Sunday links, 8/10/14

boxes of apples, peaches, and yellow plums at the farmers market

Fa(t)shion
Volup2 has a new issue out, and it’s awesome as always. (Not work-safe, as there are a few nude pictures.)
-Style inspiration: the first lady of Cameroon. How amazing is that hot pink suit?
Fashion’s place in feminism: where is it?
-Words to live by: “I want to live loudly and shamelessly in a way that makes me overjoyed every day. I want to be colourful and creative and to not care what anyone else thinks.”
Five French plus size designers you should know.
-Colorlines interviews three fatshionistas of color on fatkinis and fat activism.
101 body-positive bikini babes, including me!
-I love Sock Dreams’ carousel photoshoot, especially the floral + stripes + petticoat look.
Why we love her, why we can’t: Coco Chanel.
Sales, temptation, and the fear of missing out. I can relate to this–and the FOMO is especially bad when you wear plus sizes and have fewer options to begin with.
-I’m not particularly fond of Miley Cyrus, but I love the weird shit she’s putting in her hair.
-Recycled aluminum cans plus washi paper = gorgeous jewelry.
-If you’re in London, check out this fat-positive clothing swap.
-Shawna posts pictures from the Summer Strut 2014.

Fat Acceptance
-Dear children’s book authors: write fat kids.
The problem with Businessweek‘s obese Coca-Cola bottle.
Calorie miscounting: why one slice of cheesecake does not equal 4 1/2 hours of aerobics.
What fat people have to do.

Israel/Gaza
Living the imperative to heal the world: a Jewish woman’s thoughts on Gaza. As a fellow Jewish woman, I agree 1000%.
-A statement in solidarity with Gaza from Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists.
-All of these are a must-read: 6 of the most beautiful writings from and for Gaza.
There are no “both sides.” The Israelis and Palestinians aren’t equal.
At least my hospital isn’t being bombed.
A question from Gaza: am I not human enough?
There are no poems of mass destruction.
-Beautiful and hopeful: how a sixth-grader from Sderot draws the war.
Librarians give New York subway riders a taste of Palestinian literature to protest Gaza assault.
How will Gaza’s children carry their scars into adulthood?
While bombs fall on Gaza: resisting militarism in Israel.
Where you can donate to help Gaza.
-Support for genocide against Palestinians isn’t a fringe view within Israel–it’s held by many high-up figures both within and outside of the government. (Note: there is a graphic image of an injured child.)
IDF solder: artillery fire in Gaza is like Russian roulette.
-“For most Gazans, the struggle is not about Islamism or destroying Israel, it’s about ending the blockade—no matter what it takes.”
-I so wish I could be in New York for Singing Against the Bad Times: An Evening of Jewish Radical Arts and History.
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Sunday links, 7/27/14

pink siam tulips flowers

Siam tulips in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Fa(t)shion
-A collection of pink plus size items on Etsy.
5 tips on how to deal with your wardrobe after a weight gain.
-I love this shop that sells plus size European clothes, which I found though In My Joi. I’m especially in love with this kaleidoscope print skater dress, this purple and black geometric tunic (it reminds of something the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas would wear), and this floral dress with an embroidered hem.
-Huzzah! Domino Dollhouse is now carrying Tripp, one of my favorite brands.
-Crown & Glory now has a monthly subscription service, the Glitterati.
Ashley Nell Tipton has some gorgeous new items, including an amazing iridescent lavender skirt and crop top.
Geeky plus size clothes? YES.

Fat Acceptance
-A powerful piece about fatness and eating disorders.
-There is going to be a Dances With Fat: The Movie!
On being fat, brown, femme, ugly, and unloveable.
My doctor didn’t fat-shame me, and it was a radical life-changing experience.
Can you do HAES and still want to lose weight?
Own the streets and the treats!
Shapely Prose tent revival: please do not literally torture yourself, ever.

Shapely Prose post of the week
Ask Aunt Fattie: Do I qualify for HAES?

two pink heart-shaped tropical flowers, one dark pink and one light pink

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Sunday links, 6/29/14

husky puppy with its tongue hanging out and eyes closed, wearing pink harness

A tiny, sleepy husky puppy I met while waiting in line for ice cream at my friend’s birthday party. 🙂

Congratulations to my friends Liz and Ian who are getting married today! (Yes, I scheduled this post in advance.)

Fa(t)shion
-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:

Fat Acceptance
-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.”

Everything Else
-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!

Sunday links, 2/23/14

One of my malamute friends chilling on a rapidly-melting pile of snow

Fa(t)shion
-Check out this master list of plus size stores that I contributed to!
-Melbourne fatshionistas, check out this plus market.
-Eloquii is back! They’re still expensive, but they have some really cute stuff, like this sequin skirt.
Leah writes about three blogs she recommends (including mine, yay!).

