Sunday links, 5/25/14

Y-shaped tree with people making M, C, and A shapes

We found an interesting tree while hiking last weekend…

Fa(t)shion
-I love this fatshionista paper doll.
-If you’re looking to both buy some awesome mermaid-themed jewelry and support a transgender person with Asperger’s who has trouble sustaining traditional employment, check out Earl Foolish.
The fashion victims of Bangladesh.
Wandering the no (wo)man’s land between straight and plus sizes.
Work it! The new face of labor in fashion.
Quvenzhane Wallis is the adorable new face of Armani Junior.
From Lorde to Rihanna to the new Barbie, Goth culture’s comeback is a win for women.
Sheri and Sarah both round up plus size crop tops.
Do this don’t: dress like a fat marshmallow.
-A fascinating conversation on design and systems, both in fashion and in a broader sense.

Fat Acceptance
-Roxy takes apart the ridiculous concept of “glorifying obesity.”
Great postcards for the Abundant Bodies track at the AMC.
-This fat coloring book project looks really cool.
Fat-phobic trolls don’t just want to be rude–they want power over us.
-Check out Hanne Blank’s new body acceptance project, 52 Weeks to Your Best Body Ever.
Discrimination, doxxing, and that ‘Louie’ episode: a Q&A with the filmmakers behind ‘Fattitude.’

Climate and Sustainability
A call to arms for the climate march in New York this September. I will do my best to be there!
-Bill McKibben and a group of climate scientists and activists did an AMA on Reddit.
Solar farms can enhance biodiversity and sequester soil carbon too.
Geothermal: the red hot renewable that could incite a green power revolution.
A blueprint to end paralysis over global action on climate.
Before repairing the climate, we’ll have to repair the effects of racism.

An awesome mashup of two great songs:

Jobs and the Economy
-Like I was just saying, poverty makes people sick. (Unfortunately, the article assumes that fatness = ill health–like the vast majority of articles about everything, sigh. But it’s otherwise good.)
-A conversation with Gar Alperovitz on the cooperative economy.
That time Lyndon Johnson made a killer case against unbridled growth.
Students are taking on old economics–and winning.
-La Stephanie writes about leaving the United Farmworkers due to endemic sexism and homophobia within the organization.
The unpaid intern economy rides on the backs of young women.

That whole trigger warning debate
It’s been going around the feminist internets for about the twentieth time, so I figured I’d finally weigh in (by posting a bunch of different perspectives, because this shit is complicated and there are so many different dynamics at play).
On trigger warnings, trauma, and community obligations.
What we talk about when we talk about trigger warnings.
-Tressie writes about the way that demands for trigger warnings in academia feel like part of the neoliberal corporatization of education, and Brittney Cooper describes why she doesn’t use them in her classes.
-Melissa writes about the importance and usefulness of trigger warnings, and the ableism of much criticism of them.
-Elizabeth points out that what would be most helpful to traumatized students isn’t trigger warnings, but smaller class sizes and workloads, and an end to adjunctification, which would make it easier for professors to get to know their students as individuals.

Laura and Steve, sitting in a tree…. 😉

Everything Else
What if we admitted to children that sex is primarily about pleasure?
-This is important: The case for reparations.
Reparations: what the education gospel cannot fix.
So much time spent in bed: Gloria Anzaldua, chronic illness, Coatlicue, and disability.
10 things you should say to someone with a chronic illness.
-This piece has a great analysis of the way that many governments, pundits, and non-profits who claim to care about sex workers actually ignore their voices, and keep claiming that they’re hidden or unable to speak for themselves–despite the fact that they are speaking up around the world.
Corporate discrimination against sex workers threatens everyone’s freedom.
Starting a different conversation: on mixed/biracial/multiracial visibility and inclusion.
Child care, elder care, and the last feminist frontier.
Childfree 101: “You should try being a parent.”
Why Macklemore’s anti-Semitic costume matters.
A distorted picture of Palestinian “anti-Semitism.”
After Kerry, only BDS may save the two-state solution.
Rebecca Solnit, the new feminist road map.
-So much yes: Women don’t fear power. Power fears women.
Why I do what I do: homelessness and disability justice.
Loving the women who look like me: queer black women in love.
What white privilege looks like when you’re poor.

Pretty things, fun, and fluff
-These tiny snail sculptures are beautiful.
Delicate paper structures suspended in mid-air by Peter Gentenaar.
I love this rainbow of shoes and legs.
Matching small everyday objects to Pantone color chips.
Origami street art!
-What’s even cuter than a bunch of dogs and a cat (!) frolicking on the beach? A bunch of dogs and a cat frolicking on the beach to Pharrell’s “Happy”!
-Way more adorableness than I can handle: golden retriever and biker share a moment in Allstate commercial.
-Only in Canada would a baby moose be rescued, then brought to a Tim Horton’s
Finally, a children’s book for the modern world. Oh my God, yes.

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3 thoughts on “Sunday links, 5/25/14

  1. Aha, I’d started writing a post about ‘glorifying’ obesity and got so annoyed at the whole thing I had to give it a rest before I combusted. I will read Roxy’s post now.

  2. Diamanda, Lydia and Siouxsie were a “goth win for women”. Mainstream pop stars in dark costumes and makeup are only a win for the corporate commodification of a subculture.

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