school physical education. This past Tuesday was such an occasion.
Man, it was bad.
No one was wearing athletic gear. The kids clearly didn't want to be there. The teacher obviously didn't know what she was doing.
But the inspiration for todays topic didn't come until attendance had been taken and the "exercise" started. The teacher told the boys to run a lap. She waited about a minute, and then told the girls they could start walking.
What the fuck?
This pissed me the fuck off. We live in a society that supposedly stresses gender equality, yet we hold females to a lower standard. What message are we sending?
I want someone to explain to me how segregation is equality. I'm pretty sure Brown v. Board of Education took care of that notion. How are we empowering women by telling them they need their own place to work out? What are we telling our girls when we say they can't play with the boys?
At CrossFit Monterey, the girls play with the boys. They lift heavy shit off the ground, they do handstand pushups, and they tear their hands open on the pullup bar. They aren't expected to lift the same weight as the guys, but they're sure as hell expected to work every bit as hard. They don't worry what people think of them mid-workout, because they're too worried about getting the damned workout done.
They sure as hell don't walk.