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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #22

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

By the way, Facebook recently clarified its stance on nudity, writing, “We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.” For the full story see here.

Why does a fitness blog even care about body image? You can read about that here.


If you’ve ever felt body conscious while on the beach then this woman’s story is guaranteed to make you feel better.

When Rachel Hollis posted a picture of herself on the beach, wearing a bikini, to her Facebook page, something amazing happened.

It racked up over 300,000 likes, which is a fair more than she was expecting.

The reason for the incredible response is because of the powerful caption she gave the image, which was an inspirational message to mothers.”I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy. . . (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini.

“I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could.


It’s easy to see why such pure photographs would be well-received. Women, the ones online commenters insist are dangerous sex pariahs en route to ruin, are shown here as harmless. They’re laying on couches, relax with each other, and stare at the camera or off in to space like no one is watching.

Photographer Anastasia Pottinger has a powerful photo series called Centenarians that reveals what the human body looks like at 100 years old. It’s a remarkable achievement to live so long and the marks of age are well worn on the oldest people on the planet.

The photos are taken of nude 100 year olds in black and white and they shine light on the universal truth of time. Deep wrinkles and sagging skin make the bodies look almost unrecognizable but they’re also beautiful in an emotional way.

Three years ago and unhappy with her body, Adelaide mother of three Taryn Brumfitt was preparing to undergo cosmetic surgery involving a breast augmentation and tummy tuck.

It was while observing her daughter playing prior to the surgery that Ms Brumfitt began to question her choice, not only for her own body but from the future perspective of her children.

“I had an epiphany. I thought ‘how am I going to teach Mikaela to have a positive relationship with her body if her mum can’t love her body as it is’,” she said.

Cancelling the surgery, Ms Brumfitt committed to a body building competition and routine aimed to sculpt her physique and led her closer to achieving “the perfect body”.

“I just think, how did I even come to that but I did,” she told 702 ABC Sydney.

“I guess it was a personal, social experiment for me to discover how it would feel to have the perfect body. I got that body. I shredded every ounce of fat and wore a bikini and strutted on a stage and nothing really changed.

What followed has seen Ms Brumfitt lead a global campaign for change, starting with a before and after image of herself posted on her social media account, seen today by more than 100 million people around the world.

2 thoughts on “Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #22

  1. Before my husband and I lived together (making it not solely my decision), I designated my apartment as a clothing optional space. Most people thought I was joking. I wasn’t. Framing nudity as entirely sexual really bugs me, especially when it comes to breasts because it makes me feel like I need to be more guarded about my body and I really don’t need that. Additionally, sometimes it’s just a comfort thing. It gets really humid in the summer where I live and there are so many days when I wish I could just don a loose, flowwy skirt and no top. Soaking my bra with sweat is uncomfortable and gives me breakouts on my back. I think I remember hearing that Neko Case was banned for life from the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville for taking off her shirt during a performance. People initially thought she was trying to provoke a reaction but she explained that she was sweltering and felt like she was about to pass out from the heat on stage. What that scenario says to me is: you are inherently obscene and we’d rather see you lose consciousness than be exposed to your body. Not cool. -LB

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