Back That Thing Up: Cyn Vargas Explores Pole Dancing as a Feminist Practice

Written by Cyn Vargas. Posted in Body Logic Features, Dance, Featured Posts, Fitness

We met for coffee at a shop just three blocks away. I could usually get there in less than two minutes, but on that particular Thursday, it was the longest three blocks of my life. I could hear my thighs eek with each step, and my muscles stretched like rubber bands that are then popped back into place. My arms swung back and forth like they normally do, but my upper body and my back hurt just even taking in a breath. It was the day after I took my first pole dancing class and though I was in pain, I felt pretty damn good.

The coffee shop was full, but I saw my friend near the window. I grabbed some coffee and winced as I made my way up onto the stool.

“You good?” He asked and I told him about the pole dance I had taken the night before. Told him through a smile while I stretched my arms over my head. This is how professional athletes must feel after a big game.

“It may be the feminist in me,” he said, “but that’s stupid.”

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I Did It! I Had a Preventative Double Masectomy

Written by zzz zzz. Posted in Body, Body Logic Features, I Did It! Readers Stories of Personal Triumph

by Krystin Tate

krystin tateI sat in a gray, windowless space, a room typically used to observe children with disabilities. It doubled as the setting of something life changing – receiving test results I wasn’t sure I wanted. But it was too late to run as the genetic counselor handed me a purple folder, a medical Pandora’s box. “The results are positive,” she said, confirming my worst fears.

What she didn’t say, but I knew with a sinking feeling, was that the positive results indicated that my risk of breast cancer was as high as 87%. Barely less than a sure thing.

Think about it this way: if you were boarding a plane with an 87% chance of crashing, would you pray for that 13% chance of safety or high-tail it out of there? It sounds easy, right? But what if it wasn’t a plane crash you feared? That’s what I had to ask myself when I tested for the BRCA2 mutation. Everyone carries the BRCA gene, which works as a tumor suppressor, but when it is mutated it greatly increases the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

All Hail the Fathletes

Written by Ragen Chastain. Posted in Body Logic Features, Featured Posts, Fierce Fatness, Fitness, Think Features

Covered in sweat, arms overflowing with costumes and shoes, sick with a cold, and feeling, as always, that I could have danced better in the competition, I headed from the ballroom to the elevator with thoughts of hot showers and comfortable shoes drifting through my head.  “RAGEN!” I turned to see a judge barreling toward me. Instinctively I retreated until my back was literally against the wall. “I couldn’t stand to look at you.”

ragen chastain, fit fattiesI struggled to understand and compose a response.  Exhausted, not up for a fight, I settled for a plaintive, “ok.” 

Recoiling slightly, she looked me up and down like I had Ebola and, voice dripping with disdain, repeated,“I. Couldn’t. Stand. To. Look. At. You.”


We repeated this four times, she louder and angrier each time, me looking her in the eye, emotionlessly repeating, “ok.”

Had I forgotten my dance panties?  Blatantly ignored the costume rules?  Nope, I had committed a far greater sin: dancing while fat.  And—an even greater atrocity—being good at it. 

A Manifesto for Movement

Written by Marcia Brenner. Posted in Body Logic Features, Featured Posts, Think Features

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Is Sitting Killing You?


Flapping his hands at the wrists, knees stomping to armpits, a boy of about three is chanting, “Banana! Banana! Banana!” He is a few feet from the bench where I am writing and watching him makes me—and all the surrounding adults—smile. His father blandly comments, “are you doing the Banana Dance?” Clearly, this is a repeat performance.

Kids move. Before we start telling them to “sit still” and “stop fidgeting” they will spin and twist and drop to the floor and kick and roll because children respond to their bodily instincts to explore, to learn, to move, without hesitation or ego.

kids dancingAs adults, sadly, our lives often demand we put our bodies in a “time out.” Despite the fact that our bodies were engineered for movement, about two-thirds of Americans spend most of their work days hunched over computers. On average, when you factor in television, internet, and sleeping, we spend anywhere from 6-20 hours of the day sitting or lying down.

And the sobering news: spending an hour or two at the gym every night doesn’t make up for the sitting you do each day. If you sit for an average of six hours a day, sitting is—literally—killing you. It’s time we made a Manifesto for Movement and got our Banana Dances back.

Know Your Body Systems!

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Body Logic Features, Featured Posts

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When it comes to getting and staying healthy, knowledge is power.

What’s there to know about your body systems? Guts are guts, right?

Not so fast.

The body is comprised of groups of organs that perform specific biological functions but work together like the most complex of ecosystems.

Like an ecosystem, when one component doesn’t do what it is supposed to, it affects the health of all of the other systems that depend on it, like so many butterflies flapping their wings in your Lady Garden. To keep your human ecosystem functioning right, it’s important to understand how your body systems work and what you can do to treat them right.

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