Guest Post: Breasts at the Gym

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By Sonya W

Workout wear can reflect your mood, comfort level, and sense of fashion. But what if a woman’s choice is a distraction to other gym-goers? Sensitive male (and female) eyes may be confused and agitated, not knowing where to look. Surely, there must be some limit to how much cleavage a woman should be allowed to flaunt in the weight-room? The obvious answer is yes, of course! The correct answer, though, is no. Continue reading

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Fast Sexism: The Tim Hunt Case

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

Against Tolerance

I cannot really tolerate this guy.

I cannot really tolerate this guy.

The other day I received the following comment on a post called “Love of Labour Lost,” which I published on December 25, 2013. In the original post, I nastily rant against unfit people who are afraid of becoming “too muscular” by accident: Dear FFG, I really enjoy your blog and find your posts very satisfying to read, so first off, thank you! However, on the issue of bodybuilding, I must say that there seems to be a great deal of intolerance on the part of the athletes towards anyone who doesn’t agree with the aesthetic. I fully agree that the comments by the gym-goers who fear bulking up are ignorant and uninformed (and in very poor taste), but one’s body shape is a matter of personal preference. It is possible to achieve various healthy alternatives. I understand your point that there is a lack of appreciation for the hard work and time investment in achieving a muscular physique, but I find the lack of regard for someone else’s aesthetic quite jarring. Continue reading

Positively Rural: An Update from Kick and Glide

Cross-country skiing in Edmonton Alberta.

Cross-country skiing in Edmonton Alberta.

Hello again,

It is too cold to cross-country ski so Kick and Glide is inside at the keyboard. I must admit that I am becoming a bit of a wuss. I prefer to ski in the blue wax zone (-1 to -10); I’ll ski in the green zone, (-10 to -15), but silver (-15 to -30) is just too darn cold. By the way, those temperatures for wax application are a generalization of the Swix company waxes. They do over-lap, so under certain conditions you might get away with using green at minus seventeen … sorry, way off topic.

I would like to come back to JMS and FFG’s questions relating to what is a positive image, or idea, of rural life. Continue reading

Guest Post: Branding Bodies to Create Division

The Avicii brand.

The Avicii brand.

Biography: When not writing, which is most of the time, Kick and Glide likes to cook and drink, especially wine and craft beer. Luckily he also likes cross-country skiing, swimming, and organic gardening. According to him the best things in life are family and friends. His favourite TV series is “The Wire.” Kick and Glide thinks that our most pressing global issue is the question of economic growth and its impact on the environment. We must find a balance.

Hello All,

I’ve been watching and musing over Avicii’s video, “Wake Me Up”: http://youtu.be/IcrbM1l_BoI. I like the music and the song and I have gone on to listen to other songs by Aloe Blacc who has a lovely voice, but this particular video left me with a disquieting feeling that won’t go away. Continue reading