So I’ve got a little bit of rant today that I need to get out.
Back in July, I had a brief mention in an article about Fit Moms in the Wall Street Journal. Click HERE is you want to read the full story.
I thought the article was great and was honored to be a small part of it. The big problem I had with the story was the way Drea (the main focus of the article) was portrayed. It made her sound as if all she did was workout all day. When in fact, the only actual workout for HER was an early morning run before her kids woke up. The other workouts were part of her personal training and Pilates business with clients. The commenters had a field day. The majority of the comments were negative. Very negative. Most were chastising a woman for exercising and making it a priority to fit it in whenever she could.
Last week, Drea sent me a comment that the WSJ had just run a story similar to the one we were involved with except it focused on a man. Click HERE for the full story. He’s a business man with a wife and two kids who also trains for numerous triathalons and a marathon each year. His whole life revolves around training. Not surprisingly, the comments were all positive with an ‘Thatta boy!’ attitude. No mention of, “Who’s taking care of the kids while he’s out training?” or “Must be nice to have a housekeeper/nanny!”
I can’t say I’m entirely shocked. While, yes, I think this man does deserve a “Thatta boy!” for training and competing. That’s no small feat. The problem I have is that even though it’s 2012 on the calendar, we are still living in a world where boys rule the roost. However, I don’t think we can put all the blame on the male gender. The crazy thing that’s holding us back is our own gender. It’s women versus women. Men have very little to do with it. A large percentage of the negative comments on the first article came from women. We are the harshest judges and are ready to tear anyone apart. We have so much power. Imagine what we could do if we supported each other? It’s mind blowing. Think of that the next time a negative thought or word is about to come out of your mouth about a woman. I know I will.