Feminist Figure Girl

July 4th, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

Ahhh I love when feminists fuck around with expectations.

43-year old University of Alberta art history professor Lianne McTavish, who was once a self-described “dowdy ass-kicking feminist,” has devoted her research and activism to reproductive rights and teaching students about body image in the Renaissance period. Oh yeah, and competing in a figure competition — just because it was there.

Check out her well-written and engaging blog here. It’s full of great lines, such as her contemplation of her future physique career: “Would I become a figure addict, repeatedly drawn to the allure of sparkly tits, slippery muscles, and a purse full of cold, cooked egg whites?”

Naturally, I’m sure that many mainstream media morons and clueless academics alike have already started cackling about how she’s selling out. And hell, maybe she’s selling out like a Wal-Mart whorehouse (sorry, discount store sex worker place of employment). But she’s messing with your head as she does it, isn’t she? Aren’t you already asking yourself some tough questions, like What is a feminist doing in a bikini? and Could her references to Louis XIV possibly be more apropos and droll?

Ha ha! Now you are hooked!


  1. David says:

    July 4th, 2011at 12:52 pm(#)

    Nice! A new blog to devour during my long night shift. I always enjoy startling the owls with my snickers of enjoyment.

  2. Teneshia says:

    July 4th, 2011at 1:32 pm(#)

    my procrastinating student brain eats blogs like this like kale chips.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sharon says:

    July 6th, 2011at 1:17 pm(#)

    Okaaaaaay – so I read this post: http://feministfiguregirl.com/category/anorexic/ and she said that day was a “Medium food day”, where she ate:
    170 grams of bison,
    8 egg whites,
    60 grams of sweet potatoes,
    115 grams of basa,
    140 grams of chicken,
    215 grams of brussels sprouts,
    100 grams of butternut squash,
    55 grams of wheat bran, and
    one scoop of protein powder.

    Holy crap! What does a “heavy” food day look like?

  4. Erica says:

    July 11th, 2011at 9:09 am(#)

    Ah yes! I too not only love it when feminists fuck with people’s heads, but when other feminists realize that fat activism isn’t the only feminist way to relate to bodies.

  5. Terra says:

    July 11th, 2011at 4:51 pm(#)

    Okay, I’ve read the blog from beginning to end and enjoyed it thoroughly. You Canadian gals are seriously kick-ass.

    I wouldn’t say she’s selling out at all. She went into this mindfully, with an amazing degree of self-awareness. I love that coming out of this she’s decided to go on to be a pro bono trainer to women who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a trainer.

    Anyway, I always thought feminism was about choice and self-determination. Adhering to some militant-feminist norm isn’t necessarily any better than adhering to some societal norm.

  6. Liz says:

    August 2nd, 2011at 5:47 am(#)

    Love your site, but feminist figure girl things I can’t be strong because I am a housewife. All women can be strong. I am working out a friend now who hikes and mountain bikes. I go her through a full routine last night and I suspect she is really feeling it today because she was unbalanced. She is going to be stronger than she thought possible when I am done with her.

    What is it with people and stupid categories?

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