Climate and Sustainability
–Loving earth is complicated, says this African-American pastor.
–GoSol is crowdfunding a scalable and cost-effective solar solution.
–Climate justice is intersectional feminism in action.
–Peaceful Uprising’s solidarity work: the year in review.
–There would be more regulation of coal mining if it didn’t just affect “hillbillies.”
–Polluters Pay! Carbon majors funding loss and damage.
–Happy bloody Earth Day: every year, more and more environmental activists are killed.
–Swarthmore sit-in ends with fossil fuel divestment support.
–The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale.
–Is the carbon divestment movement reaching a tipping point?
-The new issue of Skorch is fabulous!
-Also fabulous: Chubby Cartwheels’ “Curves Reign” line.
–18 times Janelle Monae took “Flawless” to new heights.
–This is what plus size clothes actually look like on plus size women.
–Help a young plus size woman find a size 5x prom dress.
–Plus size: blogging vs. influencing.
–An open letter to Lane Bryant.
Coat: Nicolette Mason for ModCloth, top: thrifted, blazer: Pink Clove via ASOS, skirt: Chubby Cartwheels via Re/Dress, teggings: Re/Dress, necklace: Betsey Johnson via eBay, boots: Doc Martens, flower crown: Crown & Glory, earrings: Forever 21, bracelets: miscellaneous, sunglasses: Sweet & Lovely
Betsey Johnson’s jewelry is the best. If a magic genie ever appeared and granted me unlimited jewelry by one designer, I’d pick her hands down–although Tarina Tarantino would be a close second. Continue reading
–13 times Gabourey Sidibe reified her fashion icon and role model status in 2014.
-Casey reviews Re/Dress teggings and Undersummers slip shorts.
–12 plus size bloggers who broke the internet in 2014.
-Eloquii will soon roll out a few items in sizes 26 and 28. This is good news, but I have to wonder: why do women who wear 26+ have to ask to be included, and wait for that inclusion to happen gradually? Why do women who wear 30+ still get left out?
–How Delia’s conquered the ’90s.
–7 times the visible belly outline made an appearance–and inspired me to celebrate my own curves.
–Sustainable style: the joy of Chubby Cartwheels!
–Plus size uniforms for kids are causing concern about the “childhood obesity epidemic”–but what does said concern do for the kids’ body image?
–Why Rum & Coke uses only plus size models.
–Make a New Year’s Revolution.
–Murder at the intersection of fat and black.
–Why fat matters: why isn’t weight stigma seen as a social justice issue?
–Let’s hold doctors accountable: a new form of activism?
–I had hyperhidrosis in my hands, feet, and underarms–and it was a total enemy to my body image.
-Awesome: a Chrome extension that replaces occurrences of “lose weight” with “get pizza.”
–Why #BlackLivesMatter actions aren’t stopping.
-“We are connected online and in the streets. We are decentralized, but coordinated. Most importantly, we are organized. Yet, we are likely not respectable negroes. We stand beside each other, not in front of one another. We do not cast any one of ours to the side in order to gain proximity to perceived power.”
-Powerful pictures from #ChanukahActions around the country, including the one I attended in Brookline.
–26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets.
–“Some of the worst racist tragedies in history have been perfectly legal”: Kimberlé Crenshaw on Eric Garner, Broken Windows and police impunity.
–When we talk about police shootings, we need to talk about gender.
-This makes my heart happy: two women who met at the protests in Ferguson are getting married.
–Angela Davis: “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery.”
-It is beyond disturbing to learn about how the Cleveland police treated the family members of both Eric Crawford and Tamir Rice after they were killed.
–Policing is a dirty job, but nobody’s gotta do it: 6 ideas for a cop-free world. In the meantime, Richmond, CA is an example of how a police department can do better.
–Being a cop showed me just how violent and racist the police are. There’s only one fix.
–From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists. You can read more about Assata’s situation here and here, and sign a petition asking Obama to pardon her.
-This is great: Product Review: The Invisible Backpack of White Privilege from L.L. Bean.
-Glitterinthedirt interviews Tracy of Domino Dollhouse and Shawna of Chubby Cartwheels about the small business side of plus size fashion–very relevant to what I was talking about in this post.
–Fashion and feminism: Taja Lindley of Colored Girls Hustle.
-The new issue of Skorch is awesome as always.
–33 plus size dresses for New Year’s Eve–because what better night to channel Beyoncé?
–17 bizarre Nicki Minaj outfits, because she knows how to make costume-wear look incredibly cool.
-The Fab Fatty Wonderland clothing swap looks amazing!
–The next big plus model is also a master’s grad, philanthropist, and all-around bad-ass.
-I’m drooling over the Marchesa gowns that Nicolette got to see up close in NYC.
–11 inspiring holiday outfits from our favorite plus-size bloggers. Continue reading
-Californians, check out the +Market by Domino Dollhouse featuring Tess Munster. It sounds amazing and I wish I could be there!
-Vivi writes about why she’s taking a break from Gwynnie Bee.
-These photos from Bombsheller’s fitting party are awesome, and I can’t wait until their leggings are available in plus sizes.
