Where have all the tough girls gone?

by adrianne on September 6th, 2011

Gina Carano in Haywire

MMA Fighter Ginna Carano plays tough girl in Haywire

An article at nymag.com brings up an excellent question. Why do men train and bulk up to play an action hero and women prepare by starving themselves? I know women seem to be terrified of getting ‘bulky’ through weight training, but these are actors playing tough characters. I just don’t believe your 90lb frame can take a punch from a husky 13 year old boy let alone that drug kingpin’s monstrous 7ft bodyguard. It’s like when they put glasses on a male model and then tell me he’s a nerd. I’m just not buying it.

I don’t get what they are so afraid of either. Women just don’t get that big. The bodybuilding freaks you see are on hormones and supplement cocktails to get them to that size. See that bit of loveliness in the photo? That’s Gina Carano, MMA fighter and star of the new Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire. She can kick your ass six ways to Sunday and you’ll thank her for the pleasure. No problem maintaining both strength and femininity there.

I’ve always thought the sexiest of the tough girls had a little mass on them. It adds legitimacy to their characters. I doubt people would have loved Starbuck, Xena, or even the steadfast Dana Scully if they had been dolled up waifs pretending to be tough by clenching their jaws and acting pouty [cough..cough..I'm looking at you tough chick cop on Dexter or Castle or probably any of the CSI shows]. When Hollywood tries to turn tough women into generic beauty magazine ideals of sexuality everyone loses.

Come on ladies, reclaim your muscles and lets get some female heroes I can believe in.

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