Sunday links, 5/24/15

purple lilac bushes

Fa(t)shion
-Are googly-eyed accessories the next trend? I hope so!
Tess Holliday is on the cover of People! It’s amazing to see someone my size on the cover of that magazine, and not as a “before” picture. Buzzfeed also has a great profile of her.
-My fellow Bostonian Anna is going a year without buying clothing.
Big and Tall Men’s Clothing is a Facebook group for buying and selling plus-size men’s clothes.
How Native American fashion looks without cultural appropriation.
Blogging, ethics, and reselling.
11 plus size designers who are also bloggers.
-I’m excited for Rebel Wilson’s collaboration with Torrid.
Where to shop for size 28+ clothing.
7 sexy swimsuits in sizes 4x and up.
Fan BingBing’s floral tulle gown with a cherry blossom crown is epically gorgeous.
-“It took me years to understand that the cycle of falling in and out of love with things—with a version of yourself, even—can be a lovely thing, and crucial in helping you figure out who you really are.”

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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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More animal-related ridiculousness: fat camp for dogs

golden retriever in park

This cute pup, who I met at a park a month or two ago, approves this message.

As if we needed any more proof that the OMG!besity epidemic is really about profit, I just read that the Morris Animal Inn is offering a luxury weight-loss resort program…for dogs. And it includes everything from “pawlates” to organic granola bars.

Seriously? Seriously?!

Look, I love dogs. I grew up with dogs. My friends can attest to the fact that I’m constantly dashing after potential canine friends.

But dogs aren’t human. Dogs don’t need fancy workout programs or organic food. Most dogs are perfectly happy with the simple life of snuggles, hiking and/or swimming, kibble, and the occasional egg.

And although they aren’t human, dogs come in all shapes and sizes just like people do. I’ve known enough dogs to see that some are naturally thin, and others are naturally chubby, regardless of what they eat or how much they exercise. I have a feeling that trying to change a dog’s weight isn’t much more successful in the long term than trying to change a person’s weight, and that healthy habits are the best predictor of health for dogs as well as people.

But there’s no money to be made in loving your pups as they are, feeding them whatever dog food best agrees with their bodies, and taking them out regularly to the woods or the dog park.

I keep hoping that eventually the rhetoric around “obesity” will get so ridiculous that people will start seeing through it…could this finally be that moment?

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, 9/22/13

Fa(t)shion
-Huzzah! Re/Dress Cleveland is now open. In other exciting Re/Dress news, the iconic Size Queen rainbow zebra dress is now available on their site.
-The Phatshion Peacock hung out in a a fatkini under a waterfall, and the resulting pictures are gorgeous.
-So much nostalgia: the 27 most ’90s outfits worn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
-Good news: ASOS Curve has expanded their sizes range to include size 24, which could actually fit women who wear up to a 26-28 since their sizing runs large.
-I love these portraits of women who sell African print fabric in London.

Fat Acceptance
-For the “news that make me want to smash things” files, a toddler in Saudi Arabia was given weight-loss surgery. Fuck.
Fat as a metaphor: don’t do that, everyone will know you’re fat!
Fat kids and formerly-fat kids are at significant risk of eating disorders, yet are more likely to go undiagnosed and untreated.
-So much yes to this quote about the hot fat girl revolution.
-Ragen discusses ways to increase mobility regardless of size.

Everything Else
When your (brown) body is a (white) wonderland: the best analysis I’ve read yet of the racial dynamics in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance.
-#IAmMargaretMary.
Who is a “journalist?” People who can afford to be.
-In Norway, prisoners are actually treated like people.
Queered science: why social justice and STEM fields should hang out more often.
Occupy at two: how a flawed and fleeting utopia changed the world.
-Roxane Gay is calling for submissions for her new series at Salon featuring writing by feminists (of any gender) of color.
Fear and loathing (as a 21-year old queer) in Singapore.
-I would love to visit this steampunk coffee shop someday.
-This golden retriever’s puppy’s first visit to the beach is the cutest thing ever.

Cider-making, giant veggies, and a tiny horse!

Here are a few pictures of the adventures I had while wearing my new giant bow. Steve, my brother, and one of our friends went to a small-town harvest fair, where saw, among other things, a giant zucchini.

I also met an incredibly sweet 12-year old golden retriever therapy dog.

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