Sunday links, 3/23/14

waffles with blueberries and maple syrup on pink sparkly heart-shaped plate

Even my plates love waffles.

Youtheary Khmer’s spring collection is amazing!
-Danimezza rounds up ten gorgeous plus size dresses.
-Joanna rounds up lots and lots of pretty florals. *swoon* Sadly, many of them are not available in the US.
-San Diego people, check out the rad fatties yard sale and swap!
The Big Fat Flea’s tumblr has some awesome fatshion.

Fat Acceptance
-If you’re in Michigan, check out Amanda Levitt’s talk on fat visibility at Oakland University.
My weight problem isn’t my weight.
-I’ve been frustrated by this too: must every YA action heroine be petite?
-I so wish I could be in Portland for Big Sexy: A Sexy Showcase for the Fat and Fabulous!
Congress on Obesity: ego over accessibility.
-I love all of the pictures that Accidental Disney Princess posts of herself dancing, and these ones are especially beautiful.

Climate and Sustainability
Reclaiming abuelita knowledge as a brown ecofeminista.
-Hells yeah: Massachusetts emerges as the hub of the fossil fuel divestment movement.
-A haunting piece of art about politicians’ inaction on climate change.
No, we’re not just “environmentalists.” It’s much more than that.
-Andy Smith points out how indigenous people are successfully using social media to fight for their rights, costing corporations hundreds of millions of dollars.
-Zadie Smith writes a moving elegy for a country’s seasons.

A great TED talk about fat-shaming:

Jobs and the Economy
-Sarah Jaffe writes about Robert Reich’s recent statements in favor of a universal basic income (huzzah!), the race and gender issues and power dynamics involved in our current job market, and the need for shorter working hours: “[I]nstead of clinging to a safety net that was designed for white male breadwinners in manufacturing jobs, we need a system designed for workers who are doing less work, doing it from home or the neighborhood coffee shop, and where the human resource in demand is care as much as it is cognitive skill or brute strength.” YES YES YES.
-Sarah Kendzior writes brilliantly about foreign policy’s gender gap and economic barriers to entry. (Is being named Sarah a requirement for writing incisively about the economy? It’s entirely possible.)
Meet the “missing workers”: the 5 million Americans who have given up hope of a job.
The high cost of acting happy in service jobs.
A group of women of color are considering a Twitter blackout to protest media organizations that mine their tweets for profit without offering them paid pieces or positions.
-In struggling to find a post-industrial identity, citizens of Reading, PA are embracing the new, post-growth economy.
How public sector layoffs add to the racial income gap.
San Francisco’s class war, by the numbers.
15 Vermont towns vote to start a public bank that works for them, not Wall Street.
Four fundamental rights that are hard to come by if you’re poor.

Everything Else
-Aunt Peaches rounds up awesome things made of pom-poms.
Watching these dogs confused by a magic trick is hilariously cute.
-10 awesome young, black feminists.
-If you can, help support the international trans women of color network gathering at AMC 2014!
Why our culture jerks off to college porn but hates college porn stars.
Stand by me: historically black churches and LGBTQ allyship.
Syria’s war, three years on: “a horror film,” in the faces of the dead and the voices of revolt.
Syria’s queer refugees.
Know me where it hurts: sex, kink, and cerebral palsy.
A grown woman’s guide to responsible celebrity worship.
What’s missing from journalists’ tactic of snagging stories from Twitter? Respect.
You shouldn’t need a reason for not having kids. (The author says that people wouldn’t ask women invasive questions about other things, such as their weight, but that’s sadly not true…)
Were students punished for protesting Israeli policies? On a related note, Chris Hedges writes about Israel’s war on American universities.
Abusing the Buddha: how the US Army and Google co-opt mindfulness.
How we were fooled into thinking that sexual predators lurk everywhere.
Bathroom anxieties: a genderqueer janitor’s perspective.
Can men ask for safe space?
Laverne Cox is the woman we’ve been waiting for.

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