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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #51

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?

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

Lush Products’ Body Positive Ad Gets the Smack Down

Lush Australia is part of the beauty product company known for using ethically sourced ingredients, hand making their products, and fighting animal testing  (Full disclosure: Their Dragon’s Egg bathbombs rock my world and while they’ve never given me free product, I’m still holding out hope!) Recently they wanted to create an ad campaign to speak out against excess packaging They decided that they could also speak out for body positivity in the same ad ….


Breast cancer marketers and politicians have the same foundational ideology. They appeal to the part of us that wants to think we’re helping others. By playing to our emotions – the patriotic, flag-waving, pink-ribbon-wearing side – they get us amped up, and our wisdom goes out the window because our hearts are too full of pink mush. The actual issues, though, are deeper than the glib slogans and speeches.

There is a Buddhist mantra – “when the heart and mind are united, anything is possible.” Wisdom without compassion is cruelty. Compassion without wisdom is idiot compassion. Idiot compassion is what gets politicians elected, and it’s what makes money hand-over-fist for the NFL and many other organizations in the name of breast cancer.

Before I got breast cancer, I did the Race for the Cure. I was a pink-ribbon-shoelace wearing gal. My compassion was huge, but I had not once researched what Komen was actually doing to help find a cure. I just assumed that anyone who says they are doing good in the name of cancer is actually doing good in the name of cancer. Apparently, I was a little naive…..


People are mad at this Victoria’s Secret pic because women should have more than half a butt.

Photoshop is a powerful tool if you’re a lingerie company like Victoria’s Secret, because you can ensure that your models look exactly how you want them to in your underwear. That’s true even if the look you’re going for is “woman so perfectly proportioned that she couldn’t ever actually exist.” But with great power comes great responsibility. Specifically, the responsibility when you’re Photoshopping a woman’s butt to make sure you digitally alter both sides so she’s not left as some cheek-less mutant. That is, however, exactly what Vicky S (that’s what I call them; we’re friends) did in this photo that they posted to their Facebook account. The caption on it was “Truly. Madly. Cheekly.” and they must be truly mad not to have noticed they deleted a cheek


From wrongful arrests to the #FreeTheNipple campaign and topless celeb selfies, we trace the last 10 years of nipple censorship…

8 Ways Men Don’t Realize They Are Subtly Shaming Women

The problem with sexism (besides, you know, everything about it) is that it’s sneaky. Sure, there are plenty of blatant instances of gender-based discrimination out there, but the role that sexism plays in many women’s lives is much less obvious. We find it in subtle biases and microaggressions, or in statements that seem innocuous at first but rely on unspoken assumptions about women’s “proper” roles in society. This kind of sexism is hard to combat because a lot of people don’t even realize they’re doing it. I think most guys, for example, aren’t going through their lives consciously thinking “I hate women!” or “Women are inferior!” But that doesn’t mean many of them don’t participate in and perpetuate a culture that shames women simply for existing.


Image from Sex with Timaree,

One thought on “Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #51

  1. OMG. This lights so many fires in me! OK, re: Komen. I quit donating years ago, Cancer is big business, a cure? Forget it, sell drugs and treatments that don’t often work. Nipples? I laughed so hard the first time I saw nipples on a mannequin at the mall. Hypersexualizing mannequins? I thought, why? They were still taboo in fashion. It seems once we get over being naked, like on a nude beach where “imperfection” screams for the first few minutes, a certain beauty of the human form takes over, no matter what it looks like, and then acceptance that we are all the same. Will we ever get there with our clothes on? Not at the rate we are going. Exactly why I use animals to illustrate my stories, there is no judging that goes on instantaneously in the mind and it leaves the reader open for the message. Good post!

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