Friday Links, 12/14/12

Last weekend, Steve and I checked out a bunch of local craft fairs. At one of them, we ran into Joolie of I Am Joolienn. She’s been reading my blog, and she even made a headband inspired by my constant giant-bow-wearing! 😀

It’s made from the bow on the back of an ’80s prom dress–how cool is that?

Fat Activism
-A really important read: Why I will never advocate weight loss surgery.
Every single woman in America is now “curvy.”
Aren’t you uncomfortable? The things we assume about fat people.

Fa(t)shion
What if you’re too big for Lane Bryant? A resource list for people who are sized out of many plus size stores.
-How to make DIY googly eye bows.
Boutique to know: LUCY. I especially like the black and white damask dress!

Another highlight of our arts/crafts-event hopping: a giant jellyfish crocheted out of both yarn and plastic:

Other
Serena Williams is not a costume.
Where is Sage Smith, a missing transgender teenager of color?
The top ten relationship words that aren’t translatable into English.
PSY and the acceptable Asian man.
-This post isn’t recent, but it makes some points that need to be said over and over again: The distress of the privileged.
-Why food challenges are problematic.
-On a related note, Kate Harding makes a very good point about the way people respond to such challenges.
-Roxane Gay has a diverse list of book recommendations, in contrast to the many all-white book lists out there.
-As a grammar nerd myself, I love Marianne’s post about grammar and language. Continue reading

Friday Links, 12/7/12

So…I dug up some Lisa Frank stuff when I went to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving.

FA
-Lesley takes on the ridiculousness of a Kickstarter project aimed at…ending discrimination toward thin people? She’s so much more coherent than I could be about something so WTF-inducing.
Get thin or die trying: you know, for your health! An important post about the intersection of fat shaming and disability.
-From the Fat Nutritionist: Stuff people assume I believe, vs. stuff I actually believe.
-I love seeing pictures of adorable, happy chubby couples!

Fa(t)shion
-An interview with Tracy Broxterman of Domino Dollhouse.
-How to take style inspiration from the Eleventh Doctor.
Really effing festive headgear: 10 oversized, sparkly ridiculous choices. Don’t read the comments if you don’t want to be subjected to a ton of judging, irrational fascinator-hatred, and general nastiness, though. It sucks how much some people just hate to see other people having fun with style.
A great response to the whole “leggings are not pants” bullshit.
-Check out Fourteen, a new line of ready-to-wear suits and accessories especially for  lesbian, queer, and trans weddings and events, in sizes 0-24.
Queer fashion guide to buying a stylish hat.

Unicorn carousel!

Other
You can stop saying “I’m not a feminist but” now. I highly recommend reading this, as well as pretty much everything Roxane Gay writes.
Why I’m not down with food stamp challenges.
Co-opting the co-op: what’s the real cost of homesteading’s new hipness?
-The hidden ways microfinance hurts women. This is just…unfortunate and depressing. It’s painful to find out that a movement that seems so positive and empowering can actually hurt women, especially without any suggestions on how to change it. I’m going to have to do more thinking and researching.
Living in the shadow of Iran: I just learned my grandmother’s name. This is beautiful.

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