Congratulations to BPFA’s very own, Dr. Kate Browne for her recent article in Self Magazine! – “Non-Alcoholic Beer Was a Game-Changer for Me. Why Is It Still So Controversial in Recovery Communities?”

Congratulations to BPFA’s very own, Dr. Kate Browne for her recent article in Self Magazine! – “Non-Alcoholic Beer Was a Game-Changer for Me. Why Is It Still So Controversial in Recovery Communities?”

“I hope that as alcohol substitutes move into the mainstream and abstinence becomes a legitimate wellness tool even for those who may not consider themselves “real alcoholics,” more people will be able to see recovery as a way to stay connected rather than a social death. I believe that this future is possible when the choice to not drink is treated with the same judgment-free generosity already extended to other dietary restrictions in restaurants, at home, and among friends.” By Kate Browne, Ph.D. (she/her)

Read the full article here…

BLACK LIVES MATTER – BPFA Position Statement

Louder for the people at the back:

Black. Lives. Matter.

Fitness for all bodies.

We recognize the roots of the body positive movement in Black culture and Black body liberation. We strive to create a culture that dismantles white supremacy and centers and lifts up Black voices, including Black trans and Black queer voices. We are here to listen, to learn, and to help however we can. Our DMs are open and we look forward to continuing the conversation.

Gender Access In Sports – BPFA Position Statement

The Body Positive Fitness Alliance stands in solidarity with intersex, transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive athletes*. We believe that if a competition is divided into men’s and women’s divisions, individuals should participate in whichever gender division they most closely identify with. “Sex testing” athletes is an undue burden to the participants in question and promotes a hostile culture in sports.

UNDUE BURDEN

  • Asking participants to prove their gender through biological testing is an invasion of privacy and negates their humanity.
  • Sex traits exist on a biological spectrum, and there is no simple dividing line between “men” and “women”. Thus, even if sex testing were an ethical practice, it’s not practical in reality, as there is no consensus in the medical community about how to define those markers. Learn more about the biological spectrum of sex traits here: “Sex redefined: The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.” Ainsworth. Nature, 2015.
  • Many anti-trans activists claim to want to “protect women in sports” by implementing sex-testing barriers, but these policies foster cultures of fear and suspicion towards any women who perform “too well”, particularly BIPOC athletes.
  • Sex-testing advocates often invoke “fairness” as a reason for implementing testing policies, but these same competitions make no considerations for other factors such as differences in nutrition, coaching, financial support, and other human variations like height and body mechanics.

ARE YOU A COACH OR EVENT ORGANIZER LOOKING FOR GUIDANCE ON ESTABLISHING AN INCLUSIVE GENDER POLICY?

We would love to hear from you and help out! Please message info@bodypositivefitness.org.


WHAT DOES A GENDER-INCLUSIVE POLICY LOOK LIKE IN COMPETITIVE SPORT?

The Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association in recent years, with the input of their membership, has evolved away from a sex-testing policy first adapted based on the International Olympic Committee policy in 2010 and instead has implemented this straightforward and inclusive framework to replace it. This sport is full-contact, highly competitive, and one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Implementing a gender-inclusive policy has been an asset to participants and WFTDA as an organization.


Further reading:

  • “While the evidence indicates that higher levels of naturally occurring testosterone may increase athletic performance, the Panel is not satisfied that the degree of that advantage is more significant than the advantage derived from the numerous other variables which the parties acknowledge also affect female athletic performance: for example, nutrition, access to specialist training facilities and coaching and other genetic and biological variations.” –Court of Arbitration for Sport, July 2019
  • The Humiliating Practice of Sex-Testing Female Athletes by Ruth Padawer

*Gender education and terminology resource:

5 Body Positive People and Businesses We Love!

At BPFA we believe in sharing the spotlight to amplify the good work of other individuals and businesses in the fitness industry. Here are 5 folks-to-follow who will uplift your newsfeed.

Fitness4AllBodies LLC

“F4AB teaches fitness professionals to understand how systems of oppression affect our bodies and how to apply a social justice lens to their work.” 

 linktr.ee/fitness4allbodies

Decolonizing Fitness

“Decolonizing Fitness is not a gym, but an incredible educational resource for coaches, trainers, studio owners, and anyone who is interested in unlearning toxic fitness culture. Decolonizing Fitness as a practice is about providing a supportive environment to individuals who have historically not felt welcomed in fitness spaces i.e. people in larger bodies, people with disabilities, people with chronic pain, people over the age of 65 and people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

decolonizingfitness.com

Jabbie App

“Jabbie is the community wellness app redefining fitness standards and providing support that encourages you to move your body in your OWN way.”

jabbieapp.com

Nonnormative Body Club

“Nonnormative Body Club is a Philadelphia-based project with a goal to create accessible fitness spaces for those of us whose bodies and identities rebel against normative definitions of beauty and health. Nonnormative Body Club offers personal training, group fitness, and wellness workshops on a sliding scale.”

nonnormativebodyclub.com

Superfit Hero

“We believe everyone deserves access to joyful movement. We support plus size athletes with premium activewear designed for their bodies and unparalleled compassionate customer service.”

superfithero.com