See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness (CFP)

We’re guest editing a special issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics!

Vol. 9, No. 2 Special Issue on Feminism and Fitness. The submission deadline for this issue is April 1, 2015. The guest editors are Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs.


Fitness is a neglected concept in bioethics but fitness is of key importance to women’s health and well-being. Blogging at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs have been exploring the connections between women’s bodies, the medicalization of women’s health, and the multimillion dollar fitness industry. Until recently the focus of feminist criticism was on diet and weight loss, while ‘fitness’ was thought to be benign. More recently feminists have been engaging with the rhetoric of fitness as well. Some of the issues discussed show that there are significant impediments to women’s flourishing associated with fitness talk: fat shaming, body image, the tyranny of dieting, the narrow aesthetic ideal of femininity and how antithetical it is to athleticism, the sexualization of female athletes, women and competition, issues about entitlement, inclusion, and exclusion, the way expectations about achievement are gender variable, the harms of stereotyping. Feminists have begun to interrogate the very assumptions about what constitutes “fitness” in the first place. How is fitness connected to ableism and non-disabled privilege? Sport and fitness provide us with microcosms of more general feminist concerns about power, privilege, entitlement, and socialization.

Interested contributors are encouraged to submit papers on any topic related to feminism and fitness.
Possible topics include:
Interested authors are encouraged to contact the guest editors ( and to discuss their contribution. All papers submitted to IJFAB are subject to anonymous peer review.
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