Friday Links, 11/18/13

I would like to lease some joy. (Sign seen in Milford, CT)

Fat Activism
-All of Rachele’s Shame-Less Ads are amazing.
-Help get fat activist and all-around badass Nomy Lamm to L.A. to audition for the Voice!
Before and after: why weight loss commercials are dangerous and how fat acceptance saved my life.
Fat woman falls through New York sidewalk and it’s high comedy to a bunch of jerks. Uggh.
-Redefining Body Image (which is on fire, btw–if you’re not reading them yet, you should be!) has put together a Big Fat List of myth-defying health resources.
Introducing Aerodynamic by Katy Russell, a series of awesome fat-positive art.
-Huzzah for fat-pos bridal shops!

Fa(t)shion
-How to dress for the Edwardian Ball.
-This is a really cool idea for organizing earrings.
-A great directory of plus size stores.
Bow ties are making a comeback.

Seashells on the beach in Milford

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Friday Links, 11/16/12

It’s Friday. Why not start off with some fun fluff?

FA
-The ridiculousness of the concept of “extra weight.”
A few thoughts on Love Your Body Day.
Five things every gym should already be doing.
-Surprise! Our friends’ attitudes about their bodies influence our own.
-An interview with an awesome fat yoga teacher.

Fa(t)shion
-Passing this along from Fatshionista: a request for Pinterest users willing to be interviewed for a school project.
Jessica Dee’s Etsy shop has gone live! I think my favorite piece is this brocade skirt.
-This Firefly shirt, which I found through Natalie, is just amazing.
-From the other Natalie comes this unedited rant about looking into fatshion’s navel. She makes so many good, important points–make sure to check it out. I have a lot of thoughts about all of it, and may expand them into a post later.
Worker abuse is a fashion don’t.
-This Etsy store sells gorgeous, cheap appliques that could easily be made into necklaces by adding a ribbon.
-Through Sal’s post on warm winter tops and jackets, I found the gorgeous clothing brand Desigual. They only carry up to a US 14, booo. But if you’re an in-betweenie, check them out, because their stuff is unique and amazing. I would especially want this shirt if it came in my size.
Seven cute, quirky, and possibly rule-breaking plus-size sweaterdresses.

Other
-A new advice column I like: Turning the Screw.
Identity politics and grammar in the developmental writing classroom.
30 things you don’t have to have by 30.
Why Occupy’s plan to cancel consumer debt is brilliant. Seriously, this plan is so creative and amazing, it just makes me want to jump for joy.
The last neighborhood I loved: Rockaway, Queens.
Ask Lesley: How do I stop accidentally offending people all the time?

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On life and dreams: a ramble

I aspire to be glamorous like Kat Williams and La Carmina: to wear vintage dresses and get paid to travel the world. To make magazines. To go on adventures with kindred fa(t)shion spirits in party dresses, petticoats, and pink hair.

I aspire to inspire other fat girls and women like Tess Munster. To create badass images of fat beauty. To show them they, too, can be beautiful.

I aspire to walk in the woods, full of wonder, like Mary Oliver. To live by the ocean, to wander the tidal flats, to dive deep into the blue mystery that is life.

I aspire to tell my truths, like Cheryl Strayed. To crack hearts open in the best way. To write with both brutality and kindness.

I am still struggling to integrate these visions, these dreams, the many different ways I see myself. Continue reading