19-year-old female body builder Georgina McConnell has accomplished a lot in her young life. Through diligence, discipline, and hard work, she’s excelled at a traditionally “masculine” sport, placing in competitions and winning a sponsorship from Anabolic Designs. But because the world is crappy, she’s had to deal with a lot of bodysnarking internet comments, to the point where she felt the need to defend herself on Facebook recently.
In a post addressing her haters, she writes:
Seeing an awful lot of horrible sly shit wrote about me on the Internet lately and am not just gonna sit back and pretend like a haven’t seen any of it, a don’t care I you don’t like what I look like that is fine! That’s up to you but I personally don’t know where people get off being really really harsh about the way someone looks I could and wouldn’t dream of saying half of the stuff that gets said about me I have done nothing wrong at all, I’m just being me and I believe in the 100%, I’m only 19 a hell of a lot of people my age would be depressed and forced to change themselves or even feel usesless off the comments I’ve read but to be honest it’s a good job I’m happy with who i am, I know what I’m doing and I’m doing it for me, I don’t see muscle as anything masculine at all, I’ve had a great upbringing no issues with anything like that, also a lot of stuff bout how I’m taking copious amounts of this and that, no not at all I changed all my training and stuff last year saw a lot of changes if anyone says anything true ill openly admit to anything but no these statements are all false, people obviously gettin alittle angry as they’re doing all this crazy stuff and no seeing results like me aw sorry about that …. Why not try some hard work for a change and eating right I dedicate my entre day to bodybuilding I never miss a meal I never miss a work out or cardio so get that straight. Oh and as for my hair this is bodybuilding not hairdressing you sad little men. My hair my life allllll up to me you’s can all have a back seat and bitch about it on the Internet though
What kind of “horrible sly shit” is she referring to? Here are some comments I found on the very first Youtube video of her that I clicked on:
I can’t say I’m surprised, but I will still never get used to the fact that there are human beings out there who think it’s okay to say hurtful things about a young girl’s body like she’s not even a person. I’d like to see any of these people say this stuff to this jacked young woman’s face. Not to mention, they are laughable idiots if they think a woman with muscles is “gross” or unfeminine. As McConnell points out, there is nothing inherently masculine about building muscle mass, as it’s a discipline that can be practiced by women and men alike, although their bodies are going to do it in slightly different ways. And the implication that McConnell must be on steroids just shows how little they know about the sport.
Luckily, this girl has a good head on her strong, muscular shoulders, and has been doing her part to dispel the stereotypes and misconceptions that still haunt female bodybuilders and athletes in general. “I knew it was an unusual thing for a girl my age to want to do – most girls want to be thin and dainty – but I really love it,” she tells The Daily Mail. That’s the spirit, Georgina McConnell! You keep on doing your very impressive thing.
Photo: Georgina McConnell