Archive For December, 2010

All the young punks: On boots past, present, and metaphorical.

By | December 22, 2010


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I bought my first pair of boots when I was fourteen, at a shop called The Wild Pair in the Palm Beach Mall. I’d been reading Sassy magazine for a couple years at this point, and their fondness for a particular English boot manufacturer had always intrigued me. The style was cutting edge, at the […]

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Eye (and brain) candy.

By | December 14, 2010


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Joy Nash’s name is pretty much synonymous with “funny and gorgeous” in the very particular dictionary inside my head. And it’s not just the camera adding this extra weight: she’s like that in person too. If, like me, you missed seeing new videos from her, I have an important question for you. Do you want […]

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Dear Ryan Murphy: I have words about Glee.

By | December 10, 2010


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Dear Ryan Murphy, Last night, at the behest of numerous readers who have asked for my take on the new “fat girl” on your show Glee, I braved the endless trailers for Tron: Legacy and ventured forth onto Hulu.com to pick up a couple of recent episodes. It turns out my limit for Glee episodes […]

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A series of things.

By | December 9, 2010


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The outrageous: Amanda Hess has a short piece up on the media’s never-ending fixation with Elizabeth Edwards’ weight, even in her obituary. Edwards’ passing provided the Washington Post with a rare opportunity to remind readers of its obsession with her body weight, and what it all means. Four paragraphs into the Post’s Edwards obit, the […]

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Real Quick: Defiant absurdity redux!

By | December 8, 2010


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Back in September, the US Food & Drug Administration pulled diet drug Meridia off the market because of fears that it increased the risk of heart problems and strokes. Remember? Since a heart and a brain are both required for humans to live, the FDA concluded that maybe endangering these organs in the process of […]

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Statistics and smokescreens: On fat as a threat to national security

By | December 7, 2010


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Today’s edition of Obesity Epidemic Hand-Wringing comes from David Frum, a CNN columnist whose posts appear alongside a picture of him beaming a cheery smile. Frum, near as I can figure, is a rare creature these days: a rational conservative. I’d all but forgotten such individuals existed, so I will give him credit for momentarily […]

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Fat Film Reviews: Gypsy 83

By | December 6, 2010


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Gypsy 83 tells the story of Gypsy Vale, a 25-year-old Stevie-Nicks-obssesed goth girl working for her sister’s Fotomat and living with her musician father, well played by X’s John Doe, in the unremarkable nowhere of Sandusky, Ohio. Gypsy’s best friend is 18-year-old nascent queer Clive, a straight-A student who is apparently the only other goth […]

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