Friday links, 1/4/13

Delicious pomegranate chocolate cupcakes that a friend made

Fat Activism
In news we already knew, “overweight” people have a lower risk of mortality than “normal weight” ones. Paul Campos and Marilyn Wann both have great responses.
-Ragen reviews her successes of 2012, and reveals a new project.
-Tori’s new year resolution: to like food.
-Hanne Blank interviews Virgie Tovar, author of Hot & Heavy.
-Haley of Redefining Body Image reflects on how her great-grandmother taught her to be fat and fabulous.

Fa(t)shion
-Chubstr interviews Reah Norman, the Executive Fashion Director for PLUS Model Magazine.
-Buttercup has a great post about saying no to fashion rules–and check out her badass squirrel sweater!
Dani and Ms. Red Kitty are both undertaking no-buying wardrobe challenges. I really like the point that one of the commenters on the latter post made:

I really think I have a “thing” about clothes just because of how… unavailable clothing that I liked used to be. Up until the last couple of years it was very hard to find things, so I sort of have a “buy now or you’ll never have it” attitude. Really have to be careful, step back, and think about whether I need that item or will I ever wear it.

This is so true. And even though more clothing is now available in plus sizes, it’s still more expensive than straight-sized clothing–and it’s hard to find anything at thrift stores–so it’s easy to end up spending too much money.

Everything Else
Guidelines for enjoying other cultures without appropriating them.
-A beautiful story about an amazing woman: What my mother taught me about feminism and fear.
On behalf of Willow Smith and girls like her, shut up.
-It may be a bit late for linking to holiday gift guides, but I like this list of media made by queer people of color.
-I like Aoife’s take on the “friend zone.”

A randomly cool table I found in a mall food court

-This guest post by Sweet Machine and its comments are full of helpful information: What are the green flags for a good therapist?
-Captain Awkward gets into some important stuff about friendship.
-As a former veggie, I can relate to this piece about eating meat again after having been vegetarian.
Five things you can do instead of New Year’s resolutions.
The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia.
-Cliff writes about how jokes can uphold a culture that excuses abuse.
Carbon neutral? Probing carbon offsets.
-I really like this DIY ornament bouquet idea. So shiny and sparkly!
-I love both the bride and groom’s outfits in this wedding.
Ruffled pink tulle wedding dress by Ouma? Hells yes. I’ve been reading wedding blogs for a while, and this may be my favorite gown I’ve seen yet.
-Amazing snow art.
-Here, have some ridiculously adorable puppies.

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