The “Strong is the New Skinny” Facebook page is approaching 10,000 members. Sure, 10,000 is a nice round number but there’s actually something more significant about it. As far as Seth Godin is concerned, 1,000 is all you need to have a movement.
The basic idea Seth is talking about is that it only takes 1,000 committed people – people who care deeply about a message and want to see change in the world – to make that change happen. Think about it: if EACH ONE of you reading this post right now introduced the Strong is the New Skinny message to another person who also became committed to making REAL change in the body images we see in the media and everywhere else, we’d be well on our way to seeing that change happen.
It’s time to “vote” for Strong is the New Skinny
Since this November is a voting month, I’m going to ask everyone reading this to vote for Strong is the New Skinny, too. If you really, truly believe in what SINS is all about, go out and introduce ONE MORE person to the idea. Think about it, if every single member of the SINS Facebook page brought in one more person, our reach – and the idea – would expand exponentially.
BE the change you want to see in the world
I expanded on what Strong is the New Skinny means to me in this post. Here are the basics of what I said:
TO ME, “Strong is the New Skinny” is about women deciding FOR THEMSELVES what they want to look like and who they want to be.
TO ME, “Strong is the New Skinny” is about women being STRONG and TRAINING HARD and TRAINING “LIKE A GUY.”
TO ME, “Strong is the New Skinny” is about increasing EVERYONE’S awareness that WE – us as individuals – have a serious level of control over stereotypes and norms and what is accepted and what future generations see. We – each and every one of us – has the ability, tools and OBLIGATION to lead and inspire future generations and create a better world. I recently had a woman – a blogger no less – tell me this could never happen because “men” still control the media and it’s impossible to change the current stereotypes. Well… “Men” may still control the print media to some degree, but there’s this thing called the “internet” that has made it possible to spread all kinds of “crazy” ideas on these things called blogs and there’s this new thing called Facebook that has spread an idea or two here and there. I mean, even a fringe wacko like me can get his crazy ideas out. (A diet with no grains? This guy is insane! He’s not even a Registered Dietitian…) And, in case you’ve had your head stuck in the sand – or someplace else – the “male controlled” print media ain’t doing so hot right now. Just ask Seth Godin…
And finally, TO ME, “Strong is the New Skinny” means women can kick ass with barbells and Kettlebells and tires and sandbags and whatever CrossFit nastiness they can find. And it also means a woman can sit down with a pile of bacon and some red meat and know it’s healthy and feel OK about herself while she does it. Because NOBODY wants to be THIS guy…
Yes, I’m talking to you…
So, if you’re a guy, be supportive of strong women wherever you find them and introduce ONE person you know to the SINS idea. And, if you’re a woman, be strong, define your own body image – the one that YOU want – and introduce ONE more person to the SINS movement.
And, ladies, for extra credit eat some bacon