Happy Easter! Today’s links roundup will be postponed until tomorrow.

bouquet of pink, orange, and yellow roses with baby's breath

Pretty flowers I saw recently at Trader Joe’s

Happy Easter to those who celebrate, happy end-of-Passover to my fellow Jews, and happy spring to everyone in the Northern hemisphere!

I’ve been having a wonderful weekend of casual interfaith hanging-outage. Last night, I had a few friends over for a “seder” that involved mostly eating chicken soup and matzoh balls (which my friend Sam made using her mom’s recipe!), ordering Chinese, and watching The Prince of Egypt. And now I’m about to head to my local park for an Easter egg hunt organized by another friend, to be following by general frolicking and dinner.

I haven’t had time to put together this week’s links post, so I’ll put it up tomorrow (which is a holiday here in Massachusetts anyway).

#PlusSizePlease: an awesome new fatshion activism idea, which I tried out on Desigual

picture of desigual store window with sign that says

Yeah, no.

A few days ago, Curvily posted a great idea for fatshion activism: take pictures of clothes you’d buy if they came in your size, and post them to social media with the hashtag #plussizeplease.

And then yesterday, I walked past the Desigual store in Harvard Square that always makes me sad. Desigual is a Spanish brand that makes gorgeous, colorful, multi-patterned clothing–I found them through Already Pretty and fell in love.  But their sizing only goes up to L or XL in some styles, and XXL in others (which isn’t even plus sized, because they run so small–Sal mentioned here that she wears a size 8 in most clothing, but she wears an L or XL in Desigual.)

This time, the window display didn’t just make me sad–it made me angry. They had the nerve to put up a sign that said “Desigual for everybody,” with the full knowledge that their clothes don’t fit the majority of American women’s bodies. So I tweeted, “. Disappointed by this sign–it’s not “for everybody,” only bodies size 14 and smaller. ” If you want to see their clothes in plus sizes too, consider letting them know.

All of these in size fat, please:

Desigual clothes that should come in plus sizes

 

(And yes, I know their stuff is expensive. To be honest, if it did come in my size, I would be much more likely to buy it on eBay than directly from them. But if they decided to start making plus sizes, and if I had the money at the time, I’d definitely buy a new item or two to show them my support. And I feel like buying their clothes in eBay supports them indirectly, because the clothing still came from them at some point–and there wouldn’t be so much available for resale if they weren’t a popular brand to begin with.)

Awesome fat-related projects that need your support

contributors to Fattitude: A Body-Positive Documentary

I mentioned two of these in my latest Sunday links post, but I’m posting again because I’m excited (and in case anyone missed them)! Whether or not you can donate, please consider passing them along on social media.

1.) Fattitude: a Body Positive Documentary (pictured above)

This one looks amazing–it features so many kick-ass activists, from Marilyn Wann to Sonya Renee to Virgie Tovar to Linda Bacon. And it’s so, so needed. The more we can get out the message that all bodies are good bodies, that there’s nothing wrong with being fat, that it’s entirely possible to be both fat and happy (and healthy, whatever that means to you, if you want to prioritize health), the better.

2.) Fat Yoga Online Classes

This is also so needed! Personally, I’ve never had a problem going to yoga classes–even when I’m the fattest person there, which is often, I’ve never been treated poorly by the teacher or other students. In fact, I’ve had some pretty amazing teachers who are encouraging, give tons of modifications, and are all-around accepting. But I know I’m lucky, and that fat stigma can be a huge barrier to access to yoga for many people.

And even though I do enjoy taking yoga classes at various local studios, there’s something special about doing yoga with a group of people who look like me, in an explicitly body-positive atmosphere, and with teachers who give modifications specifically tailored to fat bodies. That’s what Fat Yoga will provide virtually.

3.) SometimesBeautiful Book

SometimesBeautiful is “a celebration and contemporary analysis of the notion of beauty, defined by a selection of over fifty artists, primarily women, spanning the globe from New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Berlin, Milan and Paris to Amsterdam, Seoul and Transylvania.”

Although it is not solely fat-focused, it contains contributions from fat activists such as Virgie Tovar, Amanda Levitt, and Golda Poretsky. I would love to see their work and the work of the other contributors!

