You’re so pretty and shiny! I want to wear you on everything.
But damn, you itch.
You itch through a layer of jersey. You itch when you’re on the front of my shirt and you rub against my arm.
It’s really hard to find pieces featuring you that don’t itch, which is why I only have one: a beloved, ratty, missing-half-its-sequins jacket. (Yes, I’ve been known to leave a trail of black sequins wherever I go when I wear it….sometimes people find them weeks after I’ve visited.)
If you can somehow reinvent yourself in a non-itchy way, I’d love to wear you! I swear.
-This article about a company that makes custom suits for women and transgender people is a great illustration of why clothing matters.
-Affatshionista writes about Dare To Wear, a small San Francisco company that makes all of their plus sized goth/renaissance clothes locally. (You can see me wearing one of their tops, which I got secondhand, here!)
-Snapadoo! Laughing with plus size blogger Cynthia Wilson.
-Patagonia celebrates old clothes that have lasted through the years.
-Danielle rounds up clothing that’s great for parties.
-If you’re in Columbus, Ohio, check out the Discount Fashion Warehouse, which has low prices and a good plus size selection.
-An analysis of the fit of ASOS Curve items, many of which run extremely large. (This is true to my limited experience with the brand–I have a size 22 skirt and dress that fit me well, but could definitely stretch to fit someone much bigger, and I wear a size 16 in their leggings.)
-The trouble with secondhand clothes.
-Fashion Revolution Day 2014 will ask, who made your clothes?
-@DrJaneChi lays out some facts about Plan B weight limitations.
-Jessamyn writes about her experiences getting into yoga as a fat woman, with some great pictures.
-10 better body affirmations for young people.
Climate and Sustainability
-Three important, powerful pieces: Learning how to die in the anthropocene, The climate movement needs to stop “winning,” and This is my limit, I will suffer no more.
Jobs and the Economy
-A former labor force expert, who spent years helping people find jobs, writes about his experience with becoming unemployed: “ Suddenly, no, you cannot get back into the workforce. No, we will not tell you why. Try as hard as you like. Beat your brains out until it finally becomes clear that you will never have a full-time job with bennies again. Never. Never. Ever.”
-This week in the sharing economy: the move to professionalism.
-Uber and Lyft get a lot of hype–but ridesharing is a parasitic business model.
-The real sharing economy is booming (and it’s not the one venture capitalists are cashing in on).
-This is so true, and relevant far beyond the field of massage therapy: Talking class in class–on money and massage.
-The real humanities crisis: that it’s almost impossible to make a living in the arts and humanities, and suggestions for how to improve the situation.
-An innovative approach to student loans that doesn’t quite resolve the student loan crisis.
-The workers who bring you Black Friday.
-I love Kate Gabrielle’s pastel wooden menorah.
-For potential givers: a feed-a-single-family primer.
-This oasis of groceries in a low-income neighborhood sounds promising.
-Veggies at the liquor store, and five other ways to bring food to your community.
-5 things to celebrate about Indian Country.
-This Thanksgiving poem by American Indian writer Jonathan Garfield is raw truth. (Note: he uses rape as a metaphor for stealing land, which troubles me; but I am passing it along anyway because I think the the overall poem is a powerful and necessary piece.)
-16 beautiful portraits of humans who happen to be trans (possibly not work-safe).
-Shame from all angles: why doesn’t anyone seem to respect teen parents?
-Spectra writes about her experiences being separated from friends and family as an immigrant.
-Highlights from the gender neutral Swedish Toys “R” Us catalog.
-I don’t need faith to have ethics.
-Valuing our values: feminism, motherhood, and pink-collar work.
I’m not a fan of Small Business Saturday‘s corporate sponsorship, but I think the basic idea is sound. For those who can afford to do so, supporting small businesses–especially local ones–is a good way to take part in building a sustainable, humane, community-based economy.
With the usual caveats that 1.) individual consumer choices are not a substitute for political engagement and 2.) spending time together is always a wonderful gift and there should be no obligation to buy anything for anyone, here are a few items I like from small businesses and craftspeople around the internet, some of whom are local to Boston.
