Photos of muscly Georgian cheerleader Anna Watson have shone the light on a sub-culture that repulses some and gives enormous pleasure to others - female bodybuilders. The site of bronzed and oiled-up woman flexing muscles that would dwarf many men's is seen as repellent for many people, male or female. There are frequent competitions where woman from all over the world flex for the chance to be crowned Ms International or Ms Olympia - both international bodybuilding competitions held annually by the International Federation of Bodybuilders. Woman's bodybuilding began to achieve some mainstream exposure in the s and even saw one of its competitors, Anita Gandol, appear on the front cover of Playboy in
Cheerleader Anna Watson: Dark Side of Female Muscle Worship Fantasies
A female bodybuilder. The idea of a woman being stronger than me, and the sexual possibilities that that entails, is something I find extremely exciting. Johnny, 37, is a technical trainer with the British Army. As a conventionally handsome guy in decent physical shape, Johnny is one of many men in the UK who engages in the otherwise unconventional practice of muscle worship. Also known as "sthenolagnia," muscle worship is a sexual paraphilia where a person becomes sexually aroused by touching and "worshipping" the muscles of a more physically dominant partner. Male worshippers like Johnny are referred to in the muscle worship subculture as "schmoes.
Inside the Lucrative World of Female Muscle Worship
Although cratolagnia and sthenolagnia are closely related to it, female muscle as a stand alone sexual fetish has become something unique. Sthenolagnia is arousal from displaying strength or muscles. This is mostly about showing the muscles.
One-on-one wrestling matches with female bodybuilders have become an increasingly popular fetish. The men say they enjoy the thrill of being dominated by women who can pin them with their thighs, while the women use the proceeds to pay for their steroids and posing suits. In the early nineties, she was a trainer at Pumping Iron, an Upper East Side gym, and ran ads in magazines to get new clients. What can you bench-press? In , she launched the site.