For the Men: You Don’t Have to Look Strong to Be Strong

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
Sebastian Columbo's Superman

Sebastian Columbo's Superman

Greetings TVP Fam!

As I was surfing the digital universe I came across this video discussing male body image and wanted to share it. In the piece, University of Florida Exercise Researcher Heather Hausenblas mentions how the body image of the fictional character Superman has changed over time:

“When you take a look at the Superman now versus the Superman 20 years ago, I mean he’s hyper muscular now and you know action figures have hyper muscular even children’s costumes, you take a look at Superman or Spiderman they’ve got the built-in muscles so I think it’s here to stay. It’s what we see, and what kids see, what adults see, and that’s what they think, ‘okay this is what I need to achieve’.”

1930s Superman

1930's Superman - Big contrast from the "Muscle Head" image today

Indeed, if you look at the Superman of the 1930’s you will notice that he wasn’t very muscular. In contrast, the current Superman in comics is, as Hausenblas described, almost unrealistically muscular; just one of many distorted images that we, as men, find ourselves attempting to live up to daily.

True strength has little to do with how much external muscle you have and more to do with your internal ability to handle any giving situation in a calm and mature way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to have a strong body but that doesn’t mean you need to go all out to be this super muscular behemoth. The images the media feeds us daily are of the exception, not the rule. It makes about as much sense to expect to achieve a Superman physique as it does for a woman to want to have a body like Barbie.

Listen guys, the long and short of it is this: You can be strong without having to kill yourself in the gym or by taking harmful drugs. I’m willing to bet that while physical strength may be appealing to women, having a guy who is confident and mentally strong is  just as sexy (if not more so!).

What do you think? Is getting ripped overrated or do you think this obsession with men and muscle is OK? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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