Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Hail Mary —

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you had a wonderful welcome into 2015 and that this year is more peaceful and prosperous for everyone. As for me and mine, I’m spending New Year’s Morning curled up in bed with family and nursing myself and Lottie back from the Cough from Hell (Veronica and Linny have […]



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Happy New Year!

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading and interacting with me, whether it’s here on the blog, or on any of the various social networks I’m on. I love writing and hanging out with y’all in this space, and you help make me great! I hope y’all were able to […]



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Breathing Out the Fat?

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Filkish Merry Christmas

From Vixy & Tony comes this concert recording of “Santa Baby” (with slight editing of lyrics for the modern day….)Filed under: Music



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A Tale Of Three Dresses

It’s New Year’s Eve! Tonight, I’m going out with my friends to celebrate in a gorgeous outfit it took me some time to find. Story time! I really had not planned on buying something new for New Year’s, because until maybe two weeks ago I had no definitive plans. My best friend suggested a club, […]



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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Eric Garner and Mike Brown: adding insult to injury

Rep. Peter King of New York has blamed Eric Garner’s death on his weight. Well, on his weight and asthma, but he’s emphasizing the weight more,probably because his weight is perceived as something that’s his own fault and therefore King … Continue reading



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Christmas Comedies

Happy Holidays Everyone! Since it’s the Christmas Season, I’d like to tell you a story about an old miser. This is the story of The Grinch Who Stole Reason: Once upon a time, in a land full of peaches and guns, lived a flashy old man who liked to play music for fun. When first […]



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Jazzy Musical Merry Christmas

I’m not the only one who discovered Vince Guaraldi through A Charlie Brown Christmas, right?



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Monday, 29 December 2014

Mental Masturbation —

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It’s Okay To Change Your Big Dreams

It’s been nearly five months since I’ve written a blog post. For someone who used to write one every week, this certainly feels very weird. A lot has changed for me in this last year. I got engaged, got married, and started a new “day job” working as a lawyer again. Because I’m working as [...]



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Make a New Year’s Revolution

We are reaching another of the Dieting Axis of Evil days – New Year’s. Where we are inundated with messages insisting that it’s in our best interest to resolve to diet, again. The Underpants Rule is very clear on this – people are allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies and that includes […]



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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Quote of the Day

In dealing with the “encouragers” who want you to eat less, move more, and maybe have a few organs amputated to lose weight: These fat hating types don’t know you and they don’t want to. They don’t care to know if you are or aren’t doing sit ups or exercising or what you really eat. […]



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Marathon Update: Ch…Ch…Changes

So in October I logged onto the LA Marathon site to register for the marathon and I noticed that the website had changed. Most importantly to me, the sentence that started “Participants who cross the finish line after…” had changed. When I decided to enter the LA Marathon that sentence had read “Participants who cross […]



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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Musical Christmas in the Northwest

From a benefit album for Seattle Children’s Hospital (Christmas in the Northwest, Vol. 1) comes this song by Brenda Kutz White.



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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Musical Merry Christmas ;)

Day 2: Bruce Springteen’s Merry Christmas Baby



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Musical Merry Christmas!

It’s (finally) Christmas! From The Doubleclicks: Sexist bullshit ends with us this Christmas!



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Bye, Becky: My Take on Black Girl Makeover Shows

The idea of Black women being called on to impart their essence into a white woman in order for her to become empowered is laughable, when you consider the fact that actual Black women are systematically disempowered in American society. Yet when viewed in the context of the social construction of an essential Black culture, […]


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the HAES® files: Murder at the Intersection of Fat and Black

by David Spero, RN When a fat person dies, many people say s/he died because s/he was fat. That’s the standard narrative, so we don’t need facts to support it in any particular case. Everyone knows it’s true because that’s the way the story is always told. Another narrative that needs no facts to support […]



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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Resources for the “Holidays”

Today I’ve received a couple hundred emails from people who are dreading the holiday tonight/tomorrow because their families treat them poorly because of their size – which is bullshit, obviously. For many people, this time of year is filled with happy memories and festivities. For many people, it’s very much not. I came out in […]



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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

But What Will People Think?

