It’s been a while since I did one of these posts but there have been so many blogs recently that I wanted to share so here we go…. Some inspiration this week but mainly just lots of interesting opinions. Feminism and fitness has been a popular topic recently with the #likeagirl ad at the Superbowl and #thisgirlcan campaign in the UK. This ALWAYS leads to backlash as there are some men who will always find something to criticise about “feminism”. Let’s get that straight immediately – women are half the world. We are not one homogenous group. We have hugely varying opinions, desires, needs, wants. Feminism has to try and encompass all of this and therefore it is possible to have two feminists that disagree on practically everything EXCEPT the one most important thing – women should be equal.
So with that in mind, here are some great blogs/posts I think you should read and enjoy 🙂
- I posted raving about the This Girl Can campaign a few weeks ago. Jess at One Step Closer had a slightly different take on it. I am still not sure I agree with her (see our conversation in the comments) but it certainly got me thinking about the campaign in more depth. I think part of what This Girl Can is doing is making young girls see that sport isn’t “not feminine” and they don’t have to become “more masculine” in order to do it. Having said that, as Jess says in her post, it would be nice for the message to be “it doesn’t matter whether sport is feminine or not”. I still love the campaign 🙂
- During the SuperBowl, the Always #LikeAGirl ad was shown. I’ve seen this ad a few times before and I love it. It kind of chokes me up actually. “You’re such a girl” should in no way be an insult and it is pretty ridiculous that it is when you think about all the amazing women / girls out there in whatever sphere. I really liked this post by Nevie at Writing Reading Running on her reaction to the ad. It’s definitely inspiring.
- These Boys Can Too by Becca at Om Run Nom – a new initiative to get men doing yoga but is it based on some sexist stereotypes? Stereotypes continue in the comments – something that immediately makes my hackles raise are comments along the lines of “all feminists” for the reasons written above! Here’s the website and I’ve got to admit I quite fancy the founder. The website makes it all look lovely, some incredibly attractive men doing great yoga. I’m all in favour of getting more people to do yoga although my personal view is that it’s sad that the emphasis is on the “all male” – for the record, I’m also not a fan of “all female” exercise groups either. Every yoga class I’ve been to has a pretty even split between male and female, and it’s one of those things like triathlon, like running, like swimming, that men and women can do together and I’d much rather live in a world without artificial gender splits. But anyway…..
- I love Caitlin’s Fit and Feminist blog for posts like this on why being a feminist is the opposite of being a man-hater (and many other wonderful posts) but the one for today is “forget internet memes: my fitspo comes from real life”. Firstly for the inspiration in the blog itself, and secondly for the link through to this excellent article on the effect of “No Excuses” captions to Instagram pics of mums with ripped abs and cute children.
Our bodies are our own business, and truly empowering messages revolve around what we can learn to do with them rather than how we can shift and starve and shape them to look a certain way.
I’ve stared at those pictures and wanted abs like that, of course I have. Then I’ve remembered how much I love the freshly baked chocolate cookies sold at work, and my boyfriend’s fantastic cooking, and training for triathlon interspersed with being curled up on the couch reading a good book or watching a film, or being in the pub laughing with my mates. My #excuse is that the pursuit of the so-called “perfect” (I dispute that) body is not my aim in life – not even close. My #excuse is that there are so many other things I love doing rather than dedicate myself to having ripped abs! What’s your excuse?