Lean Light Fit and Tight: Fitblr Blogs and the Postfeminist Transformation Imperative

  • Sarah RileyEmail author
  • Adrienne Evans
Part of the New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures book series (NFDPSC)


In this chapter we develop a central component of postfeminist sensibility, the transformation imperative, to analyse Fitblr content. “Fitblrs” have emerged as a recognisable element of social media blogging application Tumblr, with text and images intended to motivate followers in their exercise and dietary regimes. Research on postfeminist sensibility in traditional media has shown how transformation is represented as prescriptive, easy and pleasurable, for example in “before” and “after” photography or the reveal of the cosmetic surgery reality TV show. In focusing on user driven content emerging on Fitblr, this chapter demonstrates a shift in the discourse of transformation in which transformative work is constructed as difficult, replete with failure, and requiring physical and psychological hard work. We interpret the reference to hard work, pain and failure as part of the temporal components of health discourses in digital media, and suggest that these components represent new lines of inquiry for feminist research on exercise, health and postfeminist sensibility.


Postfeminist sensibility Health Transformation Digital cultures Fitspiration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentAberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK
  2. 2.Department of Media and CommunicationsCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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