Anonymous said: Why do you not like tbl?
Because it’s body shaming and encourages super unhealthy behaviors while pretending to care about people’s health?
Here are a few longer pieces about why it is awful:
The Curvy Nerd on its body shaming awfulness
The New York Times on how unhealthy it is
That Feminist Dyke on the show’s exploitation of the contestants and the encouraging of eating disorders
Personally, watching it makes me anxious and makes me want to slip into old ED behaviors. Hearing my mom talk about it (she loves the show) has the same effect. 10% of my anger directed at the show is because of the above explanations and worries and general culture and the contestants themselves and 90% of my anger is because of my own need for self-preservation.
As a rookie this past season, Knight not only led all-American players in scoring, ranking third overall among all CWHL skaters, she became the first American to win the CWHL Most Valuable Player Award. She would follow it up by leading all players in post-season scoring, as the Boston Blades captured their first-ever Clarkson Cup. …
Should Knight help the U.S. claim its first Olympic Winter Games gold medal in women’s hockey since 1998, the first to feature women’s hockey, she will be in rarified air. The victory would provide her with a unique grand slam in women’s hockey: Olympic gold, IIHF gold, a Clarkson Cup and an NCAA championship. The first (and only) American woman to have accomplished this was the legendary Jenny Potter. …
One day, Knight’s name in women’s hockey may be synonymous with the sport, such as Jennie Finch in softball, Serena Williams in tennis or Abby Wambach in soccer.
As one of the faces of the U.S. Women’s National Team, there is no question that the rest of the sporting world will soon catch up to Hilary Knight. Quickly emerging as a household name, she is proudly continuing the legacy of past American pioneers such as Cammi Granato and Angela Ruggiero.
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be-wondered said: Your blog is incredible- I've always been athletically built and have spent so much of my 22 years back and forth from hockey, soccer, track, volleyball, yoga, etc. It is such a shame that the new "fitspo" sends the message of what "healthy" looks like- Chiseled abs, bis, and quads. This is not natural, and these people spend unhealthy amounts of time in fitness facilities, not eating, and taking supplements. FINALLY your blog provides us with what staying healthy and athletic really looks like.
This was such a terrific compliment to receive; it’s exactly what I had hoped to get across with this blog. Thank you for reading!
It was announced on Facebook this morning that Paul Buceta and his team will be publishing a brand new magazine called “STRONG.” Here’s what Buceta explains gave birth to his new endeavour:
After almost a decade of photographing some of the world’s most elite female athletes, models and competitors, I have witnessed an evolution in women’s fitness. Women are having a dramatic impact on the industry. They are embracing their strengths, pushing their limits and redefining what it means to be fit. Women are stronger and more empowered than ever before, and I believe there is a need for a magazine that reflects that.
And so, I sought out a team of passionate, fit women who shared my vision. I wanted to do more than showcase women and their athletic achievements; I wanted to celebrate them, encourage them and inspire them.
Although I’m hesitant to believe that strong and athletic women are a particularly novel creature -given the underrepresented history of women’s physical culture and strength sports- I’ll resolve to believe that the mainstream fitness media is taking a new turn onto the path featuring athleticism as the new standard of fitness. But even this new leaf in fitness media is complicated and problematic. The icon of “Thinspo” has been contrived into “Fitspo,” which can deceivingly tote empowerment and body positivity; however, it’s been said by others that the Fitspo movement is perhaps Thinspo in disguise, with abs, wearing 2.5” Nike combat shorts, heaving a sandbag of leftover disordered thinking and eating habits.
There are many elite female athletes who are not represented by this industry and who go without sponsorships, photo shoots and magazine interviews. Mr. Buceta: I will not buy your talk of empowerment and strength unless you have Cheryl Hayworth, Jill Mills and Iris Kyle (who is, by the way, the most successful bodybuilder of all time- male or female) featured on the pages of your magazine. I am challenging you to prove that you are a better and more innovative photographer than those who produce what makes this current industry. If you aim to inspire women to pursue athletic fitness, it’s your duty to fairly represent the variety of athletic bodies that have empowered themselves through sport- ranging from the fitness model and physique competitor to the Strongwoman athlete and Powerlifter. I’m challenging you to take those elite female athletes who are busting their asses to be and become the best in their sport, with or without the accolade of publicity or being celebrated, and give them a face and voice in this industry. I believe that you are beyond capable of only shooting professional fitness models and female athletes who fit the mold of society’s narrow standards of beauty. It’s not a task that is too much for you or beyond you. I’m challenging you to bring artistry back into photography. Your position of influence and ability to represent a variety of self-empowered women can incite your readers to empower themselves. Your potential to innovate beyond what makes present modern fitness media is part of what can drive a new movement. You have more power than you think.
And so I eagerly await to see what you create.
Signed, your friend,
And by the way, in the photo above, the plates on that barbell are backwards ;)
Sophie Rodriguez of France competes during FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup Semi Finals on day 10 of the Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort on August 24, 2013 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (August 23, 2013 - Source: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images AsiaPac) (via Winter Games NZ - Day 10: FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup Finals - Pictures - Zimbio)