When I was younger, I couldn’t figure out exactly what it took to show full support and be a fan. I would enjoy watching a certain actor in popular films or really love listening to a certain famous music group, but my fandom never really reached farther than buying the movies or albums. Once you own the media, I felt as though it stopped there.
I started to catch on to other ways to really show your passion for something. Once I really could say the phrase “I love every movie Arnold Schwarzenegger has done” as well as “I’m very interested in body building.” the two only made sense together.
What went deeper than simply enjoying the news behind Arnold and his claim to fame as Mr. Olympia seven times in a row, was searching Ms. Olympia. It was easy to spark an interest in what was happening in the men’s bodybuilding world, but what was going on in the women’s world? The very first time I looked at Arnold in a competition I was fascinated, yet the first time I looked at Iris Kyle I was frightened. So I asked myself, shouldn’t women be shown the same appreciation for what they strive to achieve?
The reward for Mr. Olympia is $675,000. Almost makes me want to start taking something scary to make me get big now! The crazier part is how the reward for Ms. Olympia is only $60,000. When I first read the price difference, I thought perhaps it is because men are bigger and therefore have to work much harder to shape and tone their bodies. Maybe the reason is because Mr. Olympia is what was created first and therefore it keeps the number one title and price.
While the answer may not be very clear, many wind up outraged about the subject. Not everyone enjoys watching musclebound people walk on a stage and bulge out of their skin. Most people don’t even want to go to the gym more than twice a week. The more important part is that here are people who devote their lives to what they are passionate about. While a man may devote his time and get such a high payment for winning, these women deserve a higher goal to shoot for.