Author Archives: Lesley

“Now that she is fat, she serves no purpose.”

By | April 4, 2012

Apparently Fat Betty Draper Francis is causing an uproar on the internets. I’ll have more thoughts on this once my eye-rolling muscles recover. Did you see me on CNN this week? And then The Daily Mail? Kinda surreal seeing myself in the Fail sidebar. And for all of that, I only had two troll comments to […]

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I Know You Have a Little Life in You Yet: Ending Mass Effect 3

By | March 26, 2012

I get a lot of comments about my writing making people cry. It used to happen here periodically, and it now happens on xoJane with an impressive regularity. I’m never sure how to respond. Though I can honestly say that I never set out with that purpose in mind, I take this as the highest […]

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What’s THIS?

By | March 22, 2012

Hey folks. It’s been awhile. Obviously I’ve been elsewhere… since October. I’m vaguely embarrassed by this, as historically I’ve gotten peeved with bloggers I liked getting too busy to blog — and here I’ve received what can only be described as a well-deserved comeuppance. If you’ve been following me on xoJane you’ll know I haven’t […]

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‘Round the Mulberry Bush: Kids, food, and the hierarchy of needs.

By | October 12, 2011

Sesame Street has added a new muppet: Lily was introduced in an hour-long special entitled “Growing Hope Against Hunger”. Her purpose is to give kids in food-insecure households someone to relate to, as well as to draw attention to the issue. …In the special, Lily is prompted to make a revelation when one of the […]

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Because what I needed was MORE DRESSES: A review of Nordstrom Rack

By | September 15, 2011

When the opportunity arose to review Nordstrom Rack, I was a little dubious. To be honest, I didn’t actually know that they carried plus sizes. Turns out they do, and starting September 15, they’ll be carrying more of them in the store where they already exist, and adding plus sizes to 15 additional stores. Yay! […]

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The last few weeks.

By | September 14, 2011

Things happened. I got a new job! After nearly ten years at my previous employer — which I now feel totally comfortable saying was Simmons College — the crazy kids over at seduced me away by offering me a job as an associate editor. After a lot of thinking and soul-searching, I accepted. My last […]

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Short Cuts: The good, the bad, and the to-be-determined

By | August 18, 2011

I know, it’s like all I am doing lately is quick little article-debunkings. Soon, my pets, I will have time for blogging again. Like roughly two weeks from now. Ahem. Let’s start with the bad. Today’s Boston Globe has an article about trying to tell our kids how fat they are. And how it’s, like, […]

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Short Cuts: Kitchen Sink edition

By | August 8, 2011

Damn, y’all, how busy have I been? Really, really busy. A weekend ago I collaborated with the amazing Nancy Haque to deliver a workshop on radical fattery for Western States Center’s Community Strategic Training Initiative. It was a pretty excellent time. The day-long workshop went surprisingly great — I am always astounded when people seem […]

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Reprint: Why the world needs fat acceptance.

By | July 25, 2011

The following was originally printed in the Summer 2010 “Body Issue” of Geez Magazine, a Canadian publication dealing with progressive spirituality. I just learned last week that it actually won something: 1st place opinion piece in the Canadian Church Press awards. Wild, huh? Anyway, that reminded me that the full text of the piece never […]

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Male games for male gamers: A case study

By | July 23, 2011

Several of you have emailed me about this today, so here you go. Some dudes are planning a LAN party in Austin, TX to coincide with the release of Battlefield 3. Pretty much every FPS gamer I know is super-psyched for this title, and honestly, the LAN party in question sounds pretty boss. Until you […]

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