It was a classic case of an entitled white hetero man believing he's the expert on the do's and don't of womanhood and that a woman's physical appearance is solely meant to attract the male gaze.
A self-proclaimed crusher of "comforting lies," recently became the laughingstock of the internet after netizens mercilessly roasted him for spewing unwarranted opinions on what a woman's body should ideally look like. The Twitter user named Richard Cooper received a forceful reminder that it's probably best not to share every thought that crosses his mind on social media; especially when the thoughts are steaming piles of sexist garbage. It was a classic case of an entitled white hetero man believing he's the expert on the do's and don't of womanhood and that a woman's physical appearance is solely meant to attract the male gaze.
"Why do women train for ripped abs? It's because they want to look like men; truthfully it's gross," Cooper wrote on Twitter. "Lips, tits & hips. Men are simple, we want the classic beauty of a feminine hourglass shape. At no time in history did men ever want women with ripped abs." Sadly, he does seem to have an audience for his obnoxious thoughts and observations, as the tweet garnered almost 1000 likes and a number of replies from fellow sexists. On the brighter side, an overwhelming number of responses were from netizens who didn't share his beliefs and were more than happy to set him straight.
The most satisfying of all — for me personally at least — was a thread of professionals giving their expert opinions on why Cooper is unlikely to be fancied by women in any time, space, or sphere. "Hi. Historian here. I’m comfortable in saying that at no time in history have women ever wanted you," tweeted James Fell. Michael Merrifield — who, according to his Twitter bio is a professor of astronomy at the University of Nottingham — concurred with Fell, adding: "Astronomer here. Willing to go out on a limb and expand your assertion to the whole of space as well as time."
Congratulations on being the laughingstock of the internet today. It even translated across platforms! My women’s lifting group got a real kick out of it. pic.twitter.com/l3DmWIesvV— Heather DeMeno (@HeatherDeMeno) October 19, 2020
"English/Creative Writing major here. There isn't a believable character in the literary universe who wants you, either. Any editor worthy of a job would call BS on even the most desperate fictional woman interested in you," wrote Twitter user Aaron Weidert. "Hi. Barrister here. I’m comfortable in saying that at no time has it been unlawful for women to have abs. Because even we know that women need to have strong stomachs to put up with all the men who think they should be able to control women’s bodies," tweeted another user named Stephen Byerley.
But wait! There’s more! pic.twitter.com/URbMXu8LA4— Heather DeMeno (@HeatherDeMeno) October 19, 2020
Meanwhile, a number of women also weighed in on the "how not to be an a**hole online" session with their personal takes on the matter. "Not everything women do is to get male attention. These women care about being fit and athletic, not landing a boyfriend," reminded @Judith_Char. "Just let women do what pleases them and makes them feel beautiful... it's not always about men," advised @Puritekimeu. "Maybe women train so that they can crush your tiny b***s with thunder thighs," commented a woman named Aly, reports Daily Mail.
You spend too much time staring at paintings my dude.— Rachael Q. (@LoTr1985) October 22, 2020
"That's a LOT of time at a gym. No woman spends that much time in a gym for a guy. It's for her... and more power to her," said yet another commenter. Funnily enough, Cooper's anti-female abs tweet ended up inspiring many women to work on getting abs with Twitter user Laura Geddes promising: "Woman here, I'm comfortable in saying never in my life have I been more motivated to get abs. An all-natural douchenozzle repellent is what us gals need. Will report back when abs are achieved."