Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women.

I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded.

AmaranthineBut today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my legs in the shower just now, a thought that made me run straight to my laptop to write this blog entry.

Why is it even a societal norm for women to be hairless [aside from their mane, eyebrows, and eyelashes, I mean]?  Where did that idea even come from in the first place?

Men and women both have natural body hair, so how did it become such that females are “supposed” to make themselves appear hairless at all given times while men get to keep their body hair all-natural?

Well, while dealing with the annoyance that is running a razor blade over my knees about fifteen minutes ago, I came up with a literal “shower thought” theory:

(more…)

As some of you already know, I love fighting – [kick]boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, MMA, etc.  Better yet, I’m finally getting the chance to make it an integral part of my life by actually learning and practicing it.  Training for a real fight is nothing short of a dream for me – I’m blessed and thrilled, and I damn well know it. 

But no, I’m not writing this post to bore you all to death with my fitness- and fighting-induced bliss, so y’all are still going to be needing your pre-recorded dolphin sounds to fall asleep tonight.

I actually want to share what it’s like to be a female fighter in this ridiculous world.  To explain this, first I have to tell you what it means to be a female in general around here. 

AmaranthineIt means that we’re expected to be pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate… nothing more, and nothing less.  Furthermore, it means that we’re supposed to live our lives and make all of our decisions around – yep, you guessed it – being pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate. 

It should come as no surprise that I get my share of ignorant, unsolicited commentary regarding my decision to train up and, one day, fight.  And it’s crazy [except not really] because when I compare notes with other lady fighters, we find that we’re all on the receiving end of identical, misogynistic statements regarding our fighting.

Being “a female fighter in this ridiculous world” means that it’s not easy to be taken seriously, and that you’re constantly defying and threatening what society has decided it means to be a woman.  

But society sucks anyways, so I’ve gone ahead and composed a “pretty, cute, sweet, and delicate” little list of the most common verbal sewage female fighters get the great pleasure of hearing all too often.

Get ready to roll your eyes… seven times over.

(more…)

We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States.

If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc.

However, one name stands out: Dita Von Teese.

amaranthine

For starters, some of you may be wondering who Dita Von Teese is and what she actually does.  Don’t worry – we’ll get to that.

However, since Google has gone ahead and thrown the present-day star, Dita Von Teese, in with all of the old school, original pin-up girls, we have to delve a bit deeper.  Dita’s appearance on this list raises questions.

What is a pin-up girl?  Can full-on pin-up girls be alternative, or are they limited to glamour?  Is Dita Von Teese a pin-up girl if she models and performs in the present-day with an alternative edge?  What is a SuicideGirl?  Is Dita Von Teese actually a SuicideGirl? And, most importantly, what’s the difference between a pin-up girl and a SuicideGirl?

Let’s get these questions answered.

(more…)