-New Yorkers, keep an eye out for Lockwood Style, a new clothing boutique in Astoria that will be one-third plus sizes.
-Chubby Cartwheels’ Little Black Dress Collection is out!
-I love Rae’s Halloween costumes featuring Hips & Curves items, especially the witch.
–12 all black plus size picks for fall.
-Sheri rounds up gorgeous dark floral pieces.
–An awesome plus size show at Portland Fashion Week.
-I love this plus size fashion illustration blog!
–Major fashion labels attack blogger for not conforming to gender roles.
-I’ve never been to a horse race and have no particular desire to do so, but I love the style of dresses and fascinators that women wear to them. Everything in City Chic’s Day at the Races roundup is gorgeous. I wish they had credited the sources for the shoes and accessories, though.
-I have somewhat mixed feelings about #4, but otherwise I agree with this completely: 5 reasons why we need to stop thinking of skinny-shaming as “reverse discrimination.”
–On being liked better after losing weight.
-If you’ve heard that sleep apnea is caused by fat, did you know that belief is based on research that was found to have been falsified?
–Good intentions only go so far in making HAES more inclusive.
–Fatphobia: 5 facts and a guide for the disbeliever.
–Apple’s health app: where’s the power?
–When is weight a symptom?
-Australian dance company Force Majeure has put out a call for fat dancers to audition for a groundbreaking new dance theater project.
-I’ve been watching Parks & Recreation, and I want to love it, but there are so many things that bother me about the show–including the fatphobic treatment of Jerry and the portrayal of Donna as the stereotypical sassy fat black woman. This series of posts makes the important point that Donna often talks about her sexual activities, but is never seen with a love interest. It broke my heart a bit when I read this list of 29 reasons Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt are the most perfect fictional couple around, and realized: this is exactly what fat women, and black women, and especially fat black women, don’t get in the media. We/they don’t get to see ourselves portrayed as worthy of love, and that needs to change.
Congratulations to my friends Liz and Ian who are getting married today! (Yes, I scheduled this post in advance.)
-Re/Dress interviews Shawna of Chubby Cartwheels, whose designs they are now carrying.
–A new plus size fashion magazine launches in South Korea.
-It’s ModCloth’s one-year anniversary of carrying plus sizes, and they have run a survey of their plus size customers. Marie read the survey results and wondered, Why is trendy plus size fashion so rare, especially when it’s proven extremely effective? In non-fatshion-related but adorable ModCloth news, check out this golden retriever who works in their office. So jealous!
-Australian brand City Chic will be opening a few stores in the US this fall. The initial stores will be in California, but I hope they will expand to other areas soon.
–Georgette, Sandra, and Gaelle post some highlights from New York Full Figured Fashion Week 2014. I would love to go someday!
–How do I dress like a grown-up, androgynously?
–100 most stylish DapperQs of 2014.
–A roundup of queer wedding style, and even more inspiration: the amazing amazing blush pink tulle gown and pink and white suit of this couple. (Also, as a fellow Jew, I love seeing them put their own spin on Jewish wedding traditions, like the breaking of a wineglass–it’s traditionally done by the groom, but here both brides are doing it.)
-Leah rounds up gorgeous retro floral dresses from Lady V London.They come in sizes UK 14-32 (US 10-28), and I kind of want them all.
-These 1920’s style prom outfits made from duct tape are amazing.
-Oaklanders, get ready for the Cupcakes and Muffintops fatshion extravaganza!
-Portlanders, check out Summer Strut: A Fat Fashion Show.
-Sheri rounds up 18 plus size white dresses. I especially like #s 3 and 7.
Ragen’s More Cabaret being awesome:
-Two great posts: Is staying thin easy? It doesn’t matter and Is being thin healthy? It doesn’t matter.
-Charlotte describes her experiences at the Allied Media Conference, and Amanda posts a speech she gave there.
–Scientists say they may have underestimated fat hatred. I say, “yup!”
-Why is there always so much fat-pos awesomeness on the West Coast? If you’re lucky enough to live in Portland, check out the first Chunky Dunk of 2014 and Jelly Roll: a body positive dance party!
-Musings on unruly bodies.
–Because it’s my body.
–21 body positive tattoos + inspiration.
-On fat gay pride.
-Lindy tried to eat like Gwyneth Paltrow for a week, and reflects on how it felt to do that as a fat person.
-It makes me happy that this chocolate Venus of Willendorf exists.
-Ragen takes apart what’s wrong with the saying, “It’s ok to be fat, as long as you’re healthy.”
-Particularly appropriate for this weekend: Why do we care about weddings? I just finished reading Jen Doll’s book, and it’s really good.
-Reflections on the future of coming out.
-”We are organically making the defiant and joyful worlds that cannot be defined and will be sustained.”
–I was a teenage Wolverwine: on superheroes and disability.
–The Jews of Williamsburg: reflections on the smallness of New York, creating your own weird and magical world, and how different worlds overlap.
-I love this art project of toys saying things to other toys.
-This is a great idea: San Francisco Mission District tenants turning Victorian home into a co-op to avoid Ellis Act eviction.
–May we all pursue happiness. #Pride
-Gorgeous images of Iceland in winter.
More awesome fat dancing!