Everyone tends to be watching Ronda Rousey these days, and it’s not a secret that she drives a lot of traffic to MMA sites. So it was no surprise that her comments about sexual lubricant in Maxim got a lot of attention:
What should a guy always do? Take his time. In general, a girl takes a minute. He needs to get her ready. You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you’re being lazy…and you’re not taking your time.
It makes for a great headline, and an even better one when she was accused of “lube shaming” in articles on sites like Salon and The Huffington Post. The basic idea is that it’s a complete misnomer that it’s just for selfish men taking their time, and is a useful product for women who have physiological issues. The term used was “lube shaming,” as treating it the way she did put the onus on the users, with Rousey not understanding that there are reasons beyond the participants’ control that such a product might be used.
Rousey replied to the criticism in the first episode of UFC 193 Embedded (which is, well, embedded above), but it doesn’t sound like she read or was informed of the substance of the complaints. After going on and on about what she was trying to do, she said that “it sounded like some gritty kitty b—–s are really f—-n mad at me. I’m like, ’It’s not my fault you’re working with a sandbox.’”
Her initial comments were misguided, albeit well-intended, Now, it appears that she’s outright saying here that women who didn’t like what she said are dried up and jealous, which is more than a little problematic. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s as much backlash to this as there was to the original comments, as it’s a much nastier, more personal, and insulting statement.