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Articles: Feminism

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 […]

Why Not Having Children is a Valid and Healthy Choice

Women are constantly questioned about our reproductive choices: How many kids are you going to have, and when? Are you going to breastfeed? Do you use birth control or support reproductive rights? Are you, as a pregnant woman, really going to eat that food or lift that weight? It’s impossible to answer these questions in […]

Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally

At Girls Gone Strong we believe there is no wrong way to have a body and recognize that everyone who identifies as a woman is a real woman.   As someone who works with and advocates for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, I really value this particular statement from the GGS mission. GGS believes in helping […]

Who Gets to be Fit? Working out the Intersections of Fitness

As you’ve scoured the Internet throughout the course of your fitness journey, have you ever used the Google image search engine? I know I have. I’ve used it to find pictures of specific muscles and proper lifting form, and even cute fitness attire, among many other things. When we search for images, we are often […]

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