Sunday links, 11/9/14

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A peacock at the Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton, NJ

Fa(t)shion
When sweatpants become a form of protest: “There’s a reason that women dressing casually threatens the status quo — it’s subversive and the ultimate sign of not caring.” Fat women often suffer additional judgment when we dress casually, since an outfit that may be perceived as casually stylish on a thin women is seen as sloppy on a fat woman.
Future beauty: 30 years of Japanese fashion at QAGOMA.
Up close and personal with plus size cosplay shero, Brichibi Cosplays.
-Disappointingly, New Look is removing its plus size line from many stores in the UK. It’s the same old bullshit and it’s frustrating that this just keeps happening despite fat women loudly and regularly professing our interest in fashion.
-Sarah gives tips for finding your personal style, and Sally has advice on going through a style transition.
The Daily Mail fabricated a controversy over t-shirts to sully a women’s rights organization, and it worked.
18 months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, conditions are improving, but we still have a long way to go.
-Sheri rounds up 50 plus size holiday dresses, and Kellie finds 12 not-so-basic black pieces.
How dressing “ugly” helped me through a breakup.
Delia’s is dying, will live forever in our hearts. You can see more old Delia’s pages here (and of course, the catalog scans I put up a while ago. I keep meaning to get around to scanning and posting more pages…)
-Speaking of things I loved in high school, Marianne went to Hot Topic and got all nostalgic.

Fat Acceptance
Why I can’t wait to be a fat bride.
The CDC encourages workplace discrimination. Boooo.
-“People using the possibility of disability as a way to try to threaten/manipulate the behavior of fat people is ableist, it’s totally fucked up, and it needs to stop.” Continue reading

Dear Planned Parenthood, please #DropDunham

(trigger warning: sexual abuse) I’ve been spending the past few days reading, tweeting, and generally being upset about Lena Dunham’s abuse revelations–and the way that a certain corner of the feminist internet has responded by defending her, normalizing her actions, and accusing her critics of being right-wingers who either have an agenda or are jealous of her success. Some good background and analysis can be found here, here, here, and here.

I’ve been especially flabbergasted that Planned Parenthood Federation of America is continuing to use Dunham as a spokesperson. Last night, I took part in the #DropDunham hashtag on Twitter, started by Deva (@CatsBaril), which asked PP to remove Dunham as its spokesperson; this morning, I wrote an email to its president, Cecile Richards. If you want to join the conversation, you can email her at Cecile.Richards at PPFA dot org, or tweet to @ppfa using the #DropDunham hashtag. My letter is beneath the jump: Continue reading

Sunday links, 11/2/14

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Fa(t)shion
-Sally has a trick for switching handbags quickly and easily.
How to shop straight sizes if you’re plus.This is good advice from a blogger who usually wears a 22/24, which is about my size. A few caveats: it won’t work as well for women on the higher end of plus sizes, and sometimes the depressing-ness of being in a straight size store isn’t worth the off-chance of finding an oversized or stretchy item that will fit.
Settler and pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, etc.
-New Yorkers, check out the Stylish Curves plus size pop-up shop.
-San Franciscans, if you’ve been cleaning out your closets and want to get rid of clothing, check out the clothing drive for GLIDE’s Women Center.
Wanted & Found is a new online resource for plus size clothing.
-“I have a feeling that without Rei Kawakubo’s clothes, it would have taken a much longer time to realize I was queer.” This is a wonderful piece–I just wish this kind of life-changing sartorial experience were available to fat women too.
-Two fashion exhibits that look amazing: Jean Paul Gaultier at the NGV, and “Dance and Fashion” at the the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Death Becomes Her: the dark arts of crepe and mourning.

Fat Acceptance
-A new study about sizeist workplace discrimination finds that fat women earn less than thin women because they shunted into lower-paying blue-collar jobs.
Solving the “obesity epidemic” in one simple step.
-Andy Richter demonstrates the best way to respond to a fat joke made publicly about you.
Social barriers to intuitive eating.
Fat people’s worth shouldn’t be the price paid for other people’s healthfulness.
-Also in New York: the One Size Fits All with Sins Invalid film showing.
Doctors’ view on weight and weight loss.
Lies they told me about health. Continue reading