Why feminism is still needed

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

Michael Rowe shared this on Facebook with the following comment: “I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if a male author who had sold 30 million copies of one book (in this case, THE THORN BIRDS, which was made into the second-highest rated miniseries of all time) was eulogized as being “plain of feature and certainly overweight,” especially in the first paragraph of his obituary. I’m still wondering, because I just can’t picture it happening. (Photo by @vanbadham, via Twitter.)

Thanks Peter K for sharing

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Evidence, Who Needs It – Doctors Gone Wild Part 2

Some fabulous points from Ragen at Dances with Fat about evidence based medicine. I could so easily reblog everything Regan writes. I chose to reblog this one because I am Canadian and Ragen points out somthing really stupid that some Canadian task force is doing.

Dances With Fat

WTF are you doingA couple of days ago I wrote about the absolutely horrible medical guidelines that suggest that doctors should try to make fat people thin with diet drugs, and only then treat our actual health issues.  In response many people asked me why I don’t trust doctors (you know, besides the fact that the doctor who wrote the guidelines in on the payroll of multiple companies that sell diet drugs.)

Now the Canadians have come along and made my point for me. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Healthcare has issued a “strong recommendation” that primary care physicians should measure body mass index (BMI) at every visit.  If you know anything about the deeply problematic nature of BMI, you might wonder why in the world they would make a strong recommendation to do that.  No problem, Dr. Paula Brauer (a Ph.D and Registered Dietician) was happy to explain: the…

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My current exercise plan

I spent a long time working with the very standard 3 sets of 8-12 reps when doing my strength training. Which was totatly fine for a time. I got a lot out of doing that when I first got back to working out in a gym. But after awhile I found I had adapted. and it was boring. So for last little while I have changed things up. I have changed my rep and set rangs, doing a lot of supersetting to keep me moving more and have also been trying a different body part breakdown. It is has been working very well. Personally I find my body responds well to splitting my strength training up by body parts. But while working full-time combined with a crappy Canadian winter getting to the gym more than three times per week can be tough so I have just given myself permission to only go three times per week. I complement those workouts with 2-3 home based workouts.

I have been splitting my days as chest/back, legs/tricep, shoulders/biceps. The first superset I do on each day I pick a solid compound exercise for each body part for that day and do 5-7 sets varying my rep ranges. I rest a maximum of 1 min between sets. Then I do two or three more supersets of four sets each with a rep range of 8-15 depending on the how the weight feels. I have made some good strength gains, especially on my weak points like biceps, shoulders, and back. And my workouts are actually done quicker and feel more intense than past workouts where I did three sets of more exercises without the supersetting. Also incline walking after my strength workouts has been a nice addition to my cardio rotation. I always walk my dog a lot so walking never really struck me as a “workout” but cranking up the incline on the treadmill and setting a brisk pace is very effective cardio. I especially like tagging it on the end of my leg workout.

Sample WeeK
Day 1: Chest/back (gym)
Day 2: home workout – eg. cardio kickboxing, aerobics, spinning
Day 3: Legs/triceps (gym)
Day 4: Home workout – eg. yoga/pilates, low impact cardio/fusion workout
Day 5: Shoulders/biceps (gym)
Day 6: Home workout eg. cardo kickboxing, aerobics, plyometric drills, kettlebell work
Day 7: Rest

Some workout idea basics: Body weight & weighted circuits

Bodyweight circuit-Peform 3-5 times, with 1 min rest after exercise 5:
1) pull up x15
2) sit up x15
3) body weight squat x15
4) press-up x15
5) box jump x15

Weighted circuit-Perform 3-5 times (pick up some heavier weights for these), 1-2 minutes rest after exercise 5:
1) back squat x8
2) bench press x8
3) shoulder press x8
4) deadlift x8
5) cable row w/ wide pronated grip x8

What is with the double take? I don’t get it.

A little while ago I was hanging out with freinds. We were playing fibbage and chatting. I don’t remember how it came up in conversation, but at one point I let the words “feminist” and “I am” slip out of my mouth in the same sentence. The look on my friend’s face would have been more suitable for my having slapped him across the face. He asked me “Really? You?!” I am not sure what he found so surprising. Did I do something or act in a way that indicated I was not feminist? I know I don’t own a “not a feminist” t-shirt. Or is it really that horrible of a word?

I don’t get it.

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