Saturday, 31 January 2015

I’m Miss World (Alternative Curves: Riot Grrl)

I know Courtney Love never considered herself, or her band, a part of the Riot Grrl movement. But she’s the first person I think of when I think of Riot Grrl. And she, along with Gwen Stefani, was one of my earliest style icons. So I decided to emulate her early-’90s look for this month’s […]



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Friday, 30 January 2015

OOTD: Red and black retro-glam

This is what I wore to my friends Nathan and Jess’ vow renewal two weeks ago. They got married last year in a small ceremony with only family and their best friends, spent a year traveling the world (how awesome is that?), and then had a vow renewal with a reception so we could all […]



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Fat People’s Not So Hidden Talents

A reader alerted me to an article (trigger warning- for diet and weight loss talk) about New Jersey governor and Presidential hopeful Chris Christie that includes the phrase “Obscured by the ambition, loose-cannon personality and, frankly, the girth, is the fact that he is an exceptionally gifted and nuanced politician.” Whether or not you agree […]



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Thursday, 29 January 2015

The Many Benefits of Doula Care





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the HAES® files: Ending Diet Culture One Babe At A Time!

by Virgie Tovar, MA I travel around the country lecturing at universities about the harmful effects of diet culture and fat shaming. We live in a culture in which most children would rather lose an arm than be fat. We live in a culture in which people live out their entire lives waiting to lose […]



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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 1/28/15





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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Historical Fat (and not-thin) People, Part 3

I recently came across some more examples of historical fat people! (Part 1 here; Part 2 here.) In the first one, we finally get a fat POC! The exhibit Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is made up of images … Continue reading



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The Snow Outside

It wasn’t nearly as bad as expected, but I’m glad I prepared for it. Its still snowing where I am, and windy, so I’m in for the day working on some things for you! Stay safe today, y’all. Roads are still hazardous. :) Bonus: here’s a pic of outdoors: Stay warm today!



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Hopping On The “Anti-Obesity” Bandwagon

One of the offshoots of the “War on Obesity” and the obesity epi-panic that has followed, is the rush of people, organizations, and movements that have tacked “anti-obesity” onto their platform. PETA, for example, is proud to fight for what they believe is the ethical treatment of animals using the unethical treatment of fat people. […]



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Monday, 26 January 2015

Ashley Graham Collection for Addition Elle- Exclusive!





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Since Snowpacalypse is Coming Today…

…how about getting a new book to read? So, I was contacted by the lovely Leila Lacey about reviewing one of her books. And as I’m reading her email and I see it’s romance I’m all.. Ew.*eye roll* Yes, yes, not a fan of romance novels. But hear me out, because there’s a good reason […]



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OOTD: Green, fuzzy, and feathered

Taking pictures of this outfit was a bit of a challenge, as the white shrug blends into the white wall! I took a few pictures in various spots around the living room, but the only place where I can get a full-body picture with decent lighting is against the white wall. Maybe I should put […]



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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday links, 1/25/15

Fa(t)shion -Are fashion bloggers the new socialites? -Check out my friend Maggie’s fatshion blog–she’s been posting some great outfits, and fatshion inspirations as well! -Candystrike just released a bunch of new items, including an amazing silver and black striped skirt. -Big & Tall Style for Butches and Others is a new Facebook group for fat […]



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Say Something Sunday – Fourth Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated to personal Size Diversity activism. I’ve got some suggestions below and/or of course you can do your own thing and feel free to leave a comment about it. If you have ideas of things to do for Say Something Sunday I’d also love for you to share those. […]



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Friday, 23 January 2015

OOTD: Red and purple floral

I love the outfit serendipity that happens when I see two items hanging near each other in my closet and realize they’d be perfect together. Steve gets the credit for this fun, dance-like picture. I was trying to figure out a way to show off the flow-y sleeves, and he suggested that I raise my […]



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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Mini OOTD: night-time sparkle

I didn’t get a full picture of this outfit I wore back in mid-December–I don’t even remember what I was wearing on bottom–but I really liked how this selfie came out. When I posted it on Facebook, one of my friends commented, “You look fantastic, the stars of the Longest Night personified!” I love when […]



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What to Do With Doctors Gone Wild

