Ronda Rousey, a modern Wonder Woman deflects naysayers and haters like bullets off her silver bracelets, or in this case, gloves.
After comments about her body being masculine, her response was a positive influence to women and female athletes. As a female wrestler I could relate to Rousey and the comments she received about her body.
In a recent interview with New York Times, Rousey stated, “We seem to be in this conflicting era for women, where women are doing so amazing and taking over the athletic world, but we’re also in a time where, ” she paused. “How can I really put it? That women without any skills, that freeload, are being glorified.”
Her term “D.N.B.” sprouted from a viral video of the bantamweight titleholder’s pre-fight video. “That’s something I was raised not to be.
That you are supposed to contribute to the world, not consume from it,” Rousey recalls of her mother’s teaching. “A woman who just tries to be pretty and taken care of by someone else is a D.N.B or ‘Do Nothing Bitch’.”
People have taken offense to this, citing Rousey as putting down women with the use of the thousand year old insult comparing women to female dogs.
I defend Rousey. She is using the language of the people she is addressing.
Those who have no problem saying what they like about any woman’s body. Too fat, too skinny, too muscular and too manly. We should not put Rousey on a feminist pedestal. She is flawed, as is everyone else. Rousey is a strong woman with a opinion of her own.
She did not ask nor declare herself to be a feminist superhero.
She is unapologetic about her body and in her own words finds it, “femininely badass as f*** because not one muscle on her body lacks a purpose.”
I say let’s not allow body-positivity turn into negativity about other people.
Rousey is charging ahead trying to make a name for her and that is her business. What other women choose to do or not, is their own business.
Rousey invites women to also charge ahead and have that desire to accomplish something in their lives. That is something we can all stand by.