I never thought that I would be writing about competitive eating for my first post on this blog, but this short article that popped up on my Yahoo! news feed yesterday morning inspired me to test some new ground. The article gave new meaning to the "modern superwoman" and proved that a heroine can exist in every field, no matter how testosterone-filled it normally is.
Perhaps not a superheroine by conventional means, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas possesses enough of the traits of our favorite ass-kicking superwomen to make her worthy of our admiration. Misleading looks? Check. A memorable nickname? Check. Superior speed, stamina, and skill? Check, check, and check. Her most recent feat of devouring 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes earned her a well-deserved first place at the tenth annual National Buffalo Wings and a new world record, among many jealous glares from her male competitors.
The taste of success isn't new to the 44-year old, 100-pound Thomas, who proudly lists some of her other competitive eating records on her own website. Such achievements include consuming 552 oysters in 10 minutes, 44 lobsters in 12 minutes, and 65 eggs in less than 7 minutes.
Despite the messy nature of competitive eating, Thomas is able to maintain her cute and cheery appearance without much of a problem. However, the most interesting aspect of Sonya Thomas' competitive eating profile just may be her self-given nickname, "The Black Widow." When asked why she chose the nickname, Thomas answered, "Like the female black widow spider, it is my desire to eliminate the males. In competitive eating, I want to eat more or faster than the men. I want to make boys out of them."
Going back to our recent class discussion about heroes vs. heroines, I found it intriguing how Thomas completely toppled the idea of male supremacy by making it clear that her goal was to defeat any and all competitors in the competitive eating field, which, like the superhero world, has typically been dominated by men. Her bravery and outspokenness certainly make her a respectable heroine, at least in my book.