Fat Acceptance
-A new study suggests that loneliness is worse for our health than “obesity,” and Lindy West’s analysis is BRILLIANT. Seriously, read it and spread it as widely as you can. It’s the kind of piece that could make a lot of people have an “a-ha!” moment about fatness.
Being fat vs. having fat.
-If you are in Liverpool, UK, check out this fat-positive picnic–it looks so fun.
-Marilyn Wann makes some very good points about fatness, health, and bullying.
-Ragen Chastain interviews Virgie Tovar, Hanne Blank, and Rebecca Weinstein about fat sex. It’s a great conversation, except for this quote from Weinstein: “No one I talked to who liked themselves the way they are had any trouble finding partners, or love, or whatever it was they were looking for.” UGH. Sometimes it’s hard to find partners/relationships/etc just because it’s hard–because finding the right person is sheer dumb luck, no matter how comfortable you feel in your body. Having good self-esteem and body-image doesn’t magically make the right partner for you appear, even if it does make the process of looking less stressful.
-Love Thy Fatness writes about how her cat became stressed out when his food was restricted, and how it caused an epiphany about her own struggles with disordered eating and restriction.

Ragen’s fat cabaret group is amazing:
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Sunday links, 9/15/13

The best part of my commute is walking past these flowers every day.

I apologize for the lateness of this link roundup–this week was long and tiring, and then yesterday was Yom Kippur, so I haven’t had the chance to put together a post until now. But I’ve lots of good links to make up for it. 🙂

Fa(t)shion
-I love all of these gold shoes.
-I read in a fat-pos Facebook community that Rachel, the creator of InYo yoga wear, is working on adding plus sizes, and is looking for feedback about what sizes people want to see. If you’re interested, shoot her an email at info at inyowear dot com.
-The fatshion-o-sphere got all excited about Cabiria’s show at Fashion Week–it was the first plus size NYFW show, which is awesome–but the clothing itself is not particularly exciting or groundbreaking. And personally, I’m not a fan of Cabiria due to their owner’s history of exclusion and shitty behavior toward other fat women.
-Through Marianne’s latest fatshion article, I found out the exciting news that the daily deals site Zulily carries plus sizes!
In praise of leggings as pants. YES.
-I keep finding adorable, fashionable kitties on Tumblr, like these two wearing pink angel wings and this one in a dapper waistcoat.

Fat Acceptance
-Lindy West’s boyfriend is as awesome as she is. He wrote beautifully about the importance of fat activism, and social justice work in general, in response to a guy who just wasn’t getting it.
When fat bodies just “look wrong.”
-Casey writes about her experience commuting by bike while fat and disabled.

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Friday links, 8/23/13

Fa(t)shion
-Ragini rounds up awesome costume-y clothes in both plus and straight sizes.
-A big boo to Forever 21 for demoting all their full-time non-management employees to part-time.
Outfit ideas: how does a grown girl wear cat ears?
A history of fast fashion in comic form.
-Bella Styles interviews plus model Tiffany “Tip” Jones.
-I so want to make it to Fat Fancy, a radical fatshion boutique in Portland, someday. Virgie Tovar’s reading there looks like it was so much fun!

Fat Acceptance
-If you read one thing this week, make it this: The HAES files: death threats, anxiety, and dying while fat.
-Lindy West is brilliant. Always.
-Great pictures of fab fatties enjoying NOLOSE.
“Apology accepted” and other things I’ll never get to say to my former diet counselors.
-This watercolor painting of a fat flapper is the best thing ever.
I am not a fetish. YES.

Climate and Sustainability
A piazza on every block: how DIY placemaking is transforming communities.
-Bethany muses on mice, mountains, and risk-taking spirit.

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Friday links, 3/1/13

It’s March already–how did that happen?

Here’s a really cool video in which Tess Munster shares where she gets her clothing. I had to laugh when she described Torrid and SWAK as affordable, but…yeah.

Also awesome: an interview with Gabourey Sidibe on personal style! I love her.

Here are the links I’ve found interesting this week. Add your own recommendations in the comments, and feel free to self-promote!

Fa(t)shion
20 plus size fashion bloggers who wear a size 24 or above.
-Domino Dollhouse has started shooting for their Spring ’13 collection, and you can see a few pictures on their Instagram!
A look at the role of clothing in the struggle to shape one’s identity in the film Pariah.
-Advanced Style has a roundup of fabulous hats.
-Shannon at Nudemuse writes about more reasons why she’s not a famous fatshion blogger.
-Check out Glorify’s Tumblr fatshion outpost!
An open letter to Lane Bryant.
This is a really sweet story.

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Friday Links, 1/25/13

This makes me so happy. (source: Living ~400 lbs.)

Lots and lots of links this week. For whatever reason, the internet has been unusually full of interesting. Enjoy!

