Arnold Schwarzenegger has been hounded by allegations of misogyny, sexual harassment and even sexual abuse throughout his long career, dating back to the 1970s and his rise to fame as a champion bodybuilder and star of the documentary, "Pumping Iron." (Certainly, the casual way in which Schwarzenegger discusses his sometimes-dismissive relationship with women could be seen as an early warning sign.)Now that Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child outside his marriage (with the family's maid, no less), it seems an appropriate time to go back into the archives, and dig up The Governator's back catalog of inadvisable, offensive and frequently chauvinist quotes about women. Here they are, in no particular order. Because ranking misogyny feels wrong, somehow. Stick around...
On Having Chicks Around
"Having chicks around is the kind of thing that breaks up the intense training. It gives you relief, and then afterward you go back to the serious stuff." - Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 1977 interview with Oui magazineMaybe we're just looking at these statements from the wrong perspective...I mean, he's saying that women are HELPFUL for giving you relief and...no, that's no good either...Let me come back to this one...
"After watching mulattas shake it, I can totally understand why Brazil is devoted to my favorite body part, the ass." - Arnold in a 1983 Playboy video titled "Carnival in Rio"Not much to add to this one, really. If you've noticed by now that Playboy Magazine seems to keep coming up in this discussion about misogyny...well, that's a list for a different day.
On Golds Gym
"Bodybuilders party a lot, and once, in Gold's--the gym in Venice, California, where all the top guys train there was a black girl who came out naked. Everybody jumped on her and took her upstairs, where we all got together." - Arnold Schwarzenegger in a 1977 interview with Oui magazineAnd you thought it was gross when people at the gym don't wipe the SWEAT off the machines...Now you know better.
On His Sexual Needs
"Whatever I thought might hold me back, I avoided. I crossed girls off my list, except as tools for my sexual needs." - From the 1977 autobiography "Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder" by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Douglas Kent HallGrown women don't usually like to be called "girls." But I think I know something they like to be called even less! "Tools for my sexual release."