Archive For October, 2010

From the vaults: Reviving the Museum of Fat Love

By | October 29, 2010


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A few folks, in a few places, have criticized my decision to formally contribute to the conversation began by Maura Kelly’s Marie-Claire-sanctioned fat-hate blog, arguing that my doing so somehow validates the original post, or that I wasn’t mean enough to Kelly, or that my submitting a response helps Marie Claire benefit by the uproar. […]

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Who wants to see happy fat people in love? Not Marie Claire!

By | October 26, 2010


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ETA: At their request, I’ve also submitted a “counterpoint” guestblog to Marie Claire, arguing in favor of more body diversity — including fat people! — on TV. You can read that here. The gorgeous image to the left is borrowed from the Museum of Fat Love, which hasn’t been updated in forever but is still […]

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“I get nervous”: Thoughts on the tyranny of fear

By | October 25, 2010


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Last week, a senior news analyst, Juan Williams, was fired from NPR. This happened as a result of comments he made on the oft-reprehensible Bill O’Reilly’s punditry show on Fox News (a network that is also oft-reprehensible, and as my husband and I walked past Rockefeller Center whilst in New York last week, my husband […]

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Burly Giveaway: We have a winner!

By | October 22, 2010


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The winner has been chosen! To keep things fair, I had to move a few comments back to the moderation queue temporarily as some folks commented twice, which is fine in general but that would have given them extra entries. The number generator at Random.org picked number 36, and so the winner is: Yay! I’ll […]

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I R SRS FEMINIST; THIS R SRS POST.

By | October 15, 2010


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So. I haven’t mentioned this here* before now because, frankly, I’m quite terrible at self-promotion and have a frustrating inclination toward devaluing my abilities and diminishing my accomplishments. This is why I would probably benefit from having some kind of agent/manager/Lesley-wrangler. Anyway. Deep breath: I’ve been chosen as one of 40 feminists under 40 to […]

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Your participation requested!

By | October 15, 2010


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Two opportunities for you, my fats, to talk about your hulking awesome: First, I’ve received a communiqué from Eve Binder, who is writing a piece for The Daily Beast on fat studies and fat college life. From the email: “I’m looking for students who have taken courses in the field, as well as fat students […]

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Giveaway! Win a copy of Burly, a collection of hot fat-dude pinups.

By | October 14, 2010


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Some weeks ago I received an email from Jeremy Owen, the artist behind Burly, a collection of “beefy pinups with a geeky twist.” It’s probably not a shock that I was very, very chuffed about this, given my occasional musings on the sexuality and sexualization, queer or otherwise, of fat men’s bodies. This collection doesn’t […]

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Quickie: Why I Love Regina Benjamin

By | October 5, 2010


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Yep, another quick hit, but I’m trying to write a book here! The above video — it’s super short so do consider watching it — was posted to the United States Health & Human Services YouTube channel back in January. Yeah, I didn’t know they had a YouTube channel either. In it, Regina Benjamin, the […]

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Open Thread: Huge is over.

By | October 4, 2010


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It seems that the result many of us dreaded most has come to pass: Huge has been canceled. We’ve lost not only a series that was of impressive quality by any standard, but some of the best, most sensitive, and most nuanced representations of diverse bodies and diverse people (not to mention being really, really […]

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You are okay: The video

By | October 4, 2010


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I’ve made the promised video, in which I repeat the important parts of Friday’s post on bullying and harassment. While giving young people hope is of the utmost importance, sometimes a results-based outcome (i.e., “it will get better”) is less effective than the assurance that you are okay, even in the midst of the worst. […]

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