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I've noticed recently that men keep lauding women who can "eat a ton" and "keep up" with them, and yet they hate fat women? They don't seem to realize that when skinny women eat portions similar to theirs, we have to make up the calories somehow. You can't eat 2,000 calories a day and maintain an "ideal" body type unless you're doing some very serious lifting, and let's be honest, women aren't really supposed to do heavy lifting except for lower body/booty workouts.

Like sure, a woman with broad, muscular shoulders and arms might be able to eat a lot more, but then men on Reddit will say, "wow that's impressive, but personally, that's too much muscle for me. I like toned women, not muscular women." And they seem to think that this is generous of them, look how reasonable they are! They're giving women permission to stop lifting weights before it gets too heavy and difficult. But striking that perfect balance? Do these men realize how difficult that is?

And back to my original point -- women who don't lift that heavy really can't eat like that on a regular basis. So what do we do? So many girls literally do not eat if they know they're going to be having dinner with their boyfriends later. Or, they have to seriously adjust how much they eat the rest of the week, and it's a dramatic change.

But if you tell them this, they'll say something like "oh, that's just you. That's not most women. My girlfriend has healthy eating habits and she can still smash a giant burger." They are so naïve, oh my god. I was the social chair of my sorority in college (yeah, this was problematic for other reasons but that's a different post), and you would not believe the lengths the girls had to go to in order to stay perfect for men. All of them. And I had tons of friends in other sororities who would talk about the same problems. I feel like more than half the girls I knew had eating disorders, but didn't have the vocabulary to talk about them because that behavior was so normalized. Women can appreciate the lengths men go to for their muscles, but men seem to refuse to acknowledge how difficult it is to stay the perfect kind of fit. Or maybe they do realize it, but they don't want it to be true; they're obsessed with the idea of "effortless" beauty. And honestly, this is more of an issue with Reddit men; it's less of an issue with "gym bros," although I'm sure there are problems in that community too.

I stopped crafting my body for men after my feminist awakening, and then I realized I'm a lesbian so it was even more freeing. I love how muscular I've allowed myself to be now. Although I'm going to be honest, I still do conform to some beauty standards regarding thinness because I can't shake that, like I don't know if I could ever let myself be at the upper end of a healthy weight. Still. My heart goes out to straight women whose boyfriends behave like this, who have to jump through so many hoops to look beautiful but seem like they aren't trying.

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Until recently I hadn’t known of the antiporn movement among certain feminists, and quite frankly, I find it both hilarious and disturbing. It’s funny to me that a community one would expect to be safeguarded against far right ideology would foster such a misogynistic ideal. I also find this terrifying. The reason I consider the anti porn movment to be misogynistic is that it strips women of there agency and reduces them to nothing but fragile dolls which exist only to be victimized. Of course I’m not saying there are no victims in the world of pornography, however, the vast majority of women in this industry choose to be a part of it. Banning pornography is the equivalent of telling a woman that she does not have the right to profit from her own body.

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I'm curious to see how many other women here have experienced sexism in the doctor's office, because I think it's a way bigger issue then even the radical feminist community discuses due to the social taboo around calling out medical professionals. So share your experiences and let's discuss.

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