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Do women need to wear makeup to the gym?

By lenny 22 January 2006 39

After putting on 5 kilos over the Christmas break, (a combination of booze, cheese and jatz) I decided it was time to hit the gym and work away the flab.

So driving to the gym the other morning listening to my radio station of choice – 104.7, I listened as Chris and Sarah discussed the amount of women who wear makeup and have perfect hair just to go to the gym.

Before I heard this, I have to say I didn’t really notice. But after hearing their discussion I started to notice just how true it was. For example, this morning a youngish women was next to me on the dreadmill with full makeup and her hair out and perfectly straight. (*And no she couldn’t have “ Just come from work” this was at 8.30 on a Sunday morning) Every time she went to wipe her sweat away, she would “ dab” in an attempt to keep her makeup in place. By the end of her workout her mascara and eye powder had run down her face, making her look like something resembling a panda and her straight hair was greasy and sticking all over her sweaty face- very attractive indeed.

But this is just one example of the many women I have noticed who put a big effort into their appearance just to go to the gym ( some of them even give Dame Edna a run for her money.)

For me I find it quite difficult see anything while at the gym, let alone check people out , as I have a continuos stream of salty sweat running down into my eyes for the duration of my work out, leaving me with extreme blurred vision and on particularly hot days temporary loss of vision.

But even when my eyes aren’t being burnt by salt I have to say I don’t really take all that much notice of the people around me, ( I am focussing more on breathing )

So the thing I am very interested to know is, how many of you actually check women out while at the gym, or are they going to all this effort for nothing?

What’s Your opinion?

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zllauh 12:05 pm 04 May 15

nobody cares whether one wears any make up or not ! atleast not those who are into doing hardcore workout.
oh wait , those dudes who care are not there to work out ! Guys, you need to find a better place .

giles 5:50 pm 24 Jan 06

Following the comments on Perth’s Weld Club – punters may wish to note that said club’s currently under attack by the state govt (including the equal opportunity commissioner) over it’s men-only member policy.

On women/makeup/gyms – yeah more power to you. Not just the chicks though… much to my amusement, I’ve seen guys toting tubs of hair product as part of their pre-workout grooming regime

Blossy 2:08 pm 24 Jan 06

what makes me giggle the most is the types that wear makeup and long dangly earrings to the gym.

Mostly because they pay a fortune to work out, but then refuse to put the effort in because its unattractive to be hot and sweaty with your hair all over the place.

Personally, I’d rather be unattractive at the gym (ie, messy hair, no makeup and sweaty) if it means my bum stops wobbling. IE more attractive for later times where I might be wearing makeup and regular clothes.

Indi 1:40 pm 24 Jan 06

barking toad – you fish a lot for comment!

bonfire 12:27 pm 24 Jan 06

any man who hands his money to his wife for better fiscal control is deluded.

barking toad 11:59 am 24 Jan 06


Why not? Especially if they are tEh hOtnEsS. In fact if they are HOT it should be compulsory for bottomless leotards and brazilians.

This does not apply to fat chicks though – fully covered neck to knee, loose fitting garments only.

And ugly fat chicks – I’m thinking full burkha.

In fact, for fat ugly chicks, Fernwood should be the only option!

simto 11:19 am 24 Jan 06

Hey, Mael, I’m just pointing out that the dictionary meaning of the word “suffarage” is about the right to vote. If you’re going to rewrite the dictionary, then fine, but don’t be surprised when people ask “what the hell is he going on about”?

The phrase you’re probably looking for is “genuine equality”.

colsim 10:53 am 24 Jan 06

I don’t think the representation of men on tv has anything to do with feminism, it’s all about marketing. The corporations do their research and suck up to whoever has the spending power – and if involves making them feel smarter by portraying someone else as dumber, well, that’s what they’ll do.

Given the history of representation of men and women in media, it’s probably just a matter of turnabout is fair play. Sure it’d be nice to have a media that only provides positive images of everyone but it probably wouldn’t be as funny.

