Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Fatshionista Paper Doll Download

On this, the second day of freedom from my undergrad coursework, I got a wild hair to draw. Today inspiration struck in the form of a fat fashion paper doll. Just two outfits and one doll for now. Download the … >> Read More



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How to Handle a Troll in Five Simple Steps

You may have noticed that the Anti-Fat-Acceptance and Anti-Health-at-Every-Size trolls have come out to play en masse over the last several weeks. They’re still flooding #notyourgoodfatty with hate-filled nonsense; they’re taking their nonsense to Reddit to the point that the Fat Logic subreddit has been nearly taken over by it; and worse of all, there […]



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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

.Eff Your Beauty Standards merchandise is here!





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Listening to your Body during Movement

I exercise every day. Biking, walking, yoga, swimming, and/or stretching. If I don't exercise I get tired, depressed, and feel worn out. I feel that I owe my body movement and the endorphins that come from it. I understand that...



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Introducing Deathfat Princess

This is the first post introductory post from from Deathfat Princess, our latest blogging candidate. After she submits three guest posts, we will vote on her inclusion in our blog. I first blogged about Fat Acceptance (FA) probably 13 years ago. But I was certainly blogging about fat before I realized that I was blogging […]



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Let Me Introduce Myself

This is the first post introductory post from from Dow Jones, our latest blogging candidate. After she submits three guest posts, we will vote on her inclusion in our blog. This is going to be my first post. I’m on WordPress! Yay! I will be talking about things that I am interested in and hopefully […]



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Tarot Card of the Week: April 28th 2014

This is a new weekly series I started because many people I meet express an interest in the tarot who do not study it themselves. I often pull cards for myself and do readings for others. I think they are … Continue reading



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Monday, 28 April 2014

Anybody watch the Bill Cunningham show?

This came in as a comment: CW network national daytime talk show is looking for BIG people with BIG personalities who are fighting with a family member and need the insults to stop! Must be in conflict with a family member/partner and be available April 30th-May 1st!!! If selected you will receive an ALL EXPENSE […]



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Sunday, 27 April 2014

On 100 shows

In the landscape of radio, there are certain milestones that a programme may reach that signify its progress on the path to world domination. One of those milestones is achieving syndication. Another is 100 shows. In early 2014, my fat politics radio show Friend of Marilyn, is closing in on both. FOM began in August […]



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Help for our Homie B re: physical affection and stuff.





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Friday, 25 April 2014

Gluten-Free Brownies

In my search for a birthday treat I wouldn’t regret due to gastro issues, I came across many fantastic combinations. Among the simplest was strawberries and burrata, a buffalo cheese that resembles mozzarella on the outside, but is filled with cream on the inside. It’s even better when slightly sweetened. Ricotta would be a decent […]



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You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Thought Catalog reprinted my response (sadly without the links) to the ridiculous “6 Questions I Have About Fat Activism” piece by Carolyn Hall. You can read my post about it here, but the short version is that the article didn’t so much ask questions as it ranted against fat acceptance using common fallacies (stereotyping, equating […]



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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Sidelined

It’s been a long few years for me and Fat Acceptance. I first got involved way back in 2008 by simply reading and learning about the issues thanks to a friend linking through her LiveJournal (remember those?!). Fat Acceptance came to me at a time when I was hating my body pretty hard; not because […]



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HAES® Matters: Understanding the New HAES Principles

From time to time the Health At Every Size® Blog shares HAES Matters “roundtable” posts with our readers. The questions below were posed by the ASDAH Blog Committee to some of ASDAH’s HAES experts. We hope you will comment below with your own questions, answers, and reflections on these HAES matters. Q: I always thought […]



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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Photographs of Historical Fat People

A while back I read a post at Manolo For The Big Girl with examples of fat and not-thin people from the past, and it inspired me to make a post with an example I came across, Anna Tillinghast. I’ve been looking up stuff about the Victorian and Edwardian period (because I’m getting married, and […]



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Celebrity Skin

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight-loss and diet programs. Now she’s fading, somewhere in Hollywood I’m glad I came here with your pound of flesh. —from “Celebrity Skin” by Hole We’ve all heard and read about Kirstie Alley’s constant struggles to shed the pounds. Now she’s teamed up with Jenny Craig and caught flak for her […]



