Awesome fat-related projects that need your support

contributors to Fattitude: A Body-Positive Documentary

I mentioned two of these in my latest Sunday links post, but I’m posting again because I’m excited (and in case anyone missed them)! Whether or not you can donate, please consider passing them along on social media.

1.) Fattitude: a Body Positive Documentary (pictured above)

This one looks amazing–it features so many kick-ass activists, from Marilyn Wann to Sonya Renee to Virgie Tovar to Linda Bacon. And it’s so, so needed. The more we can get out the message that all bodies are good bodies, that there’s nothing wrong with being fat, that it’s entirely possible to be both fat and happy (and healthy, whatever that means to you, if you want to prioritize health), the better.

2.) Fat Yoga Online Classes

This is also so needed! Personally, I’ve never had a problem going to yoga classes–even when I’m the fattest person there, which is often, I’ve never been treated poorly by the teacher or other students. In fact, I’ve had some pretty amazing teachers who are encouraging, give tons of modifications, and are all-around accepting. But I know I’m lucky, and that fat stigma can be a huge barrier to access to yoga for many people.

And even though I do enjoy taking yoga classes at various local studios, there’s something special about doing yoga with a group of people who look like me, in an explicitly body-positive atmosphere, and with teachers who give modifications specifically tailored to fat bodies. That’s what Fat Yoga will provide virtually.

3.) SometimesBeautiful Book

SometimesBeautiful is “a celebration and contemporary analysis of the notion of beauty, defined by a selection of over fifty artists, primarily women, spanning the globe from New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Berlin, Milan and Paris to Amsterdam, Seoul and Transylvania.”

Although it is not solely fat-focused, it contains contributions from fat activists such as Virgie Tovar, Amanda Levitt, and Golda Poretsky. I would love to see their work and the work of the other contributors!

Monday Links, 11/11/13

Apologies again for the lateness of this week’s links! I’m thinking about moving the feature to Sundays in the future.

This weekend Steve and I took a somewhat impromptu trip to Western Mass to hike with my parents and then visit a friend (and meet her new kitty), and it was lovely. 🙂 I hope you all had a good weekend, and are enjoying today’s holiday if you have it off.

Fa(t)shion
-The latest issue of Skorch is out! It features an amazing shoot of a drag queen wearing mostly Domino Dollhouse clothes.
-SimplyBe’s golden renaissance photoshoot, featuring a gaggle of fatshion bloggers, is gorgeous. There’s nothing like metallics and sparkle for the holidays.
-A Mighty Femme writes about her experiences with cutting her hair as a queer, Asian femme, and about the pressure to be fabulous within the fat acceptance movement as a way to counteract stereotypes.
-I’ve been reading a bunch of posts about Plus London 2013, a plus size fashion and community weekend. Unfortunately, many more people showed up for the Brand Day than for the Community Day, which says something troubling about the influence of corporations on fatshion communities.
Africa’s first fair-trade garment manufacturer is a model for women’s empowerment.
-Heather Ann discovered Blue Fish, a company that makes organic, ethically-produced plus size clothes. Their items are definitely expensive, and not everyone’s style, but I’m glad they exist.
-Igigi’s blog interviews Elizabeth of Culture Shocked on being an American expat fatshionista in China.
-Through this amazing post on Advanced Style–I aspire to be half that fabulous when I’m an old lady!–I found Lauren Shanley’s site, which is pure eye candy. (Note: some of her works are potentially culturally appropriative.)
-Isabel rounds up ten TARDIS-themed wearables in honor of Doctor Who’s upcoming 50th anniversary special.
-These tomboy flower girl outfits are adorable.
-Appalatch, a company that produces clothing ethically in the US, has come up with an idea for a sweater that is custom-made to the customer’s measurements, reducing fabric waste. Of course, their clothes don’t come in plus sizes–and to be honest, they’re pretty boring–but it’s a good idea, and I hope to see it catch on.

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Friday Links, 8/30/13

One of my birthday cupcakes, and my Candyland-decorated fridge 🙂

Can you believe it’s almost September? I love feeling that almost-fall crispness in the air and getting early apples from the farmer’s market. And although I will miss beach-going, I can’t wait for apple-picking/pumpkin-everything-eating/leaf-peeping season! Fall in New England is the best.