Maelinar 8:36 am 24 Jan 06

Simto, men’s suffrage won’t be about the right to vote.

It will be a fight to remove advertising on television that portrays males as the ‘dumber’ or the ‘lesser’ species, the insignificant other half, the docile bum, the good for nothing father figure.

Look at any given advertisment on TV recently, and males are portrayed as bumbling baldric figures under the dominating-all-knowing-female-is-right figure.

It’s cutsey but I don’t buy it.

In the Military, there is a large percentage of soldiers who give their entire paypackets to their spouses ‘because they know how to spend the money more wisely’, again a steriotyping of males as the lesser. (infact in those cases, you’ll most likely find that the wife/spouse does not work at all, the entire income stream is from the male and centrelink).

I can go on with more examples…

Is this how males are to be represented ? I stand by my term male suffrage, because it’s not simply about the right to vote, but the right to impose equality on the other sex, as the womans suffrage movement has done.

Kerces 10:50 pm 23 Jan 06

On second thoughts (and a perusal through the second half of this month’s Cleo), it is obviously a girl’s duty to wear make up at all times, especially when she is highly likely to look unattractive (eg hot and sweaty). It should be punishable by jail to appear in public without makeup! Otherwise how’s a girl supposed to land a man?

Spot the wog 9:36 pm 23 Jan 06

There was a story from Victoria about a male only gym that put up the opposing argument that there are female only, why cannot there be a male only and the gym was owned by a woman after that i cannot remember.

Damn those liberationalists make life hard for the rest of us even with the comrade and bracksy throwing money at those groups like the “Left Legged Lesbians Front” (Example only i do not know if there is a group with that name, i sure hope not) that can be used somewhere else more promising (Policing WOW!! what a big move) And help the community get back in order.

Funny i’m getting images of the Groups like the ones out of Monty Python’s Life of Brian

“NO BLACKMAIL” Salutes with fist and thumb pointed downward

LurkerGal 9:00 pm 23 Jan 06

lol bonfire. Good call.

bonfire 5:17 pm 23 Jan 06

thanks ORL, i knew i was right. im hoping to get a gig as a shock jock. to be a shock jock you have to be male im told.

ORL 4:53 pm 23 Jan 06

“all the girls walk by, dressed up for each other.” I think that is true the majority of the time, even if you are not at the gym.
Guys have no taste, so if you impress a girl you know you have done something right….!!

I usually don’t go out without some make-up on but I think that if you are actually at the gym to get fit then you don’t give a shit what you look like.
I know I don’t care as I’m concentrating too much on not passing out on the treddie….

But there are quite a few girls and guys that go to the gym to check each other out and look for prospects while “worknig out”. I have friends that go for the gym just for that.
And if you are going to meet someone you can’t look like you just rolled out of bed and slapped on last seasons gym gear!

Kerces 4:43 pm 23 Jan 06

I agree xman about women getting dressed up mainly for other women (would also like to say I’ve never been to a gym in my life, with or without makeup). Other females can be a hundred imes more judgemental than men, and they’re not afraid to let you know what they think.

LurkerGal 4:14 pm 23 Jan 06

Taken from this website:


Can clubs state that they are ‘women only’ and ‘men only’?

Yes, there is an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act that allows for single sex clubs. “

Shut up Bonfire.

bonfire 4:03 pm 23 Jan 06

well OK, thats ‘one’.

simto 3:58 pm 23 Jan 06

You do realise that “suffarage” is the right to vote, right, Maelinar? And therefore your statement about “Men’s suffarage” is kinda nonsensical?

Having said that, yes, women are still a protected species in our society. That’s our leftover chunks of chivalry hanging in there.

DT 3:43 pm 23 Jan 06

Not Sydney or Melbourne, but in Perth there’s the Weld Club. Exclusive men’s only club.

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