Yesterday in response to my post about boundary setting for family and friends food police, I suggested that one option for creating a boundary with a consequence attached was to say “It is not ok to talk about my weight or eating. If anyone says one more thing about my weight or eating I’m going […]



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Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Holidays





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Glossybox Review: Yuletide Cheer

So I got my December Glossybox, all wrapped up like a precious gift: Fancy! :) And of course, so are the contents: I was so excited I didn’t even want to move my laptop out of the way! Do you see the wealth of goodies here? I keep telling y’all, go get yourselves a Glossybox, […]



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Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Holiday Boundary Song

One of the most frequent questions I get during the holidays is about how to deal with family who are behaving badly. For me the secret is boundaries. I think it’s best to start by deciding what constitutes behavior that you will put up with. If it’s anything other than “anything goes” then I would […]



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Friday, 19 December 2014

Fatshion: Fall Layers

Happy Friday, friends! I’m spending the day with my nephew and his mom at Knott’s Merry Farm today but I wanted to pop in and share a recent outfit I wore and managed to take photos of. I work from … Continue reading



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Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition–Quick Hit

Alright, I’m likely going to postpone the dramatic conclusion of this series next week, when I get the rest of my supplies. But I’ve still got a little something to tide you over until then. So, we decided to Secret Santa at work, and we had a limit of $20 to spend. I didn’t even […]



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Is “Obesity” a Disability

Today in a landmark decision a European Union court decided that “obesity”in and of itself does not constitute a disability, but that if it creates a situation that meets the criteria of disability (where, “under particular conditions, it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis […]



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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition, Part 2

I have been a busy bee these last couple of days. I’ve been making all types of goodies. :D Of course, this happy crafting did not come without a bit of legwork. Ready for a story? :) Alright, so the goal for my staff gifts this year was to make them some shea butter hand […]



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Freedom to Be Spontaneous: Online Dating Edition

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias Hi friends! So full disclosure – I’m no stranger to online dating. I’ve probably met half of the partners I’ve dated … Continue reading



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Big Boy Connection Launch Party

Friends! So if you follow us on Instagram (which you should be!) or remember our Maric√≥n Collective post, then you already know how much we love Rudy Bleu around these parts. One of the many reasons is Big Boy Vintage. … Continue reading



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Is fat about to be classified as disability in the UK?





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Holiday Look Book: Sparkle and Shine

‘Tis the season for being with family and friends, enjoying good food and company. But you want to look lovely doing it, right? Of course! And that’s where I come in. I have a round-up of pretty things to wear to your holiday shindigs this year! Let’s get to it! From Monif C. This is […]



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Monday, 15 December 2014

Holiday Lookbook: The Beginning

Y’all, we are full swing into the holiday party season. I have a whole post of pretty dresses for y’all to rock out and be as glittery and sparkly as you want to be coming soon! But first, an appetizer. The good folks over at Invaluable contacted me to ask if I’d like to do […]



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Realistic Slogans for Diet Companies

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the mail, the diet companies shill programs guaranteed to fail. It’s that time of year – diet companies try to convince us to join them before “the holidays”, or to make them our New Year’s Resolution and we are inundated with diet ads on television, radio, and […]



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Friday, 12 December 2014

Honey for Cesarean Wound Healing?





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Getting Back to 30 Minutes a Day (or Haters Can Kiss My Fat Ass)

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I Came Back For You

Damn, y’all. It’s been almost a year since I’ve written anything. A lot has gone down since that last post, personally. I’ve kind of come full circle, back to where I was when I first started this blog–jobless. I stopped writing because of the craptastical job I got to save me from my previous state […]


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Nudity and Disability

Representations of nudity in Western popular culture are rarely inclusive of “physically disabled” or “non-normative” bodies. If nude disabled bodies are represented at all, it’s usually in a medicalized, Othered context–case studies of the “disfigured” or collections of outrageous pictures of “freakish” bodies. Our cultural relationship with physical disability is contradictory; we’re trained to look […]


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Gift Exchange —

After nearly five years of writing about the issues that matter most to fat people, we are doing something we’ve never done before: ask you for help. We’ve supported a great number of worthy projects over the years because we strongly believe in supporting our fellow fatties as they create public awareness of what it’s […]



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When the fatties win, they just change the rules.