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Beauty Bees: Adovia Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. All opinions are my own. Specs: Size: 5.1 fl oz / 150 ml Retails: $28.00 Made in Israel Claims: Facial Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving Clear, Younger Complexion Dead … Continue reading



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Six Questionable Questions about Fat Acceptance Answered

A piece appeared in Thought Catalog today [a million trigger warnings] called “6 Things I Don’t Understand About the Fat Acceptance Movement” by Carolyn Hall which was brought to my attention by the Rolls Not Trolls Facebook Community. I’m going to answer the six questions, but I want to start out by pointing out the […]



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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lawsuit Claims “Slimming” Shapewear Made False Promises

Ya think? Now, I’m not sure two women a class action lawsuit makes, but I’m sure more women will be signing on for this lawsuit. I have a problem with shapewear in general; I remember the days of girdles worn to hold up stockings (I was not a fan of garter belts) and how squished […]



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MY FAT ASS SAYS BULLSHIT

Recently, there was a big brouha over a report that obesity rates for very young children had taken a dip. Whoo-hoo. Less fat kids. Let’s celebrate. Even though the data also showed that the obesity rates for very young children tends to go up and down like a merry-go-round. Well, those results apparently scared a […]



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What If You’re REALLY Fat…

I’m producing a show of Plus Size Performers from Los Angeles (details here) and moving this week, plus we’re taking care of a rescue puppy who is severely sick so today is going to be a repost based on a number of conversations that I’ve heard recently about how things should be different if someone […]



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Monday, 21 April 2014

Devil Folk —

Warning: This post is about terrible people. Terrible, awful, racist, misogynistic hate-mongers who are also pathetic cowards. I quote from terrible people and cite their terrible bullshit for reasons you’ll soon understand. Life would be perfect if it weren’t for all of the terrible people. Yeah, there’s always been terrible people, but the internet has […]



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The Puppy Post

If you’re wondering why the cute dogs and cat picture was deleted, it’s because I meant to post it to my other blog. I keep this one for fat acceptance, feminism, and religious posts, while Puppy Goes Zoom is primarily for cute pictures and thoughts about dogs, including training, rescue, and breed advocacy.



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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Skepchick learning curve

When Skepchick on occasion tackles size acceptance and health at every size (HAES), they usually do a good job. However, the latest of this sort of post doesn’t quite make it, in my opinion. The writer, guest blogger Shaunta Grimes, after praising Health at Every Size (HAES), talks about her self-created “anti-diet”. Alarm bells are […]



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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Placenta Accreta: Brandy's Story





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A regular fat guy on Southwest

I’m a fat guy but not supersized*. The same is true of movie director and podcaster Kevin Smith. On Valentine’s Day a few years ago, Smith was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight because it was full and he hadn’t reserved a second seat. Kevin cried foul, but despite his efforts, Southwest won that media […]



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Friday, 18 April 2014

A Pile of Cute

It’s been forever since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? Tyson is still with us, and we also have a foster kitty, Sassy. In this picture, Diamond, Haley, and Tyson are chilling on the couch. The dogs got two days of daycare in a row, which makes for sleepy puppies.



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My fat posi space

I’ve had one hell of a week. Or two weeks. Or even a couple of months. We’ve been in the process of buying our first house and it hasn’t exactly been a cake walk. Once we got in, everything seemed to go wrong: no water, no power, no heat. We scrambled to get things done; […]



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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fat-Positive Filmmaker Being Bullied

Ragen Chastain posted this morning about Lindsey Averill. Lindsey is making a really cool fat acceptance documentary called Fattitude. She still needs about 20,000 to make her goal, and has a little over a month to do it. And of course, some jackass (or group of jackasses) decided that the best and most mature thing […]



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the HAES® files: Dana in the Lion’s Den

by Dana Schuster, MS Here I am again, headed into another lions’ den. A lone HAES® believer who will knowingly and with advanced warning, find herself amidst a crowd of anti-obesity warriors for a full day or longer. The dilemma that usually leads me to take this on (over and over) is fairly simple. I […]



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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hamburger Queen 2014





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Roadside Assistance —

The following review is based on a review copy of the book I received from the author. Tom Cochrane was right: life is a highway. And so is the journey to self-acceptance. We tend to think of self-acceptance as a destination, an end to which we aspire. We see confidence as something you achieve and […]



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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Come on Anons. Get it together.





