Tag Archives: health

1200 Calories? What Fitness Advice for Women Leaves Out Compared to Men’s

20 Feb

Like myself, Sophie is sassy, and seemingly alarmed by how women and men are targeted differently (and wrongly) by fitness gurus and media alike. Check out her awesome post in its entirety, but here’s a snip-it…


I don’t know why “1200” managed to be the magic number of calories women should consume if they want to lose weight.

I don’t even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1200 a day and do cardio. I don’t know how it got in to all of our collective brains, but somehow it did (if any ladies remember how or when they first heard the 1200-calorie rule-of-thumb for losing weight, please let me know via comment box).

What I do know is that 1200 is the general number of calories health professionals say women cannot drop below without suffering negative health consequences.

Interesting, isn’t it? 1200 calories. The…

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Protect Your Pussy! Rape-Resistant Underwear Soon To Hit The Streets

18 Nov

Critics are skeptical whether a new line of anti-rape garments truly prevent sex attacks, although the designers, AR Wear,  have raised more than $50,000 on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.


Ladies, are you aware that common activities such as clubbing, going out on a date, running alone at night or traveling abroad could all lead to potentially dangerous situations? Are you properly equipped with any defense tactics and/or weapons in the event of a sexual assault? Is your cooch? This is the logic of AR Wear, the makers of  a new rape-resistant clothing line that includes yoga pants, shorts and underwear that promise to keep women safe and unwanted sex predators at bay.

The material creates a barrier that even the most determined rapists can’t break, rip or cut, “so that women and girls can have more power to control the outcome of a sexual assault.”

Cut-resistant straps and webbing create an “innovative skeletal structure” that the wearer locks at the waistband, so they can’t be pulled down or pushed aside.

But the AR Wear insists the garments are comfortable and easy to get off — wearers can release the hold by turning a tiny lock to a designated clock position.

Despite criticism, there’s clearly interest. The designers have raised more than $52,000 on Indiegogo — enough to start producing their line. They expect the pieces to sell between $50 and $60 online and are experimenting with plus-size and men’s lines.

The idea seems tactful, but I have a few issues with relying on carbon fiber panties to escape an attacker.

First off, women shouldn’t be expected to change. Here we go again with allowing men to do whatever the hell they want. Instead of correcting the cause, AR Wear is trying to prevent the effect.  Rape is never a victim’s fault, but ladies, you must exalt some common sense. Here’s some tips:

1. Don’t be a skank! Have some self r-e-s-p-e-c-t

If traveling to an unfamiliar place or with new people, take caution! Don’t leave your drink unattended, don’t get trashed, don’t stray from your friends. Don’t go home with a stranger, don’t bring a stranger home (especially if he appears to be foaming at the mouth…) These are textbook guidelines you learned in health class.

2.  Don’t Be Helpless

Take a self-defense class, and learn how to protect yourself from potential attackers. I carry pepper spray at times and am not afraid to use it. My loud and sharp mouth is also a great deterrent…

While AR Wear is a good idea as a last resort, I feel that it will cause some women to falsely believe they don’t need to be conscious of their environment.  If it came down to it, I don’t know if the garments would even do any good. I can imagine a rapist’s frustration when he’s unable to get through these things. If there is one thing I would assume it’s to not piss off somebody that potentially has a weapon.

Let’s invest in our youth with comprehensive sexuality education, which includes education about communication, healthy relationships and consent. Let’s teach our youth how to clearly say yes or no, how to protect themselves, and what to do if they have an encounter that doesn’t feel OK.

Let’s stop putting all the emphasis on what women need to do to protect themselves. Let’s put more emphasis on what everyone needs to do to ensure there is consent before engaging in sexual activity.  This won’t stop all rape, but neither will the underwear.