A great article over at Tiger Beatdown detailing the biases and fatphobia of “Living Large”, an NPR series on being obese in America.
As another person who grew up with All Things Considered and other NPR shows (our behavioral psych professor in college kept it on in the rat lab and it made them happy, so I actually think of warm rooms and fuzzy animals with it too), this SERIOUSLY disappoints me. I’m conflicted! They do good reporting on other subjects and I often use them to avoid conglomerate BS.
Why must “news” on the subject of fat and obesity be so shoddy and biased?
In reference to the hang of my skirt, I used a tutorial for an infinity dress as the basis for the skirt. (Google "sew like my mom little red infinity dress" or check my blog for the link). It's just a modified circle skirt--I had to sew mine up the sides--but depending on your circumference (and fabric choice), you might not need to sew at all!! If you give it a go, post the results!
Thanks, that’s super helpful! I love easy-sew or no-sew projects (my current budget [and space] doesn’t especially allow for a sewing machine but it’s always good to have more options) - I’m going to pass this on to the blog in case it helps someone else!
I’m terrible about follow-through but I totally will post it if I do make something! :)
“Second, fat trans* people are left out of most popular queer/trans* publications, porno and blogs. There are so many awesome zines, blogs, and businesses that are creating forums to bring images of queer and trans* people to a wider audience. But how radical are they, really, if they’re only highlighting people who fit standard hetero-normative beauty ideals? Thank god most of these businesses and sites are aware enough to include and highlight people of color, but should it stop there? Yes, it is radical to show queer and trans* bodies of any type. But if the goal is to challenge systems of oppression that favor all things straight, cis gender and white, shouldn’t we keep pushing the envelope? Where are fat people in this equation?”—
I agree so hard with this, and on that note, I would like SUBMISSIONS! YES YOU! Fat people! Fat queer people! Fat trans people! Fat POCs! I try to keep it diverse around here but I also don’t want to assume personal fat pride when I’m reblogging and throw someone into the deep end without them feeling ready. Or, send me some awesome links!
I love fats in shorts! I hate this “rule”! I used to be so so so selfconscious about my thighs (and I still am, a little, mostly because when they rub together my shorts are suddenly like, hotpants instead of a normal length), but it’s so stupid. The only reason not to do it is the annoyance of chub rub, and shorts with tights are the easy solution.
“Your body is a miracle. It’s the only body you’ll ever have. You only get one chance to live in it and revel in it and all the amazing things it can do and feel. Don’t waste it. No one, on their deathbed, wishes they’d only had fewer orgasms and hated their thighs more. You’re fabulous. Dive in.”—