Saturday, December 29, 2012

Can a Work Out be Anti-feminist?

I'm not sure if these workouts are anti-feminist, or if they just piss me off so much!

The Pole Dancing workout is so 2011. Perhaps you'd like to try the Stiletto Workout featured in the New York Times this Thursday?

Nothing could go wrong here! Who wouldn't want to get her sweat on "in a sexy way" jumping around in foot-deforming stilt-shoes?
Creator Nicole Damaris claims to have come up with the stiletto workout while watching New York women wobbling down the city streets in tottering heels. Girls, she's just trying to help us all walk pretty! We should be super-grateful.
Even if I lived in New York, I think I'd have to give that one a miss. Clearly, though, the Stiletto Workout is a minor, local phenomenon. Very few women are going to drop $25 a class to risk a broken ankle.

What really pisses me off is making women feel like worthless blobs for not looking like an emaciated celebrity, and then selling them a workout to get them to this unreasonable goal. Take the latest "health" product foisted upon us by Gwyneth Paltrow, her own trainer Tracy Anderson's Metamorphosis program, profiled last week in the New York Times.
Look, I have no idea whether this workout is effective. It probably is - if you move around, you get thinner. What drives me crazy is that Anderson is an active participant in slamming new mothers for gaining weight, while trying to peddle videos to get them "Teeny Tiny."
Moreover, Anderson's workouts are based on total gobbledygook.
I’m completely focused on how can I get forces to travel from opposing directions and end up creating a contraction in a muscle that’s going to then pull in. . . . And then as we lose the fat the muscular structure will be vibrating so well that it will have the connective tissues pull the skin back to it.
Yes, these are all words. Good job, TA!
Gary Diffee, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who examined some of her claims, said, “Like many things of this type, the science seems to be a mixture of true, kind of true, true but irrelevant to the point she is trying to make, and wrong.”  
No, she doesn't have a degree in exercise science, "I am so hard on myself with not deviating the amount of time that I have for research and development of the method.”

But she is endorsed by Gwyneth and Madonna, so we should all click right through and order those videos immediately. Even better, let's all book the $4,300 Hawaii Detox Week so we can work out and enjoy vegan smoothies with Tracy Anderson (diarrhea included, no extra charge)!

If you live in America, you know the shitstorm of criticism celebrity Jessica Simpson endured because of her pregnancy weight gain. First we were supposed to buy the magazine.

Then we should sign up with Weight Watchers, which gave her an endorsement deal for losing the baby weight immediately, like a good girl should.


Ladies, this game sucks, and we don't have to play it! We have to stop handing our credit cards over to people who just want to make a buck off of making us feel like crap.

For years I have exercised with Orthodox Jewish women, many of whom have several children. These ladies are not in there sweating week in and week out because they want to look like they've never had kids. They work out to take care of themselves and be healthy. We are grown women - we shouldn't think less of ourselves for not looking like teenagers. And we sure as hell shouldn't get manipulated into buying junk-science from a woman who thinks the best thing a mother can do is look like she isn't one.

Today's $5 is for the Women's Sports Foundation, which promotes sports for girls not so they can look "hot," but so they can be healthy for the rest of their lives.

And one more thing: If Gwyneth's doctor tells her to combat anemia and vitamin D deficiency by eating "no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy," then they're both full of crap! So don't buy her book.

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