Sunday links, 10/20/13

Fall is glorious.

I apologize for the lateness of the links roundup–my brain was way too tired on Friday to deal with it, and I was out all day yesterday. But I will make up for it with lots and lots of interesting stuff (thank you, internet, for being so smart and thoughtful this week).

-As a cupcake fanatic, I am contractually obligated to announce that ModCloth now has a plus size cupcake-print dress (!).
-North Carolinian fatties, check out this upcoming clothing swap!
-There’s one for Philadelphians too.
-Fellow Bostonians, check out the launch event for Thicky Chicky, an online plus size boutique. (I finally get to attend one of those glamorous fatshion events I see all over the blogosphere, yay!)
-Fancy Lady Industries, known for their iconic fat necklace, now has beaded tiaras and other cool new handmade things.
-Skorch’s top ten plus size Halloween costumes.

Watching Amber Riley dance always makes me happy.

Fat Acceptance
-This unicorn trio card may not be intentionally fat-positive, but who cares? Chubby unicorns are the best.
Michelle Obama’s repeated mistake.
-Reverend Dr. E-K Daufin writes about her experiences with fatphobia in the African-American community.
You don’t need an excuse.
Dressed up is not the only way to be fat.
Beyond “obesity”: reframing food justice with body love.
Double chins are fierce.

A lovely video about body image, including a fabulous fatkini!

Climate and Sustainability
Why the sit-able city is the next big idea.
-Wen Stephenson delves into the grassroots battle against big oil.
Racist rhetoric and the “population bomb.”
-Fellow Bostonians, check out the latest Playing for the Planet concert.
The time to divest: a response to Harvard President Drew Faust. Another great response is here.
-I just finished Bill McKibben’s latest book, and started reading this one. I highly recommend both.
Swedish co-op creates a stake for women in the wind industry.
Solar double cropping takes off in Japan.

Jobs and the Economy
Two great pieces on the millenial generation, the economic landscape we face, and the bullshit of the people criticizing us.
After the jobs disappear… (Yes, I’m proud that this article opens by describing an arts space in my city!)
Art and the bottom line.
-Former Poet Laureate Charles Simic writes beautifully about the economy and poverty.

Molly Crabapple’s analysis of the changing ways that artists can make a living–and the ways in which the crowdfunding model, while more democratic than the old gatekeepers, still keeps out many people who don’t have enough money–is brilliant. She doesn’t have a transcript yet, but is working on it.

Everything Else
Women and rhetoric in politics: are ladies really so nice?
-A beautiful piece on what it means to love mothers.
-Daisy Coleman, one of the victims in the Maryville rape case, is incredibly courageous for speaking out.
-Another incredibly courageous young woman: Malala Yousafzai, who was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (and should have won, damnit). She is amazing and inspiring; some of the reactions to her, not so much. These two pieces do great analysis of the dynamics involved.
How college drop-out rates actually mean the system is working.
There’s no such thing as “clean” food.
-Sarah Kendzior applies her brilliant-as-always social criticism to the government shutdown.
7 LGBT issues that matter more than marriage.

After watching this review, I really want to see the new movie 12 Years A Slave.

This science video featuring Grover makes me happy on many levels. It’s cute and funny, and I love that a male muppet is so unself-consciously fascinated with glitter.

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