A lot of people have contacted me, understandably very upset about the horrible “guidelines” for treatment of fat patients that I blogged about yesterday (the quick version is that the guidelines, written by a doctor with some major monetary ties to the diet drug industry, recommend that fat people not get treatment for actual illnesses […]



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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 1/21/15: shades of black, blush, and cream





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A “Big Fat Fabulous” new show on TLC

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss. Body-positive shows starring fat people are far and few between, but amongst all the “New Year! New you!” crap there is one that might just be a welcome alternative to The Biggest Loser. Unfortunately, it’s airing on TLC, the channel of multiple births, over-the-top weddings and drama queens. My […]



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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

OOTD: Blushing at the Slutcracker

Last month I went to see The Slutracker, one of Somerville’s most awesome holiday traditions. It’s a burlesque parody of the Nutcracker, using all of the original classical music, and a variety of dancing styles from ballet to hula hooping to flamenco to pole dancing. Of course I had to dress as over-the-top as possible […]



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Suffering, Caretaking and Sacrifice

Disclaimer: I am neither a psychologist, nor a mental health professional. The following is solely my personal opinion. Are you a caretaker? No? Doesn’t sound familiar? What if I asked if you were a people-pleaser? Sound a bit closer to home? No? Maybe this one might be closer to the mark: nice. Are you nice? […]



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Indie designer spotlight: LovelyMsLevecks

I found LovelyMsLevecks recently and fell in love. As the shop’s site says: LovelyMsLevecks is a one woman operation specializing in one of a kind plus size clothing. I offer a little something for everyone. Whether you like punk, gothic, rockabilly or boho styles, LovelyMsLevecks has something to help you rock those curves! The clothes […]



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Monday, 19 January 2015

‘Obesity Paradox’ Apparent in Heart Failure

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight, health and weight loss. Here’s another article for the “No shit, Sherlock” file: “‘Obesity Paradox’ Apparent in Heart Failure” (complete with the requisite headless fatty photo that just has to accompany any article about being fat). That “obesity paradox” they’re talking about is the fact that fat people don’t die […]



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OOTD: the floral blazer a third way, for fat brunch

I wore this for a fat brunch, which was organized by a new member of the Boston Fatties group who had just moved to the area. A whole bunch of people came, and we had a great time! Of course I had to wear my fat necklace. :) Top: Re/Dress, blazer: Pink Clove via ASOS, […]



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Friday, 16 January 2015

OOTD: floral and lace

Coat: Nicolette Mason for ModCloth, top: thrifted, blazer: Pink Clove via ASOS, skirt: Chubby Cartwheels via Re/Dress, teggings: Re/Dress, necklace: Betsey Johnson via eBay, boots: Doc Martens, flower crown: Crown & Glory, earrings: Forever 21, bracelets: miscellaneous, sunglasses: Sweet & Lovely Betsey Johnson’s jewelry is the best. If a magic genie ever appeared and granted […]



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Maybe It’s Time To Make a New Friend

I’ve been thinking a lot today about the ways in which we are encouraged to view our bodies as “the enemy.” There are lots of ways to think about our relationships with our bodies, and none of them are wrong. I have no interest in telling people how they have to relate to their bodies, […]



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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Maestro system - a v-bloc by any other name is still a v-bloc? :)





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OOTD: Double (floral) trouble

Dress: White Mark via Zulily, blazer: Pink Clove via ASOS, teggings: Re/Dress, shoes: L.L. Bean, earrings: Forever 21, fascinator: from Steve’s mom, pink pearl necklace: from my mom, white pearl necklace: So Good, bangles: eBay I love this jacket so much–it’s great for work, and also looks good with more casual outfits. Unfortunately, the quality […]



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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Thoughts on fatshion and revolution

In Tasha Fierce’s latest post, she brings up some important points about the goals of fat acceptance: Now, I love clothes. I mean, I LOVE clothes. But I’m also personally invested in intersectionality and the idea that all liberation movements are entwined. So when I see us desiring to buy into the mindless capitalism and […]



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OOTD: Glittergoth, take 2

I think this really is my new favorite aesthetic. Top: Re/Dress, belt: ASOS Curve, leggings and skull necklace: Domino Dollhouse, skull ring: Torrid, all other jewelry old, cardigan: Kohl’s (straight sized, and really old), flower crown: Crown & Glory, shoes: L.L. Bean, backpack: MadPax via Amazon This backpack is my favorite thing ever. I’ve been […]



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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 1/14/15: dark mori and witchy goth

I can never get enough of these aesthetics, especially in the winter.



