Not only was this weekend the Big Thrifty here in Boston and the Big Fat Flea in New York, but it was also the Fat Flash Mob in San Francisco! It looks like it was so much wonderful fat booty-shaking fun:
Jessica Judd has a great photo album from the event here, and Marilyn Wann has a few pictures here, here, and here (how rad is that hot pink flapper jumpsuit?!)
I love this kind of activism: just a bunch of awesome fatties being publicly loud, proud, and happy, wearing cute clothes and dancing up a storm. This is exactly what the world needs more of.
My classy feline friend Napoleon enjoying the sun
-This is such a cool idea, and ties into everything I’ve been writing and thinking about sustainable fashion: Open source 3D knitter lets you digitally fabricate your clothes.
-I so wish I could teleport to Australia for the Curvy Couture Roadshow!
–The fall runways were filled with ravers and club kids. YES.
-Amanda has started a Pinterest board for plus size bridal and bridesmaid dresses.
-The newest issue of Volup2 is out, with two full volumes of awesomeness!
–Tips on wearing your ballerina skirt perfectly.
–Normcore is bullshit: how class, disability, and privilege intersect with fashion.
–Learning to dress “professionally” in a white man’s world.
–The mysterious disappearance of Target’s plus size section, explained.
–7 fat-positive activists and bloggers you should follow.
-Issa answers the “what being a fat woman is really like” questions.
–Wicked to release new plus size sex education video.
-Torontonians of color, check out this event: What is body positivity? Exploring fatness, self-esteem, and fat-positivity for indigenous, black, and people of color.
–Yoga, fat, and fitness.
–Chef serves up fresh insights on food, fat, and fun.
-I love this cartoon about body shapes.
A great mini-documentary on Ragen’s More Cabaret:
Lots and lots of links this week. For whatever reason, the internet has been unusually full of interesting. Enjoy!
–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.
–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