Fiction for sure. Gender has a huge role in weight lifting. Because of our genetics, females aren’t going to get bulky no matter how heavy or how often they lift unless they’re taking some sort of substance. Men, on the other hand, can lift weight without getting bulky depending on the style of weightlifting. There are so many different styles of muscle training. It all depends on your goal. Is your goal to gain mass? Is it to be lean and toned? Pick a program that allows you to achieve those goals you set for yourself.