The Runners (1907): Leaky Hegemony

Fifteen for Section 15, #2 The City of Toronto has many great archival images of sport, but this one of women running on Toronto Island c. 1907 is my favourite. I love it because of the juxtaposition of the runners’ clothing with their facial expressions. The runners’ determination is clear from the strain on the … Continue reading “The Runners (1907): Leaky Hegemony”

Fifteen for Section 15 (& Nine for IX)

This summer ESPN released nine documentaries about women’s sport, in honour of the thirtieth anniversary of Title IX. Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments Act (USA, 1972) that requires federally funded schools to provide equal opportunities to girls and boys. Applied to sport, this provision has resulted in increased opportunities and funding … Continue reading “Fifteen for Section 15 (& Nine for IX)”

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Issue 30.1

An image from one of my projects is featured on the cover of the current issue of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (30.1). It is an illustration by Dr. Ingrid Laue who was the editor of “The Bolster, ” the newsletter of Vancouver fat acceptance organization Large as Life (LAL). LAL was active in … Continue reading “Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Issue 30.1”

Why I’m not surprised by the Geoffrey Miller Twitter controversy

Earlier this week Geoffrey Miller, a Stanford-educated NYU lecturer with a permanent appointment at the University of New Mexico, tweeted the following: “Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth” Miller subsequently deleted the tweet, apologized, and has since … Continue reading “Why I’m not surprised by the Geoffrey Miller Twitter controversy”

Ethics of “Obesity Epidemic” to be Examined at International Workshop

A group of 20 international experts on obesity will gather in Kitchener-Waterloo on the weekend of October 20-21, to share insights into the social and cultural dimensions of obesity in Canada. Attendees will reflect on the ethical and equity issues that arise in the treatment of people deemed obese. “As the obesity epidemic and critical … Continue reading “Ethics of “Obesity Epidemic” to be Examined at International Workshop”

Betty Draper Joins Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers (WW) was created by Jean Nidetch, a self-described “fat housewife.” Nidetch felt embarrassed and ashamed about her weight, especially after a bad experience with a “skinny nazi” diet instructor at a New York “obesity” clinic. Nidetch felt it would be less intimidating to diet with her friends and so she organized a support … Continue reading “Betty Draper Joins Weight Watchers”

The Fat Studies Journal, vol. 1, 1.

The first issue of The Fat Studies Journal is now available in print and online. I’ve contributed a review article on exercise options for fat people, and I’m very pleased to be part of this new project. Building on The Fat Studies Reader (2010), the FSJ will examine the historical, social and cultural fascination with … Continue reading “The Fat Studies Journal, vol. 1, 1.”

Jane, Again: Fonda’s ‘third act’ and a return to aerobics

Given my frequent posts on exercise and list of publications on aerobics, you’ll likely be unsurprised to know I follow Jane Fonda on Twitter and read her blog. She posts frequently – links to her personal website, and announcements about her TV appearances. Fonda recently posted a TED talk. TED, tagline “ideas worth spreading,” is a both a conference and virtual … Continue reading “Jane, Again: Fonda’s ‘third act’ and a return to aerobics”

Read Mindy Kaling’s Book

Subtitle of this post: if you like the same stuff I like. I like popular culture that deals with regular people and everyday concerns. So, Mindy Kaling’s new book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was a treat to read. The book is short, mostly biographical, and includes some sharp observations about beauty and the body … Continue reading “Read Mindy Kaling’s Book”