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Monday, November 25, 2013

Bev Francis-The Price and Prize of Carrying Female Differently

This is going to be the first in a series of future weekly posts highlighting women who carry female differently than has/is been outlined for us by the Male Gaze. I'm beginning this series with Bev Francis whom many butch/tomboy girls and young women looked up to and empowered to weight lift and build muscle despite its unpopularity for females to do so.

Bev Francis was a top power lifter and shot putter, her natural muscularity and the muscularity she developed for her sports later lent themselves to her efforts in female body building.

This is a picture of Bev when she was competing, Bev is the woman on the left. This picture also highlights the major and perpetual criticism Bev received from (usually) male judges during competitions. That criticism being Bev's muscularity was not feminine, i.e. fuckable. Regardless of Bev's muscle mass and her symmetry, because she didnt carry female in a way that was considered fuckable to the judges, Bev lost competition after competition. For a short time Bev did try to appease male judges by modifying some aspects of herself, but her brand of female stood out over minor changes and winning continued to elude her. The judges were clearly looking to female body builders like that of the gal on the right and others like her, many of which bought breast implants in hopes of maintaining a more "feminine" body that would please the eye and cocks of male judges, male body building teammates and male dominated society at large.

In the last 20 plus years, female bodybuilding suffered dramatically from the backlash against feminism. Female bodybuilding was changed to that of female fitness competitions that emphasized large breast toned make uped faced women who look more like they stepped out of a porno than a gym.

I am glad to see in a recent picture that Bev continues carrying female in HER special unique way and is still very much an icon for females of all ages!

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22 comments:

  1. That is ugly yuk

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  2. Bev Francis was the first woman to bench press over 300 pounds. In 1982 she won the Australian national shot put championships.

    @November 26, 2013 at 1:42

    No, it's not ugly. There is nothing wrong with a healthy strong woman. I wonder if she ever did steroids?

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  3. Of couse she did that is unatural

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  4. I'm opposed to steroid use in athletes. I know a lot of them do it, but it's wrong.

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  5. Hope you are healing up good Dirt. Happy Thanksgiving! XOXXXXXXX

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  6. The woman on the left used steroids, the woman on the right, I'm pretty sure did not. And that is why she still has a "female" body.

    I'm opposed to women trying to erase "female". Ever, for any reason.

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  7. Obviously that Bev Francis was on steroids. So why is it OK for female bodybuilders to take T but not FTMs?

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  8. I wish it was possible for females to be able to get as muscular as Bev without steroirds. One of the many reasons why I hate being born female is by how LIMITED I feel in my body. Fuck weakness, I want to be strong by any method necessary!

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  9. Obviously that Bev Francis was on steroids. So why is it OK for female bodybuilders to take T but not FTMs?

    NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT STEROIDS. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST THE USE OF STEROIDS. DID ANYONE ON THIS BLOG SAY THAT STEROID USE WAS A GOOD THING?

    The former governor of California, Schwarzenegger, did steroids, Barry Bonds did steroids, a lot of professional athletes have used steroids. There are too many examples of steroid use in athletes to list here.

    I don't know if Bev Francis was on steroids. I'm in the process of researching it. From what I've read, it was her husband who was into the steroids.

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  10. Bev was muscular before steroid use during her body building days, and she while pushing 60, decades steroid free is still muscular. But her muscles were never the issue as the post states, it was how she as a woman carried those muscles.

    dirt

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  11. If anyone is interested in a separate post on the dangers of steroid/testosterone use in sports/life, let me know.

    dirt

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  12. And to the gal who said female is weak without steroids or T, I've never done either and in my 20-30s benched regularly 250lbs for a max out. I still bench (previous to surgery) 195lbs with just minor weekly chest workouts.

    That males are so HUGELY stronger than women is pure myth that females sadly buy into. Pound per pound women and men are on par with each other in lower body strength, and pound per pound males are minimally stronger than women upper body IF said female does not exercise her upper body.

    dirt

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  13. Bev Francis is being investigated for steroid dealing through her business.

