Fit Is a Feminist Issue picks up on a conversation we (blog co-founders Sam and Tracy) have been having for more than two decades about feminism and fitness. It started in 2012, two years before our 50th birthdays when we set ourselves a goal: to be the fittest we’ve ever been in our lives by the time we hit 50 (on August 31 (Sam) and September 24 (Tracy) in 2014). As professional philosophers, it’s second nature for us to ask questions: what does it mean to be fit? What are appropriate measures for the goal? And, from a feminist perspective, in what way(s) does women’s quest for fitness and health contribute to empowerment and/or oppression? You’ll find some posts about our personal approaches to fitness/health, and some posts that are more reflective, critical and meant to challenge common assumptions. As the Fit Is a Feminist Issue community has grown, we’ve been joined by other regular bloggers (some post weekly, others monthly) as well as occasional guests. Their posts add to the diversity of voices about feminist approaches to fitness. We like to have fun with the whole thing and hope you do, too.
And we’ve written a book, Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey. We give our personal accounts of the Fittest by 50 Challenge and talk about a lot of the issues we discuss on the blog. It’s official publication is in Spring 2018 (Greystone Books) on April 14th (Canada) and 17th (US). Order it today on Amazon.