-Erin has more ideas of things Gabourey Sidibe could have worn in Harper’s Bazaar.
–Tripp NYC has a few plus size items available online, and is working on more!
–Various exciting fatshion news, including H&M finally selling their clothes online in the US.
–Beth Ditto wears Gaultier for her Hawaii wedding, and looks amazing.
-There’s so much fatshion-spiration in Offbeat Bride’s plus size brides Pinterest board.
–Virgie Tovar interviews Rachel, a fat-positive personal trainer.
–On the necessity for real-world fat communities.
-The book Fatropolis sounds amazing–it’s definitely going on my reading list.
–Unintentionally inspirational: the Lumpy Space Princess.
–Fat, fibromyalgia, and exercise.
Climate and Sustainability
–David Roberts wants to live in a baugruppe, and now I do too.
-A new study shows that today’s technology could be used to power the world with renewable energy–all that’s needed is the political will to do it.
-Bethany uses the Princess Bride as a metaphor for finding the tools to save the world.
–Like shopping at local businesses? Now you can invest in them, too.
–Immigration is a feminist issue–we need to treat it that way.
-Love this: Dear daughter, I hope you have some fucking awesome sex.
–Lady Gaga has a burqa problem. UGH.
-Sarah Kendzior exposes the economic forces behind the myth of “opting out.”
–The chronic pain PSA.
–Should feminists be critical of compulsory monogamy?
-Two great Captain Awkward posts on online dating and queer romance.
–5 tips for calling out transphobia.
–How to be an ally to Muslim women: an incomplete starter kit.
–Ann Giles’ husband transitioned during their marriage, and 17 years later they’re still in love.
–10 thoughts on mental illness, abuse, and survivors.
–Hugo Schwyzer and the consumption of redemption narratives.
-A really interesting essay on geek culture.
–Visible bodies: transgender narratives retold.
-A beautiful example of doing parenting right: we think he might be a boy.
What have you been reading/writing this week?
Finally, here are this week’s links. And a bunch of baby goats playing Hop on Pop with a dog!
-Fabulous hat porn!
–18 fashion rules from Beth Ditto.
–New African fashion: a refreshing look at the vast array of gorgeous fashion coming out of Africa.
-I love these photos from a runway show for a body-positive bra line.
-The “I’m fat, let’s party” shirt I’ve been eyeing forever is back in stock! I so need to get my hands on one.
-Through Offbeat Bride, I found out about the Wardrobe Shop, which has the most amazing vintage-style dresses ever–and many of them come in plus sizes.
Climate Justice and Sustainability
-A really important and interesting piece on the future of the movement: Three tactics for a stronger climate movement. I especially like this idea: “Imagine if, when blockading a pipeline construction site, radicals invited the whole community to a festival on the site? Instead of a few people locking down, what if the community barricaded the area and held a dance party or a carnival, reclaiming it as a community space for direct democracy, food growing, and celebration?”
-For my fellow Massachusettians: why the MA Democratic Senate primary is, unexpectedly, one of the hottest fronts in the planet’s biggest battle.
–Fourth-graders crowdfund their own solar-powered classroom. And they’re not the only ones using crowdfunding for clean energy.
–What steam ships and the landline can tell us about the decline of the private car.
–Victory at hand for the climate movement? I sure hope so.
–What’s wrong with the term “person of color”…or at least how it’s used.
-If you can, donate to help the amazing queer activist and all-around badass Kate Bornstein stay alive.
–“It isn’t rocket science”: Tin House and Granta editors on how to run a publication that isn’t sexist.
–All work and no pay: the great speedup. This is the kind of shit that just makes me angry and I don’t know what to do about it…
–This piece is beautiful. It’s about surviving the breakup of a long-term relationship, but applies to so many other situations as well.
–The revolution will not be polite: the issue of nice vs. good.
-The Hello Etsy conference that happened this weekend sounds amazing. I wish I had found out about it earlier so I could have tried to make it!
Happy apocalypse! Also, for those who celebrate it, merry almost-Christmas. Here is a ginormous Christmas tree I saw recently:
As for this week’s news, oy. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy.
There’s been a ton of discussion around the internet on everything from mental health to gun control to violent masculinity. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking, but I’m only going to post the few essays I can get behind 100%:
–These mornings after.
–You cannot make me own a gun: what gun culture looks like.
–How a gun-loving West Texas girl learned to fear assault weapons.
Also, I recommend this video of golden retriever therapy dogs helping children in Newtown. Goldens are just the best.
-I love these pictures of plus size celebrities’ best outfits of the year. If I had to pick one, I’d vote for Beth Ditto, but I also love Jill Scott’s black and pink dress.
–10 unique fairy gifts on Etsy for $50 and under.
–Harajuku’s top trends in 2012. I love that one of the trends is tutus/petticoats (which they call “pannier skirts”).
–Why we can’t ignore the caveats to Cory Booker’s food stamp challenge.
–Literacy privilege: how I learned to check mine instead of making fun of people’s grammar on the internet.
–Why the ‘nice guys commit rape too’ conversation is not helpful.
–My first resolution: be more vain.
–Glamorous girly New Year’s party inspiration. Giant disco balls? Hells yes.
Here’s some amazing music for you. If you like this, I highly recommend check out the rest of Lindsey Stirling ‘s videos–for the scenery and costuming as well as the music itself.
This is one of my favorite videos from the Project for Awesome, not just because the organization does really cool stuff, but also because they have the most adorable and rather large lapdog.
Pink hair + petticoat + combat boots = awesome.