If you spend any time at all following modern media, Ronda Rousey has crossed your path. She's the fastest rising sports star today and she's hard to define. She's a fighter, a winner, a model, a rising movie star, and possibly most important, she's the new standard and role model for many young females in America.
I embedded one of Ronda's YouTube videos. It only runs 42 seconds and as of today it's at almost 2.6 million views. I'll add all the obligatory disclaimers here - don't watch if you are offended by graphic language, F word, etc. That's part of the package with Ronda. What you see, is what you get. She's transparent and in that tranparency comes amazing influence.
If you choose, watch the video. Watch Ronda unpack her version of the empowered female, in her terms a statement against a "DNB." It might be controversial, but it resonates. I have watched and pondered her approach and it prompts more discussion.
As a university educator and closet theologian, it's responsible to reflect on Ronda's message and how it affects women. It's about empowerment through fitness, about how females makes choices regarding how they wish to be perceived. It's about how you make your living, about self-perception of the female physique. And it's presented by a woman who delivers the knock out punch.
How might we bring Ronda as a case study into the classroom? There is surely relevance among many of the communication and advertising courses I teach. And in an even bolder move, what pastor would dare bring Ronda into the pulpit? Who might have the courage to frame DNB and create a message of biblical proportion? It might be possible to preach about loving oneself...before one can love others.
Just a few thoughts on the day, but social scientists will have to keep their eyes on Ronda. We must watch her every move, because millions of our students are surely doing just that.