1.) “Gigi” burlesque mug – Dupenny - £13.50
2.) Unicorn Landia nail polish – Starrily at ShanaLogic – $9.99
3.) Collectible narwhal ornament – Magic Bean Buyer at ShanaLogic – $15.99
4.) See you space corgi sticker – Megan Lara at RedBubble – $4.00
5.) Mauve crystal and feather fascinator – I Am Joolienn on Etsy – $25.00 (Note: Joolie is a Somerville local who makes all sorts of pretty, shiny, feathery things.)
6.) Cat life brooch – The Tiny Hobo on Etsy – $10.00 (Note: The Tiny Hobo also makes a ton of fat-pos stuff, which you can find in her main shop, t-shirt shop, and Custom Plus shop.)
7.) Peacock feather journal set – CoupCoup Designs on Etsy – $12.00
8.) Neon rainbow felt necklace – HandiCraftKate on Etsy – $55.00
9.) Signed machines of love poster – DFTBA Records – $15.00
10.) Chocolate Mexicano sampler – Taza Chocolate – $21.00 (Note: Taza is a local company that makes Mexican-style fair-trade chocolate right here in Somerville. They also give tours, which look like fun.)
Last week, the feminist internet kind of blew up (as it does every so often) with responses to a Jezebel piece condemning selfies.
Plenty of other writers have already covered what was wrong with the piece, and how selfies can be a liberating form of visibility–so I’ll just give you my favorite selfie.
I took this my senior year of college while getting ready for a Dresden Dolls concert–which, by the way, was amazing.
-The use of 3D scanners to personalize clothing sizes sounds promising.
-I love Ayleen’s steampunk ao dai outfits.
-Check out Amethyst, a fat paper doll!
-Fashion eye candy of all stripes: the Harajuku Fashion Show at the MCM Expo, Meadham Kirchoff for Topshop, Suzanne Bisovsky’s folk art-inspired clothes, and Takudo Maeda’s spring/summer collection.
-On exercise and assumptions.
-Rachel writes about not losing weight for her wedding, including gorgeous pictures.
-Ragen writes about some seriously bad medicine.
-Tickets for the Body Love Conference are now available.
-Health as a moral imperative: chasing gold stars.
Climate and Sustainability
-Cities around the world can learn from Seoul, Korea, whose mayor is a leader in post-growth economic re-development.
-I love creative activism, like these people who visited the Bank of England dressed up as carbon bubbles.
-#WeStandWithYou: young activists fast for the climate.
-Typhoon Haiyan: the global poor bear the deadly brunt of climate change.
-Why the UN climate negotiations give me hope (in spite of everything).
-Harvard students disrupt a Bank of American recruitment session: “We simply want jobs that do not poison the water we drink and the air we breathe. We simply want jobs that do not create droughts that wipe out our food supplies or strengthen the hurricanes that threaten our homes.”
-Pollinate Energy, a start-up solar company, replaces kerosene lamps with solar-powered ones in low-income households in India.
-On Twitter, disabled people shared their experiences with ableism in the hashtag #solidarityisfortheablebodied.
-We rise together: resisting white institutional culture in publishing.
-Quiet reflections: why I chose silence on Trans Day of Remembrance.
-We matter! Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013.
-Why I’m not a TEDx speaker: because TED doesn’t pay their speakers.
-Beyond the so-called first Thanksgiving: 5 children’s books that set the record straight.
-More children’s books that look good: the Polkadot series, whose main character is a non-binary trans kid.
-Cover Girl’s Hunger Games-inspired makeup line is in sickeningly poor taste; luckily, members of the Harry Potter Alliance are criticizing it and reminding the world what Katniss really stood for. They’re also doing lots of other stuff to fight for social justice, and I tip my sorting hat to them.
This video of cats stealing dogs’ beds–and dogs taking them back–makes me so happy.
-Fresh Food Generation, a farm-to-table food truck that will serve Boston’s low-income neighborhoods, sounds awesome. I wish they didn’t mention “obesity” as a problem stemming from lack of access to fresh food (sigh), but otherwise I support them 100%. If you’re interested in helping them make the food truck a reality, check out their Kickstarter!
-Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the discomfit of classism (I’m linking to the Google cache, as the blog is unfortunately down).
-Teaching: the hardest job that everyone thinks they can do.
-Prepare to groan: 26 dangerous symptoms of being addicted to puns.
-Swedish artist Suzan Drummen’s kaleidoscopic crystal floor installations are amazing.