Circus wrestlers and strongmen: the time when women could beat a man and get paid for it
At the beginning of the twentieth century, women tried to be as good as men. Can’t women do what their husbands or brothers do? It’s no big deal. Then there were a lot of women wrestlers and women strongmen who often went to the arena and arranged demonstration (however, real too) fights.
Circus fights were particularly notable. They were held to music, and the judges were often ordinary people from those who came to look at these unusual ladies with muscles. Such fights were often with a prescribed scenario, so that there were always moments when people’s breath catches, and that until the last they did not know who is stronger, who will win. Circus performers carefully prepared for the show to tickle the audience’s nerves with their performance and make the final quite unexpected.
Sometimes in the circus pavilions, fights were arranged with willing members of the public. There were many men who wanted to prove to “these women” who is stronger and more important. Such shows, as a rule, was even more excitement. But regardless of whether women became winners (and most often did) or not, the public still did not take them seriously. In addition, the organizers of such performances understood that only female muscles do not attract the audience, so the strongmen were often dressed in emphatically erotic outfits, and if they had to fight with each other, this rehearsed show also had some intimate overtones.