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!
-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.
–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.”
– 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!
In eleventh grade, my high school Latin class took a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts.
What I remember now isn’t the art or ancient artifacts, but a book I saw in the gift shop: Shiochi Aoki’s Fruits, a compilation of fashion photos from the streets of Tokyo.
Pink tutus! Colorful plastic jewelry! Plaid mixed with leopard print! Parasols! Brightly colored hair! Tiaras! Platform Mary Janes! My punkish teenage self was enraptured.
I loved the over-the-top mixing of styles and cultures. The deconstructing of fashion and putting it back together with a bow on top, a Hello Kitty purse, and ripped fishnets. The glorious, riotous color.
Years later, I still count Fruits (and its sequel, Fresh Fruits) among my biggest style influences.
Here are a few pictures I’ve taken of the books’ pages; I would have scanned them, but my scanner was in a bad mood. They are just the tip of the fruity iceberg, so if you want more fabulous kawaii and punk and Lolita inspirations, be sure to check out the books.