A Dude’s Musings On Mother’s DayPosted: May 12, 2013 Filed under: Random Workout | Tags: blogging, exercise, fitness, free range, gluten free, happiness, health, hipster, intensity, kettlebell, life, love, lululemon, marathon, meditation, mothers day, motivation, musings, natural, paleo, passion, perspective, pilates, running, simplicity, walking, whole foods, WOD, yoga 10 Comments
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy-
I wanted Mother’s Day to be different this year. I wanted to continue my climb upward on the Mother’s Day Classiness Gift Giving Scale. Last year was pretty pathetic, a cheap card from Target and a box of Govida Truffle’s. This year? I wandered into our local Lululemon bodega (our Lulu store is right next to a wine shop = Awesome!). What could possibly go wrong?
For us dudes, a few steps into a Lululemon store is a highly visual, sensual and erotic experience! We are greeted by provocatively attired mannequins, I mean staff … and, further back in the store, just beyond the camel toe concealing yoga pants, women are exiting fitting rooms attired in raiment that often do not seem to fit—literally, and with no pun intended, figuratively.
This sight started my mind wandering on this sultry weekend afternoon, with my lovely wife’s purse in one hand and a strawberry banana smoothie in the other: How damaging can a woman’s relationship with her body be? Damaging enough to result in pain of both a psychological and physical nature?
Throughout their lives, women of all ages must deal with idealized, societal norms and how they “measure up” in life. There are different stereotypes spanning the entire spectrum of a woman’s shape: A girl or woman with large breasts, thick hips may have to contend with unsavory assumptions about her sexuality. From a different angle, this same girl or woman may feel inadequate should she have smaller breasts and no hips. Both are patently absurd.
It is therefore not surprising to see women this afternoon squeezing into garments that don’t quite seem to fit, as they struggle daily with how they confront societal myths, that don’t quite fit.
So, I thought: “Maybe I won’t buy anything in this store? Maybe a bottle of dark chocolate wine from next door would be the better option?”
Happy Mother’s Day!
*Back by popular demand – The most viewed pic in the history of CultFit*
I love the photo. I laughed. I kept smiling. I pinned it (with acknowledgement from your blog). It is sooo friggin’ true! Your next goal for photo would be at the flower shop, including the highway prices!
It is sad though, isn’t it? How we, and not just women, but yes, more so on females, that we seem to identify ourselves with ‘mannequins’ or the waifs on magazines.
*shares Top Secret with Lucius: This yogini is on regular therapy for this. It has gotten better in the last year… but the scale still sits haunting me in the bathroom. Almost all my life revolved around this notion and habits are hard to let go even when they are bad. I keep the same size when I go to Lulu… but I still keep telling myself that when a time comes and I go a size higher, I’d hang my head in shame.
Sad, huh? But it’s a journey… as with everything else. Namaste. Happy Mother’s Day to your wife! =)
It is sad and try as we might, its nearly impossible to avoid though. Not sad, just a journey. 🙂
Hilarious post – love it!
I hope you were spoiled beyond belief yesterday! Take care today and have a great week. 🙂
Haha. I don’t fit anything from Lululemon. I’m waaaaay too big and muscular for their stuff.
Do I care? Nup. I’m a muscle girl, lean and strong, I love my body, and screw their stereotypes!
Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂
My thoughts exactly! Be inspired this morning and please take care. 🙂
do you know, i don’t think anyone actually fits into any of these social myths. even those you might see walking down the street and you think ‘boy, she fits the look’ is probably thinking that there is something she would like to change to ‘get that look’. it’s a no win situation and one best not getting involved in. much healthier to relax, love, live, and look after your mental and physical health… love that picture 🙂
” … much healthier to relax, love, live, and look after your mental and physical health.” I totally wish more peeps would share these thoughts with you.
Too funny! Would def take the wine bottle over pants. Hope you enjoyed Mother’s Day!
That’s what we ended up doing. 🙂 Wine, chocolate, good company … Perfect!