About Fit is a Feminist Issue

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.

14 thoughts on “About Fit is a Feminist Issue

  1. So glad I stumbled upon your blog!! I loved your post about good and evil foods. I definitely agree with you – the judgement and the guilt FUEL unhealthy eating habits involving guilt and shame! I’m excited to read more from you lovely ladies! 🙂


  2. I love, Love, LOVE your blog! I’m passionate about fitness and eating well for the sake of making every moment count and it’s so refreshing to find like-minded, strong, confident women preaching the same message. I look forward to your upcoming posts.


  3. That’s awesome, glad that one performed so well!
    By the way, I have sent a suggestion to your website.
    Will be glad to hear from you.


  4. I am a plus size female athelete. I have a resting heart rate of 56 which is due to my level of fitness. 46 years old. Recovering from an eating disorder, and feeling like a square peg in a Round hole. I have spent most of of my adult life being active at this size with a short time when my kids were small as a couch potato. But have gotten to a stage where I kind of like surprising people that a woman this size can indeed be strong and fit. Ice hockey and ball hockey are my sports of choice. Also love kick boxing when I have time, and bootcamp style workouts and weight training, yoga. Whatever I can fit in around my teen girls and my sports schedules. I experienced a shift in my thinking with help of therapy this past year to focus on fitness and food for other reasons… that it feels good. This is a switch from eating and moving for weight loss focus as I did for so many years.( and failed at). Foods were identified as good or evil and so eating in secret and in shame was a huge part of my life I have been able to let go. Oh what I would tell my younger self if I could!

    So glad to have found your blog today!


  5. Hi,

    Amit here from Neomam Studios again.

    Most Americans say they aren’t getting enough sleep.

    And it may surprise you just how diverse sleeping patterns are from state to state .: http://www.homes.com/blog/2016/12/what-time-does-america-go-to-bed/
    (And if you think the US has it bad, look at the stats for Seoul’s citizens!)

    Is this something you’d like to share on Fit Is a Feminist Issue? I can send over a hi-res version right away.

    Thanks for your time!


  6. Feeling so grateful I discovered your blog (and hence your book, which I just bought) after some VERY persistent googling. I’m a 52 year-old writer struggling right now with recovering from some injuries and some substantial muscle loss that resulted from enforced inactivity. Sigh. Grim day today at the gym as I returned to upper-body workouts, facing the music—or rather the sight of my emaciated arms in the mirror—after months of being unable to do any upper body work. But anyway! This is all to say thank you so much for the work you do and I so looking forward to reading more in the future.

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  7. Hello ladies! A friend shared your upcoming lecture at the Words festival in London and it led me to find your blog! I’m so excited to catch up on what you’ve been doing!

    I am a dietitian here in London.. wrestling with where I fit into this profession as I deal with menopause, body changes and competing priorities that have left fitness in the dust! I am definitely not a dietitian poster child!! I’m learning a lot about the Health at Every Size movement and a kinder, gentler way to treat myself.

    I look forward to your talk and your book!!



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