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Out of Gas





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Your Brain on a Diet

Trigger warning: Discussion of diets and weight loss. Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist. The video below is her TED Talk about our brains on weight loss and, in particular, about mindful eating. She has a very, very pessimistic view of weight loss. Far more pessimistic than Linda Bacon in Health at Every Size. Bacon wrote: […]



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How to Actually Stop Stigmatizing Obesity

One of the most interesting conversations I hear occurs when people who are actively and vocally trying to “eliminate obesity,” “fight the war on obesity,” or work on “obesity prevention” etc. discuss how they might be able to do that work without stigmatizing fat people. I suppose in some ways it’s laudable that they are […]



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Monday, 14 April 2014

Yes, eat your grandma's gefilte fish

Short post tonight. More holidays are upon us, where there is ham, peeps, matzo ball soup, chocolate bunnies, and gefilte fish. Life is too short, families are fleeting and if you like your grandmother's gefilte fish, you should eat it...



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No exam necessary – I can tell by looking at you.

Melissa writes: That’s what I was told today when I went to see a surgeon for a follow-up to an emergency room visit I made last week because of a gallbladder attack. The ER people were great. Within an hour of getting there, I had an x-ray and ultrasound done, blood and urine samples taken […]



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Big, Fat Tortoise

I’ve seen TV. I’ve seen the internet. I know how this shit works. You’re supposed to turn up, sad, talking about a thing you want to change. Then, you go away and change it, talk about how easy it was to change and how much better you feel, much applause, everyone goes home. A few […]



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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Preventing the First Cesarean: Don't Go to the Hospital Too Early





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Fat Shame Porn – Fed Up the Movie

It feels like every few years another movie comes out attempting to expose the root cause of the “obesity epidemic” making my life as an activist and a fat person even harder. Last night on twitter I was asked if I had heard about the documentary Fed Up that’s coming out next month by someone […]



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Friday, 11 April 2014

Casey’s super-easy no-lettuce salad

A friend of mine made this salad at a get-together and I was in love with it. I asked for the recipe … and it’s a lot of fun to play with! You can add or subtract things (the version I ate had small chunks of bacon) and it’s a really great way to play […]



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Laila Pedro Gets Fat and Feminism All Wrong

In this blog I often talk about the mistakes of people who confuse requests that they respect other people’s rights and choices with their being oppressed, confusing their values and choices for “the correct” values and choices, and believing that they should get to dictate what constitutes healthy choices for other people (though typically without […]



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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Isaac Mizrahi Decorates Your Space with Kleenex Style Studio!

Thanks to Kleenex for sponsoring today’s discussion – all opinions are my own. It’s no surprise that we love Kleenex around here. With spring in full swing (and that means our allergies too), having Kleenex decorative tissues around makes life … Continue reading



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No. Just Stop.





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Peer Review —

Trigger warning: Discussion of research regarding weight and health. tl;dr warning: This is one bad mama jama of a post going into great depth on a single study. I have attempted to break it down for accessibility so you can follow along how to deconstruct meta-analysis. The only way I was able to do this […]



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the HAES® files: Reflections on Growing Up

by Dr. Jenny Copeland The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. ~ Hervey Allen ~ I turned 30 last week. Although tradition may dictate we […]



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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Truth Will Out.





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Monday, 7 April 2014

Ditching BMI for All.

A recent study has said people considered “underweight” have a death rate 1.8 times higher than “normal” weight people. Us fatties were only 1.2-1.3 times higher (yippie?) After reviewing more than 50 previous researches, researchers of a new study have...



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Music Monday

You have probably heard “Stairway to Heaven”…. Stairway To Heaven performed by Heart with Jason Bonham But have you heard “Railway to Hogwarts“?



