Friday, March 09, 2012

You Can Strip, But Not You

This article by Jan Moir for the Daily Mail got me thinking—Stripping off for gold: How our super-fit Olympic hopefuls just can't keep their kit on.

As do so many American athletes, there seems to be a trend in stripping down for the cameras for publicity’s sake.

We expect and accept it from celebrities like actresses and models, but how does the public feel about elite athletes doing the same?

Do athletes posing nude denigrate the sport?

I’m not sure I really see the difference between popular athletes and celebrities. I mean, why should it be acceptable for only some people to make some extra bucks with their bodies and not others? Don’t stars and athletes already make a living off their “bodies”?

Look at Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. If we’re really going to get upset about something, why not question that age old practice of saying looking at beautiful half-naked women is a sport.

Interview at My Wild Skies

My editor at Pink Fish Press, Sarah Martinez, interviewed me for her Blog, My Wild Skies.

Check out her interview and please leave comments if you are so inclined!

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mila Kunis Talks About the Wrong Way to Lose Weight

Diane Mapes writes Mila Kunis, 'Black Swan' and how extreme diets warp your body for Today health on MSNBC.

Mapes addresses an important issue that I’ve often stressed to my yoga clients—it’s not good to lose weight too fast!

I’ve had female clients who wanted weight loss NOW! I always try to encourage women that rapid weight loss is not only not healthy for you, but can actually cause the exact opposite result of what you are trying to achieve.

“Already lean, Kunis dropped 20 pounds in order to play Natalie Portman's ballerina frenemy in "Black Swan." At 95 pounds, Kunis says "I was muscles, like a little brick house, but skin and bones."

Unfortunately, when she gained the weight back, Kunis says it ended up in completely different places.”
Isn’t this what every mother experiences?

We gain weight rapidly; our poor bodies stretch and moan. Then as quickly as the weight was gained, a vast majority of it is dropped out quite quickly (Well, if you consider ten hours of labor “quick”).

“Andrea N. Giancoli, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says redistributed weight isn't uncommon after drastic weight loss (and weight gain).

"What often happens with extreme weight loss and when you lose weight very quickly is that you lose muscle tissue," she says. "Unfortunately, when we gain the weight back, it comes back as fat."”
This phenomenon has a lot to do with why we see so much yo-yo dieting—ups and downs in weight loss and gain.

“If you're dieting, Giancoli advises you shoot for losing 1-2 pounds a week, which gives your body opportunity to adapt to the weight loss and minimizes the loss of lean tissue and muscle.”
Perhaps some women may not be happy that they won’t see the immediate results they desire, but in the long run (I know it’s sometimes hard to consider that), you’ll be much healthier and happier!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

But I'm Going to Be a Doctor One Day!

Gawker explains Stripping To Pay Your Way Through Med School Definitively A Real Thing.
“ABC News points us to an editorial that claims nearly 10% of medical students in the UK, up from 6% in 2006, know someone who has participated in sex work in an effort to pay off the rising cost of medical school...

Past surveys have noted that pole and lap dancing are the most popular type of sex work of which students participate. Stripping is second and prostitution came third, according to the report.”
So where do people really stand on this issue?

Do you think it’s more permissible to be a stripper if a woman is using the money for a greater good?

I mean, if a woman is using her dollar bills to become a doctor, does that make it more acceptable than if she is just partying away her bills?

Stripping Down is Free Today for Kindle!

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Stripping as a Feminst Act

Please check out Great Debates, which is a new platform, where Huffington Post pits two expert bloggers against one another to tackle some of today's most pressing issues.

In their first Great Debate, Can Stripping Ever Be Feminist?, stripper-turned-author Sheila Hageman blogs that you can take your clothes off for men and still be a feminist, whilst women's rights campaigner Navprit Rai insists stripping can never be a feminist statement.