Getting a Grip on our Views on Sexuality

I was at a dinner party this weekend and we were talking about the HBO show, Game of Thrones. As soon as it came up, one of the husbands got aggravated and said he hated the show because there was so much gratuitous sexuality and nudity.  This led, predictably, to a divide of those who … Continue reading Getting a Grip on our Views on Sexuality

Globe and Mail Coverage of Rob Ford – made me like each of them less

The Globe and Mail did a feature article yesterday on Rob Ford's family association with drug dealing.  By many accounts, Rob's brother Doug - a Toronto city councillor and Rob's most trusted advisor - dealt hash while in high school.  It was a major article, running four pages, digging up scores of high school associates … Continue reading Globe and Mail Coverage of Rob Ford – made me like each of them less

What happens when the pursuits of “skinny” and “strong” collide?

Fit and Feminist

By now I’m sure most of you are familiar with the saying “Strong is the new skinny.”  It shows up fairly regularly on fitspo images and in fitness circles as a way of promoting a new standard of female beauty, one that is focused on strength and physical power instead of weight loss and restriction.  The words are often accompanied by photos of women showing off glistening muscles while they pose with weights or perform feats of bodyweight strength.  If you have spent any time at all in the fit-o-sphere, you’ve seen what I’m talking about.

Now, I support the general idea behind the phrase.  I would prefer that women – and men, really – work to cultivate their bodies’ abilities rather than fight against them in an attempt to meet our culture’s incredibly fickle beauty standards.  But I also have some issues with the execution, which, as I…

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