“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
I make it a habit to ignore the few critics we have here at SINS. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve done a hell of a lot MORE to promote strong women and healthy body images than anyone else out there who is supposedly so damn perfect. Once in a while though, I get irritated enough that I have to rant. I know everyone HATES when I rant 😉
A site recently linked back to my blog and the post wasn’t very flattering. I usually don’t care when this happens – unless the person criticizing has completely misinterpreted things and spun them in an unflattering way. The author was “disappointed about the origins of the movement/slogan” but the “origin” of the moment was never even mentioned or linked to!
What pisses me off more than anything is that the SINS message and movement has proven to be highly flexible, positive and tolerant of all kinds of people, opinions, goals, ages and fitness levels. I mean, we even “let” some vegans hang out with us! 😉 If any of the authors who criticize us for not having a PERFECTLY crafted message actually wanted to work WITH us to create change, there very well could be room in the SINS community for their ideas. Of course, this would mean they’d actually have to put their ideas out into the world – as opposed to just on their blogs that get no traffic – and then THEY might actually have to face some criticism themselves.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now: Imperfect as we are, Marsha and I put ourselves out there EVERY FUCKING DAY to make a difference, be the change we want to see in the world and create a space for people to get together and share and encourage each other. I challenge ANY of our critics to show that they do more than we do and more than just make noise and complain about what could have been done differently.
Here’s the comment I left on the site and here’s a link to the post. I usually don’t like to link back to these types of posts, but practicalpaleolithic.com has 1000s of backlinks now and I can spare one or two for the less fortunate 😛
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You’ve provided a pretty critical opinion of SINS and you didn’t even mention the ORIGINAL article that started the movement: http://adamfarrah.com/is-strong-the-new-skinny. You also didn’t mention the Facebook group that’s now over 9,000 strong and is a thriving community of men and women who support and encourage one another. http://www.facebook.com/StrongIsTheNewSkinny is home to a wide range of people with all different body types.
I hear from people daily who embrace the message and make the message relevant to THEM and THEIR lives. It’s brought a lot of people together on a topic that needed to be brought out into the light.
My interview with Marsha was anything but “another ‘I found a way to lose x pounds’ story.” I’m not really sure where you even got that. Marsha is a strong, genuine and REAL woman who lays her daily struggles out there for the world to read and many women are encouraged by her message.
My ORIGINAL article – the one you didn’t mention – has now been shared over 4,700 times and inspired a lot of women (and men).
Since that article went viral, I’ve received thousands of positive responses. I’ve also received a few negative ones like yours – “it should have been done different, it should have been more this, it should have been less that, it should have said this and not that, it was written by a male and it’s bad…” And on and on.
Whether or not I did it “right” by your standards I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING. And Marsha and I continue to put ourselves out into the world every day and continue to DO SOMETHING to create change.
Your post tells less than half the story of Strong is the New Skinny and it’s typical of the few negative responses we’ve gotten. How about working WITH us to create change and make things better instead of cherry-picking the message and criticizing?
I’m around if you want to talk…