Jennifer Lawrence: Fit & Strong

Jennifer Lawrence with Josh Hutcheson in The Hunger Games

On Tuesday, I wrote an article for The Guardian in response to Jennifer Lawrence‘s comments in a recent interview that she wants to be fit and strong. Knowing the stance I take on female body image and exercise on this site, The Guardian asked me to write a few words on it.

I’m not into celebrity culture myself, but I do think it’s a pretty powerful thing for Lawrence to have said in these times where so many Hollywood stars are encouraged to lose weight, often in an unhealthy way. To have someone not only say they refuse to do that but that they want to be fit and strong I think is a pretty great thing.

I could wax lyrical about this topic, alas, I had a pretty tight word count for the piece so couldn’t cover all the angles of it that I would ordinarily. I think anyone who reads this site regularly knows the message I try to get out there. It felt a bit strange as a blogger going ‘mainstream’ for the day, but I think it’s so important that we get this message of empowering women through exercise and embracing our full sweaty glory.

I thought I’d post the link here in case any of you are interested in reading it. Let me know what you think. Will Lawrence’s words have an impact? Is even mentioning body type too sensitive an issue at this point? What say ye?

Jennifer Lawrence strikes a blow for healthy, sweaty women

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5 Responses to “Jennifer Lawrence: Fit & Strong”
  1. Muireann,
    Great article and balanced view!
    In this day and age it’s ridiculous that this even makes a story – the fact that a woman wants to be ‘strong’. You do a good job in a short word-count to highlight that muscle strength (as brought about by weight training) is beneficial for all manner of reasons and shouldn’t be avoided by women! Hear hear.
    I spend much of my time too propagating the same message to women – that the benefits of weight/strength/resistance training aren’t limited to aesthetics and weight loss, but health, joint stability and quality of life. Sadly, even if this message gets through and they pluck up the courage to do something new, there’s the perceived barriers to get through, such as the burly guys in the weights room staring or judging. Ignore and just go for it!
    Claire

  2. Jenny says:

    Your Guardian article brought me to your blog and I love it! I’ve read some of your back catalogue and watch your two recent TV programs – you’re the voice I’ve been looking for. I’m older than you (45) and enjoying working my body to be it’s best. I look a wreck while I’m doing it but I feel great afterwards and I’ve never felt more empowered. Yay for Badass Women!

  3. Lisa says:

    Great article! I love Jennifer Lawrence *girl crush alert* and I totally agree she is the perfect person to be imparting this message because I think the Hunger Games series really appeals to all ages.
    It sets a good example for girls in their teens and is an awesome reminder (or even a lesson) for us grown women as well.
    Weights is where it’s at!
    Also, Muireann, I love your writing!

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