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  14. Yes Bev Francis was using steroids at the height of her career. It was common place back then for bodybuilders both female and male to use steroids as enhancements especially before competitions, even Schwarzenegger used steroids. A muscular body *tweeked* by steroids was acceptable; a body MADE by steroids was frowned upon.
    Yes Bev Francis and her husband are being investigated for steroid dealing.

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  15. I love this post, and I can't wait to read more of them from this 'series'.

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  16. @Dirt,

    I lift some free weights just to keep toned. I like to alternate between aerobics and weights. For optimum health, it's probably best to combine aerobics with some weights.

    Glad to see you as feisty as ever...



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  17. this is fantastic, dirt. think you for starting this installment.

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  18. Hi Dirt,
    I'm glad to see that you are feeling better.

    The woman on the right sure looks like Rachel MacLish to me, who was a controversial Ms. Olympia winner due to being less 'muscular' than the others. She is a true legend though, as well as Bev Francis. MacLish was a natural, non-juiced bodybuilder but I have my doubts about Bev Francis. Bev had a highly defined six-pack which is nearly impossible for a non-juiced woman. Even MacLish, who had very low bodyfat in that photo could not approach having a six-pack. And that's because having a six-pack for a woman is akin to having a penis--it is completely foreign, unless she juices.

    What women get when they lift heavy and are easy muscle gainers are big muscles with a layer of fat over the muscle. That is why power lifter never have six-packs, as well as natural female bodybuilders.

    Do I

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  19. Hate to burst your bubble but anyone can have six pack abs...it requires dedication, a very clean diet and a lot of focus. Has nothing to do with steroids whatsoever. Bev's aim in Pumping Iron II was to come in to the show bigger and more muscular than anyone had ever seen up to that point. It was the purpose of the movie, really, to show a stark contrast between Rachel McLish and someone with big musculature. Bev did that, in spades. Criticism about steroids is moot. Like them or not like them, do a little real research, ladies, before making any kind of judgment. Bev Francis was, and is, a force to be reckoned with. A wonderful woman, she continues to provide an upbeat and positive attitude for those of us who LIKE muscle, regardless of what the masses think of it.

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  20. To make a statement, that anyone can have a six pack is false.. Yes eating clean and training is a big part of it, but genetics is an even bigger part of t.. I am 43 and have 2 kids.. Women, ask me all the time how they can get a six pack.. First thing I ask them is, do you have kids? Did u have a c section?? Once that muscle is cut into, it is permanently damaged .. Since you are on this website,, I am assuming you are. A fitness guru.. With that being said, there are 3 body types.. Ectomorph: Kate Moss, endomorph: Mike Tyson and mesomorph: Lennox Lewis.. Depending on their genetics, depends on their ability to develop in certain areas, naturally.. If they choose to use steroids and other illegal substances, to attain that look,, the moment they go off, they go right back to what they used to be, if not worse.. Stay healthy!

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  21. Very interesting. I think that it is not just females affected by constrictions around femininity. It affects us guys too in the sense that for a man to admit that he finds enormous muscles sexy is a social risk. I would certainly never do so among my peers and even doing so online carries a health warning. There is a hugely layered structure among those of us who admire female muscle.Many fall into the category of what I call 'the acceptable level of musculature' brigade. These are people who claim to be attracted to muscular women but have very strict guidelines on how muscular women are allowed to be. On a website supposedly for advocates of female muscle, I commented that the huge Tessa Boyea was far sexier to me than her pretty but much less muscular girlfriend. For doing so, I was immediately told that I must be a closet gay. As a matter of fact I find muscles sexy on men too, but that is not the point, the point is, for me, Tessa as a woman was extremely sexy because of the size of her muscles. I was attracted to her muscles, not the perception that her look made her 'masculine'. This type of bullying is from those who claim to be into muscular women, so you can only imagine what we face from the rest of society? Bev is another example. For me, she is sexier than Rachel McLish all day long, but many others, including so called female muscle fans would be horrified at me for suggesting that.

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