Recently I came across a link to this important story in the Guardian that talks about what happened when a fat man won the Mr. Gay UK contest. The contest was open to all comers. There were 4 judges and several rounds of elimination. And at the end of the day, the contest came down […]



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the HAES® files: News Flash! Did You Hear The Beatles Broke Up??

by Dr. Deah Schwartz The brain is a mysterious, complex and marvelous thing. No News there. The ability to selectively remember some things and conveniently forget another is astounding! No News there. When one rules out any organic etiology/causes for forgetfulness, e.g. dementia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), etc., the puzzle of what people remember and […]



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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Thin is NOT the X Factor

The British Television talent show “The X Factor” has reportedly told two contestants that “unless the pair lose weight it will impact their position in the competition and their future career.” When someone laments about the fatphobia inherent in such a pronouncement we are often told that the show is “just being realistic” and that […]



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Monday, 8 December 2014

.EYBS Babe Army!.





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.Tess x Yours Clothing- My UK adventure.





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Being Fat and Winning in the Face of Challenge

I am not on a journey to convince others that my way is the best or right way. I am simply on a journey to bring my truth to the world to be heard by those who need to hear it.



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Friday, 5 December 2014

Widespread Misconceptions About Obesity





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Soul’s Breath —

Note: The following piece is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinion of the blog as a whole. I will allow our bloggers to decide whether they agree or not. When I first saw #Ferguson on Twitter, I thought “Ferguson Ferguson?” I grew up across Highway 270 in Florissant, a city comparable in […]



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Thursday, 4 December 2014

the HAES® files: Where’s the stigma?

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Are current discourses within the public health fields that emphasize place and geography as key components to identifying and addressing health inequities actually preventing us from seeing the existence of inequities that are not as rooted in place? I believe they are. In October, I wrote about the need to […]



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Long-Term Benefits of Weight-Loss Plans Unclear

Trigger warning: Weight loss research. Here’s another article to add to the “No shit, Sherlock” file: “Long-term Benefits of Weight-loss Plans Unclear.” Long-term benefits unclear? Well, how on earth can you begin to know what benefits, if any, are due to weight loss when researchers consider a weight loss plan “effective” if fat people manage […]



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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

That Time When “Before and After” Wasn’t a Nightmare

Trigger warning: Discussion of diet culture and before and after photos. In general, “before and after” photos are the bane of a body positive existence because they imply that the body in the “before” image is not beautiful, noncompliant, and not worthy of being lived in, while the “after” photo — usually a thinner version […]



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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Why I’m Looking for WLS Narratives (Especially, But Not Only, Norwegian)

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss surgery and eating disorders. So I want to do a little crowdsourcing about weight-loss surgery (WLS). Are you up for that? I’ve been interested in the subject a long time, ever since I knew such a thing existed. I remember in 7th grade —before I was fat myself — […]



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Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition, Part 1

I’ve already gotten myself a present this year, so I’m looking to find some supplies to make my friends, family, and coworkers some nice things for Christmas. Normally, I get my staff little things to show my appreciation. This year, the size of both my store and staff has doubled, so I won’t be able […]



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Monday, 1 December 2014

MY FAT ASS IS BLOWN AWAY

Two researchers (R.E. Brown and J.L. Kuk) looked at the issue of weight and health and concluded that Therefore, an emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a high level of physical activity and physical fitness may be a more appropriate recommendation for some obese populations than just focusing on the goal of weight […]



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Nail Adventures: World AIDS Day

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done a Nail Adventure! I haven’t had as much time as late to dedicate to designs, so I’ve been letting my nails breathe and treating the cuticles. And of course, I had to let my finger heal after I managed to close it in the closet […]



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