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Articles: Feminism

Should You Compliment Others on Weight Loss?

“You’ve lost so much weight! Tell me your secret!” There is a woman — we will call her Cindy — that I’ve seen at the gym for the last eight years. I don’t know her well; only enough to exchange a friendly “hello” when we see each other. Recently, I was in the locker room […]

Valuing Ourselves Beyond the Physical Aspect

When our female friends are feeling insecure, we are often quick to reassure them with statements like “You’re so beautiful,” or “You look hot.” Often, this kind of situation arises either because our friend is criticizing herself (like “Ugh, I feel so fat today”) or she’s asking for us to give our feedback on her […]

Everyday Racism in the Fitness World and Beyond

Earlier this year, LA Fitness called the police on two African American men because they didn’t believe the men had memberships, even though both of the men had checked in and one of the men had been a member of the gym for eight years. The police arrived and requested the men leave. Three LA […]

Sexual Harassment in Life and in the Fitness Industry

Let’s talk about sex… ual harassment. When speaking of sexual harassment, some of the more blatant and alarming examples of it tend to jump into mind. The construction worker who hollers highly inappropriate remarks at female passersby. The perverted teacher who demands sexual favors in exchange for better grades. The leering boss who makes sexual […]

Representation Matters: Eating Disorders Aren’t Just for White Girls

When you think about eating disorders what is the image that comes to mind? Is it one of teenaged vanity? Of emaciated white women agonizing in front of the mirror or hunched over the toilet? For a long time, the same image of eating disorders was (and for the most part, still is) perpetuated by […]

Speak Up: Identifying Rape Culture in Everyday Conversation

You can find it in this 2011 New York Times description of an 11-year-old girl who was horrifically gang raped: “she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” You can find it in this story shared by Girls Gone Strong co-founder Molly Galbraith: “When I […]

The Pitfalls of Using Gendered Terminology in Fitness

When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bar sizes, in most Olympic weightlifting gyms there are two bars, the 15-kilogram bar and the 20-kilogram bar (roughly 35 and 45 pounds respectively). Women typically use the 15-kilogram bar […]

A Clear Understanding of Consent, in Sexual Situations and Beyond

If someone kisses you, does that mean they’re also consenting to sex? What if they go home with you and kiss you? If someone has had sex with you before, can you safely assume that you have their consent for another time? If someone made it clear last week via text that they want to […]

Why is Everything Such a Shameful Secret?

When the occasional (poorly informed) person tries to tell me that sexism doesn’t exist anymore, I sometimes ask in response: So you think women can talk just as freely about bodily functions as men? Typically, the response I get is an eye roll — because really, has feminism come down to women wanting equal rights at […]

Me Too

As women, it’s sadly unsurprising to learn that another woman we know has experienced sexual harassment, assault or violence — after all, most of us have. Sharing our stories can be as comforting as it is horrifying: while it helps to know that we are not alone, thinking about how widespread these experiences are can […]

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