#Fincon13, a set on Flickr.
At FinCon13, one incident really got under my skin. It was one of the afternoons in the Expo Hall, and somehow, there was a pull-up bar. I think last year some macho boys did an impromptu pull-up contest in the hotel gym, but this year, it was on stage.
And it was pretty funny. If you’ve never watched people do pull-ups, let me tell you one thing: it’s way more fun to watch someone who is having a hard time than it is to watch someone who makes it look easy. Pull-ups are not easy.
The whole thing had an emcee, too, which made it even funnier.
Until it wasn’t.
Now, I don’t know Steve from MoneyPlanSOS, so I don’t know if he spoke with good intentions, or what. But he said, “don’t worry ladies, there will be a beauty contest for you later,” since the pull-up contest was comprised exclusively of men, although I was later told that they tried to recruit women but they didn’t get any takers.
I was furious. I looked around, and nobody reacted. Except Jim Wang, who said, “I don’t know, but I don’t think that was the right thing to say.”
I might be sensitive (I know I’m sensitive!) but there’s no reason to be sexist.
Having a pull-up contest is not sexist.
Saying that a beauty contest is the female equivalent of a pull-up contest? Now that’s sexist.
It’s no secret that women aren’t seen as equals to men. You just have to take a look at these pictures to see that.
But Crystal, wise woman that she is, said, “you can get pissed, or you can start training.” Back at home, that thought stuck with me. We emailed back and forth and decided to hold a pull-up contest.
I’m pretty sure I can’t beat Jeff Rose at pull-ups. That man was in the military!
But maybe, with a year of training, I can beat Crystal.
So the challenge is this: next FinCon, wherever that is, I’m going to try to beat Crystal in a pull-up competition.
Who else wants in? The only rules we have so far are that neither one of us is currently able to do a pull-up, and we both agree not to do steroids.
You have to be in both camps to participate.Who’s in?