Sunday links, 1/11/15

grpup of four people walking in a snowy field and crossing a small, frozen stream

Wintry frolicking

Fa(t)shion
-When I read this, I was internally jumping up and down and shouting “YES”: The revolution will not be plus-sized. I’m working on a post of related reflections, which I’ll try to put up within the next few days.
Deb is going out of business, which is a good opportunity to get clothes at rock-bottom prices, but also sad because it’s one of the few options for cheap, trendy plus size clothing. I still remember how excited I was the one time I visited a Deb store in person.
-Leah writes about why she is finished with SimplyBe.
-Gabifresh’s new line of swimsuits looks awesome. Like her last line, it only goes up to a size 24, but she is hoping to expand the size range in the future.
A review of (mostly) black plus size leggings.
The most important fashion trend of this century: Quvenzhane Wallis’ puppy purses.
Legendary women in literature are rewriting the rules of style. This piece links to a great piece by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her struggle to be taken seriously within the literary world as a woman who loves fashion.
-New online vintage shop Future is the Future sells clothes with sizes listed in both men’s and women’s sizing.
-Major fatshion inspiration: the incredibly glamorous all-black outfits of Melissa McCarthy, Amber Riley, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Advanced Style interviews the Accidental Icon: “As someone who has been involved in thinking about social welfare and social well-being for my entire career, I have recently become interested in the power of fashion and clothing to challenge oppression alongside it’s [sic] potential power to oppress.”
Target finally listened to Chastity Garner and decided to make a plus size designer collaboration….which will be available online only. *sigh*
-I love Buttercup’s end-of-2014 post, especially this: “Seriously though, where does this come from, this bizarre, misplaced sense of moral outrage at other people’s clothing choices, as if there were a universally recognised right and wrong way to get dressed?”
-If you live in western MA, check out this upcoming clothing swap.

field of black cows in winter

On our adventures, we came across a field of friendly cows.

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So much fat fabulousness

Seriously, is this National Fat Week of Awesome or something?

First, there’s the short film Fatshionably Viral: The Weight of Visibility, which Linda Dianne made for her MA thesis.

She’s planning to turn it into a feature-length documentary about the Fatshionista LiveJournal, fatshion blogging, and body positivity, which is so exciting. I can’t wait to see what she does with it!

Then there’s this amazing video that Gabi Gregg made of herself, Tess Munster, and Nadia Aboulhosn singing along to Beyonce’s “Flawless.”

I generally don’t pass along things that Nadia Aboulhosn does, because she’s said some racist stuff. But I’m making an exception in this case both because this video is SO NEEDED, and because I feel that the positives of promoting the work of a black woman (Gabi) outweigh the negatives of lending credibility to a woman who has made anti-black comments (Nadia).

Friday links, 5/31/13

Cute shoes I got from Roaman’s a while back. Unfortunately, they weren’t comfortable and I had to return them. But at least cute shoes came in my size, so there’s hope!

Wow, it’s almost June already. How did that happen?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Feel free to share anything you’ve read or written!

Fat Acceptance
-Check out this call for testimony in support of an act against weight/height discrimination in Massachusetts.
Sized up: why fat is a queer and feminist issue. YES.
No more stitch-ups! Media literacy for fat activists.
-I really like this model of activism: focusing on the fabulousness.
-A fat dance company in Portland, OR is seeking dancers.
-It made me so happy to see this post about teaching kids to think critically about the “obesity epidemic” on National Geographic’s education blog.
-Miss Conduct has great advice on handling misplaced compliments about weight loss.

Fa(t)shion
Reflections on plus size dress forms from a fashion student.
-New Yorkers, check out the Big Fat Flea, which is coming up on June 9th. They keep posting pictures of awesome clothing on their Facebook page, and I’m jealous!
-If you’re thinking about buying one of Gabifresh’s neon fatkinis, read this warning from two women who unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions while wearing them.
-This Harajuku-inspired shoot with unicorns and rainbows is amazing.
-Sadly, Natalie will no longer be making fat necklaces after June 4th. Make sure to snap one up before they’re gone! Luckily, though, you can still get the design on a t-shirt or sweatshirt.
Mmmm, hat porn.

Climate and Sustainability
Huzzah! Bill McKibben has won the $100,000 Sophie Prize.
Signs of hope in the fight against climate change.
Keystone: what we know.
Harnessing citizen power to fund a U.S. solar revolution.
-This American Life has a great segment on climate activism.
-This ode to a New Jersey town that was hit by Hurricane Sandy is powerful and sad: “Place is not meant to be eulogized. I don’t want to think that my place may have to be.”

Everything Else
– My friend Kit has a great piece about the problems with the concept of “it gets better.” 
-I love this profound and hilarious poetry written by arranging book spines.
How not to be a dick to your deaf friend, or your friend with depression.
On working for free.
What do dress codes say about girls’ bodies?
11 things not to say to a woman who doesn’t want kids.
Women are not their worst own beauty critics. I hate that meme, and I’m so glad to see someone taking it down.
-Marianne takes on the problems with trying to scientifically quantify beauty.

I love this way of naming things:

And this…this is just ridiculously adorable. Enjoy!

On fatkinis and exclusion

News of Gabi Gregg’s new swimsuit collection has been making the rounds in the fatshion-sphere. I’m of two minds about it…

On one hand, how amazing is that galaxy print fatkini? I’d wear the shit out of that. It looks like the top might even be decently supportive. And although I’m not a fan of high-waisted anything, the bottoms are designed to be rolled down.

I’ve never worn a fatkini before, and if I had the money to buy one right now, this is one I’d love to start with.

But…the collection, like so many plus size lines, only goes up to a size 24.

It’s so frustrating how common the arbitrary size limit of 24 is for the many of the cutest, trendiest plus size clothes. It leaves so many people out.

In this case, it’s especially frustrating, because the collection starts at a size 10. Women who wear a size 10, 12, 14, sometimes even 16 or 18 can find their sizes in straight sized stores. It seems unfair that they’re being given yet another option, while options in a 24+ are so limited.

Just once, I’d like to see a plus size line that starts at 20 or 22 or 24. I understand that it takes a certain amount of time/effort/money to draft patterns in different sizes, so a new line might not be able to make a large range of sizes–but why start at 10, which isn’t even a plus size? Why not 14-28, 18-32, 22-36?

I’m happy to see fatkinis making news, and I give Gabi credit for doing something creative and cool, but…it just sucks to see women who wear sizes 24+ be excluded yet again. It sucks how often plus size clothing lines are presented as revolutionary when they leave so many people out. It sucks that the same people keep getting left out, over and over again.