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D-licious, D-lightful, D-lovely

Back in the 60s we had “Be-Ins “or “Love-Ins,” when people would gather in the same place and meditate on love and peace. Sometimes LSD was involved, sometimes sex and nudity, most of the time music was definitely a factor. But no matter what form they took, the “prime directive” was to raise awareness about […]



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The Magic of the Style Regret

I’m not a super materialistic person but being a creative person, I do use my sense of style to express my artistic identity. I have always had pieces that amalgamate themselves into my identity and have a sentimental value. When … Continue reading



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What I’m saying, and what I’m not saying.

Since people seem to be awfully confused. What I am saying: “Weight loss interventions have very low permanent success rates for most people.” What I’m not saying: “No one in history has ever lost weight permanently in a healthy manner.” Health At Every Size is, fundamentally, a weight-neutral approach, which means it focuses directly on […]



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Say Nay Nay! Goodbye to John Pinette





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Sunday, 6 April 2014

We Are Not the Problem

I had planned to write some more about #notyourgoodfatty tonight but I had something happen to me on Saturday night that has really been bothering me and I want to talk about it and why it happens. Not to mention the feeling it leaves with the people it happens to. I’d had a lovely day […]



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Natural Beauty: My Grandma’s Avena to AVEENO Active Naturals

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with AVEENO and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own. I always looked up to my beautiful grandmothers when it came to beauty, but it was my dad’s mother, a first generation … Continue reading



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Marathons, Family, and Bodies

So, a couple weeks ago, I spent a weekend with my brother, including watching him run a marathon. (That’s kind of his thing.) This was a very good thing, since I don’t see my brother nearly enough. And yet, at the same time, being around him and his runner friends dredged up all sorts of […]



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Saturday Ramblings

1am is still Saturday if you haven’t gone to bed yet, right? Note to self: The expensive twice-daily asthma med works best if the evening dose is 12 hours after the morning dose, not 18 or 20. You carry it with you. See an alarm on your phone & use it, font just turn it […]



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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Long-Term Implications of a High Cesarean Rate in Obese Women





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Queer Melancholia

Yesterday I had a conversation on Facebook that deeply infuriated me. Admittedly, as an activist, I have a tendency towards being infuriated. This conversation, though, made me as angry as I have been in a very long time. As some … >> Read More



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On #notyourgoodfatty

A book I’ve co-edited with Jackie Wykes and Sam Murray, Queering fat embodiment, is set to be published by Ashgate in May, 2014. My chapter in the book considers how fatness is queered in cyberspace. As our book explores, queering is a method of disrupting the norm; of challenging essentialist positions and defying constructions of […]



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Friday, 4 April 2014

My Favorite Meal —

Okay, I had planned to publish a big response this week to a paper I’ve been researching, but work and life have colluded to disrupt my plans. So instead, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite meals to make, which has become a family favorite: Panko meatloaf with oven-roasted spicy sweet potatoes. […]



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#NotYourGoodFatty and the Performing Fatty

Last night I got an email from a friend asking for my advice on how to respond to an acquaintance who viewed fat positive blogs on tumblr. After looking at a few blogs on tumblr they came away with the idea that fat stigma is an issue that only impacts white cisgender middle class women […]



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Thursday, 3 April 2014

The People of Walmart Thing

I saw yet another person on FaceBook post a picture of a fat woman, likely taken without her consent, and used soley to make fun of her with the note: “I know it’s wrong but I had to post it.” And, when called out, the further justification of “I know it makes me a bad, […]



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"Everyone was built to do something"





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Chins Up: Fat and Performance podcast now available for free





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the HAES® files: And yet it moves…

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA This month, I would like to talk about burnout – specifically activist burnout. It can be exhausting to have to continuously re-assert the same points over and over, points which seem “self-evident” to the activist. Points such as: That restrictive dieting and obesity messaging and weight stigma and body shaming […]



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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questionable studies on obesity and weight loss surgery abound





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Fighting Frumpy





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Trip Trapping Over the Troll Bridge

Trigger warning: Discussion of healthy lifestyle and exercise. Every so often somebody on Facebook, Tumblr, or the like will make the point that individuals who are both fit and fat shouldn’t really talk about their own physical abilities because it might undermine those of us who are less healthy. They argue that it sets up […]



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