I'm all for women embracing their singular sexuality and sensuality. What could be a more feminist philosophy than accepting and revering that which makes us female? We should be proud of our bodies and unafraid of displaying our confidence.
But, when does that confidence shift to a need for attention? I applaud women confidant enough in their appearance to wear figure enhancing outfits.... and find absolutely nothing wrong with showcasing the beauty of the female form (there are so many amazing shapes and sizes out there).
For the past week and a half I've been working out at various gyms on a military instillation. Army bases often post dress code guidelines of appropriate gym apparel. For example, sports bras may not be worn alone and shorts must provide adequate coverage. Regardless of location, on a military base or in the civilian world, most women I have observed generally dress in the range of modest to tastefully sexy when working out in mixed company. It fills me with pride to see women of all ages, shapes and sizes looking strong, feminine, sexy, confidant and powerful on the gym floor, on the track, in a spin class, in a yoga studio, etc.
One of the functional gyms (Crossfit oriented but very adaptable to my style of fitness) on the fort has quickly become my favorite. I feel incredibly comfortable there and enjoy all of the equipment. At night, it tends to house a younger crowd looking to impress (hey,,,, we've all been there at some point in our lives). I've noticed Crossfit girls in trendy little outfits frequenting this gym. I truly find them adorable and am impressed by their fierce abilities (I'm talking about multiple muscle ups), but sometimes these same girls feel the need to "cool off" by tying their tanks up under their sports bras and folding their short shorts down past the hip bone. Shortie shorts are fabulous. I own and wear a few pairs, but I DO NOT DEADLIFT IN THEM!!!! I HATE to be a critical person, but every time I see this behavior I roll my eyes. What looks good for a photo shoot does not necessarily translate into an ordinary day at the gym.
It is human to seek approval and enlightening to revel in confidence, but when does pride in your feminine appearance shift to pleas for attention?