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Feel free to leave links to things you’ve read or written in the comments!

Fa(t)shion
Re/Dress is opening a new physical location in Cleveland, Ohio!
-Girl With Curves hosts a peplum style challenge, showing women of various shapes and sizes rocking the style.
-I wish I could have been at this fat girl pop-up shop: it looks like so much fun!
9 androgynous clothing labels you should know.
-Ragini analyses the ways in which her style reflects resistance to colonialism and racism.
-Pink denim vests and My Little Pony patches? Hell yes.
-Alicia has started The Roll Model Roster, a group of fashion and lifestyle bloggers who are fat, disabled, and/or over 40.
-Shannon responds to Tim Gunn’s realization that there’s not enough plus size clothing available.

Fabulous fat shopping with Virgie Tovar:

Fat Acceptance
Things my body is not.  So much yes.
-Marianne writes about how her experience working at Lane Bryant helped her learn to love her body.

Everything Else
-I love this post from Robert Reich (with whom I was lucky to take a class in college!) on the sense of powerlessness that so many of us feel, and how we’re not really as powerless as we often think.
Twerking makes the OED on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
-Mikki Kendall gives advice on how to be an ally.
-Two important perspectives from women who feel left out of the black/white binary that characterized much of #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen: a Mexican-American who identifies as a “white woman of color,” and an Asian-American who finds herself left out of conversations on social justice.
Support striking fast food workers.
A letter to the mixed and tender with roots that tangle.
The myth of the teenage temptress: or why a young girl cannot consent to sex with an adult man.
-Reflections on the complicated relationship between food justice and eating disorders.
On Miley Cyrus, ratchet culture, and accessorizing with black people.

Behind the scenes with Lisa Frank? HELL YES.

-I love the idea of calligraffiti.
-Cutest thing EVER: a Kermit and Miss Piggy themed wedding!
-What do you get when you mix an Alaskan malamute, a German shepherd, and a Siberian husky? A dog that looks just like a wolf!

Friday links 8/16/13

My favorite part of the farmers’ market. 🙂

Happy Friday! How have all of your weeks been going? I just started a new temp job as a Package Tetris Specialist (ahem, mail clerk), and it’s been good but exhausting. I am very, very glad that it’s almost the weekend.

Fa(t)shion
-I so wish I could be in Oakland for Virgie Tovar’s pop-up shop. That pink cloche! *swoons*
-Speaking of hats, this Advanced Style hat roundup is amazing. New life goal: become an old lady with the coolest hats.
-Even more haaaats! I am particularly in love with, well, the one that says “LOVE” in giant flower-covered letters.
-Chubby Cartwheels has a new line of hologram clothing!
-Marianne reviews the Enell sports bra (my favorite), bandalettes, and a tank top called the Breast Nest.
-She also writes about her feelings about dudes who creep on online fatshion pictures, which is pretty much how I feel as well.
Steal her style: Ali Koehler of Upset.

Fat Acceptance
-I love these chubby girl illustrations.
-Oxygen’s new show in which formerly fat people get revenge on fat shamers? Ugggh.
-Check out this fat cabaret show in L.A.–it will be streaming live for people who can’t make it in person.
-Point your med-student friends to the new HAES Curriculum, which is “a peer-reviewed curriculum designed for teaching health professionals and university students about the Health At Every Size® model.”
Hey, assholes: deporting fat people doesn’t actually make them go away.

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Friday Links, 8/9/13

Mwahahaha! Taken by The Meanwhile Project at Figment Boston.

Fa(t)shion
-Erin has more ideas of things Gabourey Sidibe could have worn in Harper’s Bazaar.
Tripp NYC has a few plus size items available online, and is working on more!
Various exciting fatshion news, including H&M finally selling their clothes online in the US.
Beth Ditto wears Gaultier for her Hawaii wedding, and looks amazing.
-There’s so much fatshion-spiration in Offbeat Bride’s plus size brides Pinterest board.

Fat Acceptance
Virgie Tovar interviews Rachel, a fat-positive personal trainer.
On the necessity for real-world fat communities.
-The book Fatropolis sounds amazing–it’s definitely going on my reading list.
Unintentionally inspirational: the Lumpy Space Princess.
Fat, fibromyalgia, and exercise.

Climate and Sustainability
David Roberts wants to live in a baugruppe, and now I do too.
-A new study shows that today’s technology could be used to power the world with renewable energy–all that’s needed is the political will to do it.
-Bethany uses the Princess Bride as a metaphor for finding the tools to save the world.
Like shopping at local businesses? Now you can invest in them, too.

Everything Else
Immigration is a feminist issue–we need to treat it that way.
-Love this: Dear daughter, I hope you have some fucking awesome sex.
Lady Gaga has a burqa problem. UGH.
-Sarah Kendzior exposes the economic forces behind the myth of “opting out.”
The chronic pain PSA.
Should feminists be critical of compulsory monogamy?
-Two great Captain Awkward posts on online dating and queer romance.
5 tips for calling out transphobia.
How to be an ally to Muslim women: an incomplete starter kit.
Ann Giles’ husband transitioned during their marriage, and 17 years later they’re still in love.
10 thoughts on mental illness, abuse, and survivors.
Hugo Schwyzer and the consumption of redemption narratives.
-A really interesting essay on geek culture.
Visible bodies: transgender narratives retold.
-A beautiful example of doing parenting right: we think he might be a boy.

What have you been reading/writing this week?

Friday links, 6/21/13

An awesomely geeky car I saw recently.

Happy Friday! As usual, feel free to link to anything interesting you’ve read or written this week in the comments.

Fa(t)shion
-Lesley rounds up some cute floral print stuff.
Elegance for all: can ModCloth change plus size fashion for good?
-Advanced Style’s photoshoot in Vogue Australia is gorgeous.
We’re here, we’re queer, and we look real cute: indie designers challenging gender norms.
-There’s now a blog for fatshionable apples!
This dress. Oh, this dress! It’s like a giant cupcake and I want one just like it.

Fat Activism
A great interview with Virgie Tovar in both English and German.
This protest outside of a Victoria’s Secret in California, including both Virgie Tovar and Marilyn Wann, is awesome! You can see more pictures here on About-Face’s Facebook page.
-Melissa at Shakesville has yet another addition to the Fatstronauts 101 series, this time taking down the myth that fat people are stupid.
-Are you looking for a part-time internship doing fat activism? Check out the Militant Baker’s call for interns.
Public health does not make me public property.
Death is always a shock: on James Gandolfini and the rush to explain an unexpected loss.
-Two more good analyses of the AMA’s decision, from the Fat Nutritionist and Feed Me, I’m Cranky.

A great takedown of the idea that fat women shouldn’t cosplay thinner characters:

Climate and Sustainability
-The Climate Justice Hub here in Somerville is now open, and it’s an awesome space for community-building and action. If you live in the area, check out their calendar of events.
-Through an event at the CJ Hub, I met Bethany, an amazing writer who blogs about making the world a better place at Granite Bunny. I highly recommend everything she writes, but here are a few places to start: Bicknell’s thrush, Yoga and Montana’s Tongue River Valley, and We’re gonna win.
Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are transition towns the way forward?

Everything Else
-I recently came across anthropologist Sarah Kendzior‘s writing, and I love all of it. I wish more people were deconstructing our economic system the way she does. A few of my favorite recent pieces: In defense of complaining, The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy, and The unaffordable Baby Boomer dream.
On being a “good” black man, from the perspective of a transgender man who started to face a different kind of racism once he transitioned.
-I love these answers from students about why they need feminism.
On invisible health issues, and the complex space between “healthy” and “disabled.”
Enforcing poverty to access health care.
Why cops don’t believe rape victims, and how brain science can help solve the problem.

Friday Links, 2/8/2013

Big-ass hat? Hell yes. (Scan of an old Mode Magazine page from Shapely Prose.)

Fatshion
Fatshion police: how plus size blogging left its radical roots behind.
An eco-friendly dress competition in time for awards season.
-I really like this activism idea!
Opening Frida’s closet: an exhibition of Kahlo’s clothing reveals fierce feminism. I would love, love, love to be able to see this exhibit.
Size 2 through 18: me and my pants take a walk down memory lane.
-A photoset of badass black goths.
There’s actually cute plus size clothing at JC Penney. Who knew?
A good article on fatshion, including its radical aspects, from the Daily Dot.
-One blogger’s goal for Fatshion February: to restyle and reuse.
-Amazing photos from a fashion museum in London.
A history of sequins, from King Tut to the King of Pop.
-I never stop being inspired by the clothing on wedding blogs. This groom’s embroidered suit is nothing short of amazing!
On fatphobia within the Goth subculture.

Fat Activism
I’m not pregnant, I’m fat.
-Check out Rachele’s free How To Be a Fat Bitch e-course!
-On fat dating.
-If you needed any more evidence that fat hatred harms and kills, here it is.
MTV interviews Virgie Tovar.
The body I have.
Fat, sex, and politics (not necessarily in that order).
-If you’re in Toronto, you can meet up with awesome fat activist Marilyn Wann!
-It’s disappointing to see Ellen DeGeneres promoting fat shame.
-Fat people are having our reproductive rights threatened.
-Good for NJ Governor Chris Christie for standing up for himself after a former White House doctor said she worries about him dying in office.

An important message from Boggle the Owl.

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Friday links, 1/4/13

Delicious pomegranate chocolate cupcakes that a friend made

Fat Activism
In news we already knew, “overweight” people have a lower risk of mortality than “normal weight” ones. Paul Campos and Marilyn Wann both have great responses.
-Ragen reviews her successes of 2012, and reveals a new project.
-Tori’s new year resolution: to like food.
-Hanne Blank interviews Virgie Tovar, author of Hot & Heavy.
-Haley of Redefining Body Image reflects on how her great-grandmother taught her to be fat and fabulous.

Fa(t)shion
-Chubstr interviews Reah Norman, the Executive Fashion Director for PLUS Model Magazine.
-Buttercup has a great post about saying no to fashion rules–and check out her badass squirrel sweater!
Dani and Ms. Red Kitty are both undertaking no-buying wardrobe challenges. I really like the point that one of the commenters on the latter post made:

I really think I have a “thing” about clothes just because of how… unavailable clothing that I liked used to be. Up until the last couple of years it was very hard to find things, so I sort of have a “buy now or you’ll never have it” attitude. Really have to be careful, step back, and think about whether I need that item or will I ever wear it.

This is so true. And even though more clothing is now available in plus sizes, it’s still more expensive than straight-sized clothing–and it’s hard to find anything at thrift stores–so it’s easy to end up spending too much money.

Everything Else
Guidelines for enjoying other cultures without appropriating them.
-A beautiful story about an amazing woman: What my mother taught me about feminism and fear.
On behalf of Willow Smith and girls like her, shut up.
-It may be a bit late for linking to holiday gift guides, but I like this list of media made by queer people of color.
-I like Aoife’s take on the “friend zone.”
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Book review and matching OOTD: Hot & Heavy

How awesome is Steve? He got me Virgie Tovar’s new anthology, Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion, for Hanukkah!

Dress: Sealed With a Kiss Designs, leggings: American Apparel, shoes: Naot, bangles: Torrid and Deb, necklace: I Am Joolienn, earrings and headband: So Good

The dress is sort of a Hanukkah present to myself. I’d been eyeing it for a long time, and couldn’t resist when it went on sale half-off for Black Friday.

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Friday links, and more cupcakes

Happy Friday! Have a few interesting links from around the intarwebs, brought to you by these cupcakes that my roommate’s friend left on our kitchen counter.

Pretty good for store-bought cupcakes.

Surprise! New Study Finds That Being Fat Does Not Make You More Likely To Die – complete with yet another awesome Photoshopped picture of Lesley, and the observation that, “I realize the use of mortality — which, after all, eventually reaches 100% for everyone — is sort of curious, but this is how public health statistics work.”

‘Firefly’ getting TV reunion special, filming at ComicCon – squeeeee!

Ten Rules for Fat Girls

It’s a Fact

Two upcoming books that look good: Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion ed. Virgie Tovar, and The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts by Hanne Blank

Two amazing pieces of public art: a plexiglass watertower in Brooklyn, and playgrounds made of yarn in Japan

How Do I Start to Date? A Counter-Intuitive Primer – Although the letter writer turned out to be a douchecanoe, Captain Awkward’s answer and the comment thread is full of really, really good advice. This is why I love CA and the Awkward Army.

Cookie Monster Stars in Sesame Street ‘Call Me Maybe Parody’ – this made my week. Ok, maybe my month…Ok, maybe my life.