Ronda Rousey: I'm Jacked As Hell Because I'm Not a 'Do Nothing Bitch'

Ronda Rousey is not a small woman, she’s an MMA fighter and her body looks like it has a job to do because it does. Still, some sports websites have called her body “huge” but the outspoken Rousey is punching back.


In a UFC video leading up to her fight with Beth Correia on August 1st, Rousey had this to say:

“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing bitch. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do nothing bitch. It’s not very eloquently said but it’s to the point and maybe that’s just what I am. I’m not that eloquent but I’m to the point.”


Rousey and Correia square up on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Your standard male MMA fighter is saying this kind of shit, times ten, about everyone. He calls other dudes worthless layabouts for not being as strong as him, or worse, he calls them feminine. Does it make their statements right? Probably not. But the measure of this outrage will be because of Rousey’s gender and the gender of the people she mentioned. She’s a woman and she talked about women’s choices—and people will get upset because (a) no one wants to hear women with opinions and (b) no one wants to hear people’s opinions about women. Rousey says her mom told her not to be lazy. She used the word bitch. We’ve got the tone police on speed dial.

We pass judgment about women’s choices all the time around here, but we get away with it because we see ourselves as the populist norm. We figure any “punching” we do is in the “up” direction. I couldn’t give two shits which direction people punch, because presumably punching isn’t something you have to do anyway. But—since I’m using the metaphor—Rousey isn’t even punching down per se. She’s punching back.

She gave a hard-ass response to sexist rhetoric from sportswriters who feel that athletic women aren’t attractive—rather, aren’t women. They have turned femaleness into a currency, afforded only to women who stay out of their male-dominated sports. That’s shitty, her response is a direct “fuck you” to the concept of masculinity and femininity, and it seems to be only her wording rubs us the wrong way. Moreover, she’s not even saying anyone in particular is a “do nothing bitch”; just that they exist.

She said she refuses to be as lazy as sexist assholes expect women to be.