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Muscle Worship - Female Bodybuilding
A rerun on This Hollywood Story ran on a 2009 episode about female bodybuilders. In viewing this episode I found myself unable to turn the station as they showed one bulked up bodybuilder of the female persuasion one after the next. Their bulging features hypnotized me as I forgot all about this sport that has endured the test of time for so many years now. As I continued to watch I was reminded of how manly in appearance and vocally that these well-defined women sometimes were. Going further into the show they went into the tribulations that women bodybuilders had to go through for wanting to be involved in such an iron-pumping hobby/career. They also went on about how the abuse of steroids was an issue back in the 80's and 90's and how women received a lot of flack for it just as male bodybuilders did. A harsh fact that I was shocked to learn was also discussed about how male bodybuilders can make between $400-500,000 a year when female bodybuilders only make up to $20,000 a year. Just another male-run profession, I guess. But toward the end of the episode is where it seemed to take on a subject that became somewhat uncomfortable for me to watch. It was on the topic of muscle worshipping that takes place in the bodybuilding world. This is where there are actual followers out there that follow and obsess over these muscle bound females as well as men. They want to touch and feel them. Muscle groupies, if you will. Lots of times in exchange for money female bodybuilders will put on a personal show for their fans in order to help somewhat supplement their income.
Later, there was a female bodybuilder of about 50-60 years old named Lauren Powers but called herself the "real muscle goddess". Her fee for entertaining averages about $300-$500 an hour. She had one fan actually fly all the way from New Zealand in order to spend a little time with her and her bulging biceps. He even stated into the camera that he knew some people probably thought it to be a bit extreme for him to make such a long journey in order make his fantasy of spending time with her come true. Ya think? As the bodybuilder opened the door to her long time follower, you couldn't have wiped the grin off of his face for nothing. After letting him in, she gave him a tour of her home and soon began getting down to "business." And by business I mean that she went into her closet and came out with two of her body building costumes for her New Zealand follower to choose from. If I'm not mistaken, he pointed out a skimpy red number for all the magic to happen in. She obliged him with his choice and appeared moments later fully flexed and ready for posing. The goddess began with a variety of poses and before I knew it the cameraman displayed the two of them wrestling on her bed. As she locked him in several positions on the bed the New Zealander endured every unescapable move that he eventually had to tap out of. And though it seemed over the top and almost uncomfortable to watch, it was exactly what he had hoped for if not expected from her. I could not get over what I saw and decided to take a step deeper into this phenomenon. It appears that this is a social behavior as to where a follower or "worshiper" has a sexual desire to touch the muscle of the bodybuilder which can include a number of ways. To name a few, licking, kissing, rubbing and even wrestling moves become a sexual charge up for the worshiper. Apparently there is even a name for the men that want to wrestle women bodybuilders. Schmoe. You heard right. Schmoe. A schmoe is defined as a man who pays money to wrestle with a woman who is often more muscular and stronger than he is, for sexual gratification, although no overt sexual activity is performed. Who knew?! Which after finding out this information, it really disturbed me even further as I couldn't help but to envision the wrestling holds she placed upon him. Thoughts of him getting his kicks from this were too much for words and as well as my stomach.
I don't have any judgements upon those that choose this as a hobby or career. Everyone is entitled to do what they want to do if it builds their confidence and makes them feel good about themselves. I was just surprised to learn of the obsessions that can be held for women that have chosen to become bodybuilders. I'm not actually sure why it surprised me, I have been shocked by less these days. But it is indeed interesting the things that people find themselves fantasizing over.