Tomorrow: Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma

Tomorrow afternoon I’m speaking at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) in Waterloo, Ontario. My talk, “Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma” examines how the problems that we associate with obesity have shifted over time, from religious (sin) to moral (poor character) to health issues. Obesity’s history means that, when we try to engage the public … Continue reading “Tomorrow: Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma”

Fitness Fashion: Guest Post for Fit is a Feminist Issue

Click on over to Fit is a Feminist Issue (FIFI) and read my guest post on fitness fashion. I argue that finding cute fitness clothing is a feminist act. Yes, really. FIFI is a blog started by two feminists and philosophers, Tracy and Samantha. It started a site for them to reflect on the implications … Continue reading “Fitness Fashion: Guest Post for Fit is a Feminist Issue”

‘New’ Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Impossible: CBC Health News

The findings of a research study can often be distilled to an amazing headline. And when that research is on a popular health topic like superfoods or cancer research, it can draw a lot of interest. But popular health reporting has drawn critiques from academics for presenting individual studies out of context, misleading and confusing … Continue reading “‘New’ Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Impossible: CBC Health News”

Feminism and Technology @ The Berks

I wrote a post over at ActiveHistory.ca about feminism and technology at the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians. The Berks starts this week and, as part of my work for the media committee, I felt compelled to think a little bit about the history of feminism and technology. Feminists have sometimes felt uneasy about technology, … Continue reading “Feminism and Technology @ The Berks”

Silken Laumann: Unsinkable

Fifteen for 15 #7 Silken Laumann’s was the first name I wrote down for Fifteen for 15. She stands out to me because of her physicality and the way it has been used by advertisers, which I’ll talk about below. Her tenacious comeback from injury to win a bronze at the Barcelona Olympic games is … Continue reading “Silken Laumann: Unsinkable”

Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer

Fifteen for 15 #6 This morning Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the Canadian flag into Fisht Stadium in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Games. My first thought on hearing Wickenheiser was going to be flag bearer was, great choice! My second thought was, she’s competing in another Olympics? Hayley Wickenheiser has been a member … Continue reading “Hayley Wickenheiser: Flag Bearer, Standard-Bearer”

The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club

Fifteen for Section 15 #5 With a winning average of 95 percent, The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club, “The Grads,” are among the most successful teams in sport history. Basketball was a relatively new sport for girls when the Grads formed in 1915. Unlike gymnastics and military drill, which were usually offered to school-aged girls, … Continue reading “The Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club”

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

I’m volunteering with the media committee of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, which is being held in Canada for the first time from 22-25 May. The “Big Berks” brings together scholars from different fields interested in the history of women, studies of gender, sexuality, bodies, colonialism and feminist theory. Anyway, this, plus a few … Continue reading “Berkshire Conference of Women Historians”

Clara Hughes: Changing the Conversation About Sport and Health

Fifteen for Section 15 #4 What makes a great athlete? For me, it is someone who is accomplished but who has also shaped or changed the cultural conversation in some way. In his book Celebrity: Fame in Contemporary Culture, David Marshall likens the place of the “celebrity” in contemporary culture to Roland Barthes’ conception of … Continue reading “Clara Hughes: Changing the Conversation About Sport and Health”

Barbara Ann Scott: No Fragile Mamet

Fifteen for Section 15, #3 Written accounts of Barbara Ann Scott, the 1947 and 1948 European and World Champion women’s figure skater, and 1948 Olympic gold medalist, offered exhausting descriptions of her appearance. A 1948 Time magazine attempt extended to a paragraph: Barbara Ann, with a peaches-and-cream complexion, saucer-size blue eyes and a rosebud mouth, … Continue reading “Barbara Ann Scott: No Fragile Mamet”