Feminist Figure Girl Book Now Available


My book is now available in hard cover, paperback ($25), and digital versions from SUNY Press. The State University of New York Press did a wonderful job and I loved working with all of its staff.


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About feministfiguregirl

I am a 51-year-old professor named Lianne McTavish who receives as much satisfaction from working out at the gym as from publishing my academic research. About eight years ago, I decided to combine my two primary identities (scholar/gym rat) to create "Feminist Figure Girl," a fictional character who both analyzes and participates in bodybuilding. I competed in my first figure show in June of 2011, and then wrote a book inspired by the process, published by SUNY Press in February 2015. In this blog I will write about and consider my ongoing research on the body, while regularly making fun of myself. I recommend that you start reading my first post from August 2010 (available on the home page), instead of backwards from the most recent one, in order to get the full FFG effect.

4 thoughts on “Feminist Figure Girl Book Now Available

  1. At the end of week 11 of the 13 week semester of the Winter term, when so much must be done, I’ve learned that it’s as important to feed the brain as it is to complete the tasks.
    So tonight I started to read FFG.
    Reading the introduction took me back to (in my memory) the only Clinic Escort that we worked together at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton.
    I was a postdoc. You were (in company with other outstanding women in the UNB History Department) the feminist scholar I wanted to be.
    In the chit chat that was common among Clinic escorts as we walked women to their medically necessary appointments, you gave me advice about how to be as a feminist academic.
    I felt I should reciprocate, but at that stage of my career, all I could do was ask, “What’s next?” (You had just submitted a manuscript for review.)
    Your response: “My body.”

    • Thanks Nancy. This comment is so flattering because you are the most kick-ass feminist I have ever met. I remember escorting at the clinic with you. You and Martin were great supporters of FFG from the very beginning and I will never forget that.

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