Boston, you’re my home <3

golden retriever with big brown eyes staring into the camera

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. To be honest, I’ve had a lot of other stuff on my mind lately, so I haven’t been thinking about it that much, but I’ve read a few things that I want to pass along.

My friend Emily writes a wonderful tribute to Boston.

Laura at RevEverett asks, “Which Boston is #BostonStrong?” She points out that some lives are invisible, the violence against them expected and ignored–and that we need to remember them and see their humanity.

If you’re a dog-loving Bostonian like me, you’ll be happy to hear that the Comfort Dogs, who visited Boston after the bombings, will be coming back this weekend. They’re such sweet, loving animals.

golden retriever Comfort Dog puppy curled up in a ball

The little pup pictured above is Isaiah, who was only five months old at the time. He’s gotten so big since then, as you can see on his Facebook page (yes, I “like” all of the Comfort Dogs on Facebook–it means my newsfeed is filled with adorable doggie pictures!). These pictures are all Instagram-filter-y because my camera had just broken, and I really wanted to get pictures of the dogs, so I ended up buying a disposable camera. So old-school, I know!

golden retriever Comfort Dog being petted by people

We look back, and we look forward (a post about inter-generational fatness that turned into so much more)

sepia-tinted black and white photo of a family from the 1930s: mother, father, and two boys

This is a picture of my paternal grandfather with his brother and parents in Krakow, Poland sometime around 1930. I came across it while looking through a treasure trove of old family photos at my grandmother’s house.

I know where my body shape comes from.

I mean, I already knew–there are plenty of fat/chubby/in-betweenie people on both sides of my family. But it’s amazing to see visual evidence of how far back it goes, contrary to the popular belief that “obesity” is a newfangled invention of modern society, that everyone was thin in some idealized heyday before TV and fast food.

It’s just amazing to see my own body looking back at me from nearly a century ago.

To see how the threads of history, of family, weave through us and tie us together.

This was my first, uncomplicated reaction when I saw the photo.

What’s harder to tangle with, and to write about–even though I know it in my bones–the fact that my grandfather’s parents didn’t make it out of Europe alive. My grandfather and his Irish-twin brother (born a year apart on the same day) escaped and found each other in America years later.

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Sunday links, 4/13/14

selfie of woman in leather jacket with pink sunglasses and black cat looking evil

Chilling with my friend Napoleon, the Dark Feline Lord of Somerville. (He may look diabolical in this picture, but he’s actually a total sweetheart!)

(I accidentally scheduled this post for Monday instead of Sunday…oops!)

Fa(t)shion
-A bra-shopping guide for trans women.
-ASOS Curve now has wide fit shoes! Huzzah! Their selection is small, but I hope it will expand.
-This fiber optic dress is awesome.

Fat Acceptance
-Fattitude: A Body-Positive Documentary looks amazing. Check out their Kickstarter, donate if you can, and signal-boost!
-I love these shirts, bumper stickers, and magnets that say “My only weight problem is your problem with my weight.”
-Another awesome fat project on Kickstarter: fat yoga online classes.
-A response to a troll’s statement that “wheezing around the block” doesn’t count as exercise.
-Shannon writes about the assumptions people make about her (unintentional) weight loss, and why they’re wrong.
-The Fat Nutritionist clarifies what she’s saying and what she’s not saying, and all I have to say is YES YES YES.
-More brilliance from the Fat Nutritionist: a Storify of her tweets in the #notyourgoodfatty tag.
-Dr. Deah interviews burlesque performer Juicy D. Light, who is planning a fat flash mob that will take place in May.

Jobs and the Economy
-Solidarity economics, a forgotten practice of the black radical tradition: an interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard.
-Swedish workers to test six-hour days.
-Watch Elizabeth Warren go after Paul Ryan for blaming unemployment on the unemployed. Love her.
-Here’s everything women could buy if they got paid the same as men.
-Important study finds that giving money without conditions to the poor increases both employment and wages.
-Good news: NYC becomes the largest city in the US with mandatory paid sick leave.

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