–Bike helmets that look like hats are a great idea.
–This bride’s hot pink hair plus black and being tulle dress = awesome.
–eShakti for the petite plus size fashion lover. Personally, my experiences with eShakti haven’t been great, but I know a lot of people love them….
–H&M gets slightly less evil, recycles your clothes into new jeans.
–Meet the organizer who pulled off the Gap Does More hoax.
-I love Kate’s roundup of rainbow clothing, accessories, and home goods. I so wish the clothes came in size fat, though…
–3 female writers who loved fashion. I think it’s so important to point out that, contrary to the popular view that fashion is frivolous, it’s entirely possible to be a serious intellectual who loves dressing up.
-Affatshionista rounds up bikinis that come in 4x or larger.
–How to draw inspiration from any image.
–Tomgirl vs. girly-boy style.
-SO MUCH YES: Loving your body isn’t a diet. I hate when people co-opt FA language to say, “If you truly love and accept your body, then you’ll lose weight!”
-Also SO MUCH YES to this: Why are fat people’s needs always considered inconvenient or an afterthought?
-Ragen is collecting FA victory stories.
–Teen tennis star’s success is a powerful argument against body-shaming.
-Awesome fatspo: these bellydancers and this mermaid/peacock Mardi Gras costume.
–The most important match question on OKCupid: fat girls, desire, online dating, and “preferences.”
–It’s always a radical act when a fat women shares a picture of herself online.
Huzzah for fat pole-dancers!
Climate and Sustainability
–Revolutionaries, Transcendentalists, and some thoughts from farming.
–A super-cut of the funniest climate change videos.
–Is rape a fair price for oil and gas?
–Sunfunder = a crowdfunding platform that’s like Kiva for solar power. I love finding out about stuff like this.
–Intersectionality isn’t just a win-win–it’s the only way.
–Google unveils its designs for a self-driving car, and it will change our cities and suburbs.
–Like Big Tobacco, Big Energy targets the developing world for future profits.
-Two cool examples of art that helps the environment: a poem about air made of pollution-removing material, and a sculpture that helps rehabilitate a river.
Jobs and the Economy
–This is the most convincing piece I’ve read yet about the dangers of constant economic growth. I don’t like that Monbiot mentions fashion derisively toward the end, but aside from that, this is such a must-read. Even if you don’t think you’re interested in economics. Especially if you don’t think you’re interested in economics.
-On a similar note, more in depth: Nothing grows forever. Why do we keep thinking the economy will?
-Oh boy can I relate to this: The era of the permatemp.
–Pixel and dimed: on (not) getting by in the gig economy.
–The sharing economy, gender, and why individualistic solutions won’t disrupt neoliberalism.
–The peril of hipster economics.
-Janet Mock writes an open letter to Jane Doe, the 16-year old girl who smiles and dreams from behind bars. Check out Reina’s post for ways you can support #JusticeForJane.
–We must not forget Jane Doe’s humanity.
-Great news: Medicare ban on transgender healthcare overturned! And Laverne Cox makes the cover of TIME.
–The price of a sex-slave rescue fantasy.
–Spying, sex, and finance: what banks and payment processors are secretly watching–to avoid “risk.”
–An open letter to people who play devil’s advocate. THIS.
–Allies, friends, and the value of utopian visions.
–The gentrifier’s guide to getting along: an open letter from a child of Oakland.
-I still have really mixed feelings about the use of trigger warnings in academia, so I found both this professor’s account of why he uses them, and this group of professors’ account of why they don’t, to be convincing. I think trigger warnings/content notes can be really useful, but they also have the potential to be misused in ways that harm the faculty members who already have the least power.
–World Cup 2014: 22 staggering images of Brazil’s indigenous tribes taking on the riot police with bows and arrows.
–The erasure of Maya Angelou’s sex work history.
–Healing PTSD with native medicine.
–Black girls and disposability: you can’t throw black girls away.
–4 things I wish I knew before graduation about working for social change.
Pretty Things, Fun, and Fluff (which we especially need this week, right?)
–37 gorgeous pictures of Iceland.
–This adorable hedgehog is traveling the world with his humans.
–A gala of golden retrievers!
–These gorgeous stones were accidentally created from layers of car paint.
–28 pieces of street art that cleverly interact with their surroundings.
–15 tiny kittens dressed as fantasy characters.
-Awww, a rock-climbing kitty!