Why I Wear Men’s Shirts to the Gym: Guest Post by Hissy Fit

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catcalls2Since moving to a new city a few months ago, my fitness routine — and my life in general — has drastically changed.  And not for the better.  After the dust of moving settled, I have simply been astounded at the rampant misogyny that exists here.  I was going to say I was “culture shocked,” but that’s too polite.  It’s not culture shock.  It’s pure old-fashioned sexism.  Continue reading

My Slump: Guest Post by Deanna Harder, aka Fitbabe

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Time to be honest!

I’ve been in a funk friends. Down and out. Been full of self-doubt, having anxiety attacks for no reason and just generally unhappy. In the beginning I thought it was related to my body image issues. I’m training hard, eating well (maybe too well) but feel like I’m getting fatter. I feel disgusting.  It’s frustrating. I want to live like a happy, fit lady who doesn’t have to follow a restrictive diet to look good. I guess that’s too much to ask. Anyway, that’s another rant. Continue reading

Ask A Trainer: Should Pre-Teen Girls Lift Weights?

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zzzzzzzz lift and bitch 033Dear Fitbabe,

The other day my 12-year-old daughter pointed to her legs, stating that she “needed to do something about them.” When I questioned her, she said that she wished to gain muscle in order to have toned legs. My daughter is quite slim and about 5’10 inches tall, with long legs. She already plays soft ball and takes swimming lessons. How should I respond to her desire for muscular legs? Continue reading

Ronda Rousey Should Fight One Direction

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My view at the One Direction concert in Edmonton on July 21, 2015.

My view at the One Direction concert in Edmonton on July 21, 2015. I took a 12-year-old girl to the show after her mother promised to kill one of my enemies in exchange.

I know how the One Direction On the Road Again tour could be vastly improved. Have Ronda Rousey come onstage to beat the living crap out of Harry, Niall, Louis, and Liam, in that order. Continue reading

Fast Sexism: The Tim Hunt Case

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It's hard not to fall in love with this science guy. Thankfully I am safely in the lady world of the arts.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this science guy. Thankfully I am safe in the lady world of the arts.

British scientist Tim Hunt recently made sexist remarks and caused an uproar in the media. Hunt won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001, and is well known in his profession. In June 2015 he suddenly blew up, becoming a household name and attracting as many online lovers as haters. Continue reading

Efficient Workouts: Why I am Lifting Weights Faster

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Lift Weights Faster with Jen Sinkler

Lift Weights Faster with Jen Sinkler

I recently purchased Jen Sinkler’s Lift Weights Faster, a library of body weight, kettlebell, and barbell workouts. I love training and look forward to it, but these days I am pressed for time, not to mention sore from lifting and carrying around my built-like-a-hockey-player son. Continue reading

The Tanned and Butt Ugly: Photos I Cannot Resist Showing You

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After finishing my book, which is now in the hands of external referees, I realized that many photographs—taken by the incomparable artist and designer Patrick J. Reed—could not be included in it. I think his images offer feminist interventions in the often heteronormative, … Continue reading