Double Standard

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BAZOOKABOBCAT recently had a great blog post about the double standard in strength training between men and women. That men who are perceived to be weak get referred to as "ladies" and when women are strong, there are frequent remarks of "strong for a girl" and the like.

It reminded me of a poster I saw recently in a grocery store. I had taken a picture and posted to my facebook, I was so peeved by it! Now, I don't strength train currently for the purpose of power training, but I'm a very "strong chick". I use proper form and technique, and I'm confident in my skills in the weight room.

Here's the pic:

Alrighty, I get it. It's promoting safe work practices, and likely doing so based on strict occupational health and safety guidelines put forth by agencies, governments, etc. Yadda, yadda, yadda... "Grace, what's the big deal?"

a) Wow, double standard! Look at the difference in what is a "mandatory" 2 person lift amount between male staff and female staff. Sorry, I'm more than capable of lifting much more than 33lbs by myself. Additionally, what's to say that a man is comfortable lifting 50lbs by himself? Would asking a partner to help him lift a 35lb box make him look like a "woman" in the eyes of his coworkers?

b) Do you *see* the caricature of the people going to lift the box. *headdesk* I lift and strength train with functional movement in mind, I don't know about y'all. In what universe, is a lean with a twist, with weight-bearing split between the feet 80%/20% the proper way to lift a heavy load?!

If I felt like it would make any difference, I would write to the person in charge of occupational health and safety. Ya know, and/or beat him or her over the head with this poster!

Rant over. Night night!
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    definately a double standard, and I agree, that's not right & annoying!
    1871 days ago
    That actually annoys the bajesus out of me.
    1872 days ago
    This is a funny post -- and I know you don't mean it to be, but it is funny in that there is such a discrepancy between weight limits AND the goofy picture. Plus, 33 pounds -- really? I carry those 45-lb weights around the gym machines all the time without batting an eye!

    1872 days ago
    Definitely a double standard and hey, I think you might have a new line of work in terms of proper form, work place safety, poster design....the options are endless!
    1872 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Wow, that sign was an eye-opener. The double standard is beyond reason but the picture of the two gentlemen lifting the box...this should be the picture of how not to lift a box!
    1872 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    That is quite a double standard! You are right, it probably wouldn't help to actually complain about it becuase they either will ignore it or it would take so many steps in a process to actually get it changed, they would probably ignore it. Bad form all around! (pun intended)
    1872 days ago
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