Charlotte Witt blogs about Livestrong

On the occasion of Pinktober over at Fit is a Feminist Issue.

Before being diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2013, I was a physically active person, who enjoyed yoga, dance, biking, kayaking and also went to the gym regularly. Although I was no athlete in my pre-cancer life, it was shocking to find myself in a wheelchair unable to breathe or to walk as a consequence of chemotherapy induced pulmonary embolisms and atypical pneumonia. Once I pulled through the crisis I decided that regaining my range of physical activities would be the central focus of my life after treatment. Accordingly, a week before the end of my daily radiation treatments, I went back to work and I joined a Livestrong program at my local YMCA. ( The Livestrong program provides free exercise coaching and YMCA membership to cancer “survivors”…

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Sexist chants and the climate for female lecturers

“Universities have set in place a system which allows female lecturers’ careers to be influenced by their ability to “satisfy”, among others, young men who view women in the terms expressed in this and similar chants. This should give pause for thought about the implications of this marketised system for equal opportunities.”

See Sexist student chant raises wider concern about appraisals of female lecturers in The Conversation.

Missed the chanting story? See here for background.