Fa(t)shion
5x DIY plus size Edwardian or steampunk costumes.
-I just came across the Etsy shop Youniquely Chic, which has gorgeous–and indeed unique–steampunk and industrial jewelry.
-Check out the DAMN GIRL THAT STYLE IS FAT! zine.
What fashion’s “ethnic” prints are really called.
My history with a headscarf.
-I like this Etsy treasury of galaxy-print things.
Statement necklaces are the best.
Geeky tees for Valentine’s Day!
-Betty Le Bonbon has an amazing collection of plus size retro clothing.
-If you’re in Cleveland, Ohio, you can shop Rachel Kacenjar’s closet. She has deeply discounted clothing mostly in sizes 12-24, and it all sounds fabulous–I wish I could teleport there!
Feminist fashion frustration of the day.
-This crystallized prosthetic leg is gorgeous.
-So, I know this post isn’t actually about Kat’s tutu, but…PINK OMBRE TUTU. WANT.
Stop commenting on my chipped nails.
-The new issue of Skorch Magazine is out!
-A woman at Arisia, a sci-fi convention here in Boston, made an amazing TARDIS dress. (Small world story: one of my coworkers is friends with her, and the coworker’s husband helped her paint the dress!) Unfortunately, some people have been insulting her size, which is idiotic and disappointing. She rocks, so much.

Fat Activism
Falsely filling in the story: on the bullshit of assuming that a fictitious fat, disabled woman must have “brought it on herself.”
-If you’re in Brisbane, join other fabulous fatties for a Chunky Dunk swimming party!
-Also in Australia (Newtown) is the world premiere of a documentary about a fat femme synchronized swimming team.
-Huzzah for fat burlesque!
-Also huzzah for fat pole-dancing. That shit requires amazing upper-body and core strength. I’ve tried aerial acrobatics, which is similar, a few times–it’s really hard.
-And, even more awesome fat dancing!
-Lesley Kinzel answers the question, How can I stop believing my life will be better if I lose weight?
The HAES files: from dieter to diet survivor.
-Reflections on Lena Dunham’s “thin for Detroit” remark.
-This story of a girl who almost died due to medical fat-phobia is terrifying. Just terrifying.
Looking the part.

A store window display in New York

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If only we could take vacations from fat shaming…

I had a great time in New York. But unfortunately, fat stigma shows up everywhere.

Fuck you very much, New York City. Fuck you very much.

On a related note, the NYC subway turnstiles are tiny. Which is a problem not only for some fat people, but for some disabled people and people with strollers or luggage as well. Without luggage, I fit through them fine, although without much room to spare. With a suitcase and a backpack? Not so much.

The stations had a gate for disabled people, but it had to be opened by a station attendant.

Boston does it so much better. We have relatively wide gates instead of turnstiles. And at each station, there’s one extra-wide gate for disabled people and anyone else who needs it. You don’t have to ask anyone to open it–you just tap your card and go through.

I grumble about the T as much as the next Bostonian, but this is one thing it gets right. I hope that New York, and other cities, follow our example to make their subway systems more easily accessible.

Friday Links, 11/23/12

FA
-The Fat Nutritionist has a lovely post of advice on dealing with the holidays.
It’s not because I’m fat.
This New Moon article about food and eating is amazing. I hope it reaches many, many girls.
The end of fat people: goodbye, Hostess.
-Lesley writes movingly about her preteen eating disordered years.
-A lovely piece–complete with adorable baby pictures!– by a mother who found that she could no longer hate her chin once she saw the same feature on her daughter.

Fa(t)shion
A new study shows that, despite the growing number of fatshion bloggers, mainstream companies have not responded by making more plus-size clothes. Although that’s disappointing, I agree with Nicolette Mason’s quote in the article. She says that the independent plus-size marketplace is thriving, and gives many examples of indie plus-size lines. Also, how cool is it that there’s a study called “Frustrated Fatshionistas: An Institutional Theory Perspective on Consumer Quests for Greater Choice in Mainstream Markets?”
-Threadless’ TARDamask shirt is back in stock! They only have a few sizes available (and unfortunately no Men’s 2XL, which should fit me according to the size chart), but if you wear one of those sizes, check it out.
These costumes are amazing.
-Who knew that Land’s End made some nice plus size clothing, including this lovely sequined skirt?
The real cost of your clothing.
Smart internet shopping for style lovers.
-This plus size Australian clothing swap sounds like so much fun!

Other
Tuesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which should be a day of action for cisgender people.
-Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, is working on a film about inequality in the US. He’s amazing–I took a class with him in college, and he’s probably the best lecturer I’ve ever heard. He can make any concept understandable and fascinating, and he’s got a great sense of humor. The inequality in our society right now is a huge, huge issue, and I’m glad he’s trying to bring it to light. I highly recommend donating to his Kickstarter, or at least passing on the word.
-A must-read from Dahlia Lithwick: I didn’t come back to Jerusalem to be in a war.
Cliff mocks the latest issue of Cosmo, which is as ridiculous as usual.
-A beautiful story by an adopted transwoman whose Korean birth mother gave her the courage to transition.
-A great comic from The Oatmeal about creating things for a living.

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