Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture to examine the interplay between fitness and feminism

October 23, 2013

marinucciLACEY, Wash. – Being fit and healthy are worthy goals but there are legitimate feminist concerns about the role of the fitness industry in perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards for women, according to Mimi Marinucci, Ph.D., a feminist philosopher and a fitness instructor. She will explore the complicated relationship between fitness and feminism during the next installment of the Saint Martin’s University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.

Marinucci, professor of philosophy and women’s and gender studies at Eastern Washington University, will deliver her presentation on “Working Out: Tensions between Fitness and Feminism” on Friday, Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m., in Harned Hall 110, located on the Saint Martin’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The event is free and open to the public.

Marinucci completed her doctorate in philosophy and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She joined the Eastern Washington University faculty in 2000. Marinucci’s teaching and research are focused on feminism, philosophy and feminist philosophy, particularly as represented in popular culture. She is especially interested in popular culture as a medium for the production and dissemination of knowledge about who we are as women and men.

Marinucci is author of the book, “Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory” (Zed Books, 2010). She is also the founding editor of “Wave 2.5: A Feminist Zine,” which is a two-time nominee (2005, 2009) for the Utne Independent Press Award.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. The series honors the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Robert Hauhart, Ph. D., J.D.
Chair, department of society and social justice

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager