Archive For February, 2009

Outfitblogging: The significance of others

By | February 18, 2009


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Click through to the Flickr version for outfit info. I met my husband on the first day of classes in January of 1998; I was a junior, he was a grad student. A compulsive flirt, I (inadvertently) tipped my hand early on in our interactions such that it was plain that I dug him right […]

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For your consideration: Imaginary fat toys as cautionary tales

By | February 17, 2009


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Via AdFreak, the creepily-named “Active Life Movement” organization is warning parents and kids of the dangers of fatness by… imagining what fat toys would look like. Click any of the images below for the giant screen-filling versions. The tagline for this campaign is “Keep obesity away from your child,” but I am failing to understand […]

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Fat now, fat forever: Who reads weight-loss memoirs?

By | February 17, 2009


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Today I was on amazon.com – this is not unusual – and upon adding one of my purchases to my shopping cart, a bunch of weight-loss memoirs popped up as “recommended items”. Arguably the weight loss memoir is a very new genre, one that can probably be traced from the beginnings of large-scale (will these […]

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Slut shaming and the politics of tight clothes

By | February 16, 2009


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There is no shortage of slut bashing in this world. I remember one of the first times my mother told me that what I wanted to wear was inappropriate. I was about 8, and loved wearing bright colors and crazy patterns (clearly, not much has changed!). I had this gorgeous white ruffled tank top that […]

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Lesley’s Late-Season and Therefore Possibly-Not-That-Useful Guide to Tights

By | February 10, 2009


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There are three things I hear really, really often: 1. “Whoa, how many dresses do you own?” 2. “Do you EVER wear pants?” 3. “Where do you get your tights?” The answers are: 1. A whole lot. I haven’t counted, but I would guess it’s more than a couple dozen. 2. Yes, but generally only […]

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101: Ableism and Fat Activism

By | February 9, 2009


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A few days ago I got an email on a subject I’ve actually gotten several emails and comments about recently, and which (for my own stupid reasons which are delineated at the end of this post) I have avoided discussing: As a wheelchair user the biggest insult people seem to throw my way is that […]

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Marketing 101

By | February 9, 2009


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Are you heavy or healthy? Is this a message we’re still trying to answer? Haven’t we addressed this in some lecture hall, some street corner conversation, some text alert or bulletin board message? I seem to recall t-shirts or buttons, some bumper sticker I threw away. I swear we covered this already. Find your weight. […]

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Reading List: Universal Fatness!

By | February 6, 2009


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Two links today: Link the first is this delicious post from Fillyjonk on the perpetual Exception: One thing that claims of this nature have in common is, of course, a particularly navel-gazing kind of hasty generalization — “because something is true for me, it must be true for everyone.” Of all the common informal fallacies, […]

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Outfitblogging: Coming Out

By | February 5, 2009


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Click through to Flickr version for outfit info.* Today, this blog came up in conversation with my coworkers.** I’m pretty lucky to work in an environment where I can mention my blog where I (alongside my fellow bloggers) post potentially-narcissistic fatshion photos, profanity-riddled rants about challenging expectations (AKA the “fuck you” factor), and notices about […]

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