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Articles: Feminism

3 Roadblocks LGBTQ Women Face in Fitness Spaces

You wouldn’t think that sexual orientation has any influence on physical activity levels, especially if you identify as heterosexual — but the unfortunate reality is that it can, and often does. Being a “sexual minority” is like belonging to an effectively invisible minority group, meaning that unless your sexual orientation is disclosed people will often […]

What You Can Do to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

While we as a culture work to confront the crisis of sexual violence, we have witnessed waves of survivor disclosures via movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NotOkay. For the health, safety, and emotional wellbeing of survivors of sexual violence, it is critically important that support providers — including friends and family members — be prepared […]

Why Believing Sexual Violence Survivors Is Evidence-Based (and Important!)

Note: for the sake of this article, the terms “victim” and “survivor” will be used interchangeably, as individuals who experience sexual violence often feel a connection to one or both of these terms. Sexual violence — defined as any sexual act committed against someone without that individual’s freely-given consent — is a critical social problem; […]

259 Things Women Do Daily to Avoid Being Assaulted

With sexual harassment and assault all over the headlines in Hollywood, sports, politics, and fitness, I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic and having lots of conversations about it lately. In a recent Instagram story, I asked women in my community what things they do daily in an attempt to stay safe, and avoid […]

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 […]

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