Woman Dubbed 'Cutest Weightlifter' Says Title Is Sexist
Who you callin' "cute"?
"Behind the pairing of those words, 'cutest' and 'weightlifter,' lies an implicit irony, an irony intended to juxtapose mental images that render the qualities of daintiness beside that of brutishness," Wright wrote. "Contrary to that implication, the qualities, beauty and strength, are not antithetic. They are harmonious."
Andrea Tantaros said on "Outnumbered" that Wright is very well-spoken, but said she personally wouldn't have a problem with being called "cute."
Charles Payne agreed with Tantaros that the "cutest weightlifter" title isn't sexist, it's a compliment.
"She's cute, she's sexy and I think what she does is amazing and empowering. Why is she offended by that?" Payne asked.
Melissa Francis, on the other hand, agreed with Wright that it seems like there's something pejorative about the label and it's an attempt to undercut her strength.
"I think she's trying to say she's fabulous, she's filled with strength, she's powerful," Francis said.
Watch more of the "Outnumbered" discussion above and share your thoughts on the "cutest weightlifter" title in the comments.
"Four years ago, I not only entered the national weightlifting scene, I also crossed the threshold into the land of the internet. GIFs and memes captured my most unflattering movements, Tumblr artists offered their best renditions of me. Buzzfeed compared me to a certain Caucasian rapper, and Pop Hangover declared me the “Cutest Weightlifter.” In this article I wrote for Ravishly.com I entered the conversation about the battles women face as athletes. Check it out and see why "cutest weightlifter" is not necessarily a compliment. ravishly.com/2015/04/08/samantha-wright-dont-call-me-cutest-weightlifter #pixiestrength #performanceone #alpha1training #samanthawright #weightlifter #ravishly
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