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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

OOTD: Metallic and sparkly for New Year’s Eve

I’m a bit late posting my NYE pictures! I didn’t get any traditional outfit pictures, but I did get plenty of photos of my friends and I goofing off at the party Steve and I held–which was a ton of fun. It was my and Steve’s one-year friend-a-versary with Maggie and Jon, who we met […]



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OOTD: Comfy and vaguely grown-up (!) goth

My style has been changing so much lately, and I wonder how much of that comes from reading a million fatshion blogs, and how much is just natural style evolution. I don’t think I would have worn something like this even a year or two ago, but lately I’ve been so into low-key gray and […]



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I’m not here for your thinspiration

Trigger warning: Discussion of exercising. Oh the campus gym … what an interesting place for people watching. I debated whether or not to blog about this, but part of me feels like it’s important to call attention to things when I can. My ambivalence really revolves around the impact this could have on someone who […]



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Monday, 12 January 2015

On EBONY.com: I Just Had an Abortion

Last month, I had an abortion. I’ve been a strident advocate for a woman’s right to choose since I was a pre-teen, and it’s still difficult for me to say those words. So many assumptions about my life can be made on the basis of that admission, and the shame is real. For White women […]


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Enjoy your HAES while it lasts (or is metabolically healthy obesity a myth?)

Yet another study was published this week that challenged the concept of ‘metabolically healthy obesity’. MHO is a phenomenon that has been recognised for over a decade now, with more and more studies coming out that suggest not all fat people are unhealthy. How many exactly varies with study, but a 2011 review found that…





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No-Bake Cherry Almond Pecan Granola Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp Hi friends! Aria & I are going on a big road trip from Los Angeles to Portland, OR in two days … Continue reading



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Babies and Bathwater —

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss, weight loss surgery and diet talk. Over the past five years, I’ve done a number of book reviews, both fiction and nonfiction. I’m not a huge fan of doing book reviews because once I agree to review a book and receive the review copy, I begin to feel a […]



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OOTD: black and white pattern-mixing with a holographic pop

I was sorting through my closet this weekend, trying to pick which items to bring to a clothing swap I’m holding in a few weeks, and almost threw this dress into the swap pile. I haven’t worn it in forever because the straps don’t quite cover my bra, so it’s not appropriate for fancy occasions. […]



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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Test Those Smoke Detectors Frequently





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The Problem With A Lively Debate

The Facebook page “Unpacking the “F” word” posted a quote from my blog: “Fat people have the right to exist in fat bodies regardless of how we got fat, what being fat means, or if we could be thin through some means – however easy or difficult. There are no other valid opinions on this […]



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Friday, 9 January 2015

Fatshion Friday: Keep Your Bones, Target

Yesterday, I read about the newest Target designer collaboration: Lilly Pulitzer. I was cautiously excited, because I LOVE me some Lilly Pulitzer. Bright, colorful, happy perpetual springtime lives in those designs. Cautious, because Target has a track record of not bothering to stock their designer collabs in plus sizes. And then: glimmer of hope! They’re […]



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Thursday, 8 January 2015

On fat in 2014: The year that was

As I consider my plans for 2015 and 2016, I also look back on the year that was 2014. In many ways, it was a great year for me. I was promoted, published my first academic edited text (Ashgate), and conducted a five month social media book tour. In many ways, it was an awful […]



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The Revolution Will Not Be Plus-Sized

After a lot of soul-searching and introspection, I’ve come to the conclusion that being welcomed into the fashion industrial complex is not entirely the kind of progress I want to see in the fat acceptance movement. Now, I love clothes. I mean, I LOVE clothes. But I’m also personally invested in intersectionality and the idea […]


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the HAES® files: #Selfies

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Selfies are a well-established part of our culture at this point. By 2013, the word “selfie” had made its way into the Oxford Dictionary, which defines a selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.” […]



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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Striking A Balance, Or Not

One of the things that I hear and see a lot when it comes to articles in mainstream media is that Size Acceptance is ok, but we need to “strike a balance between body acceptance and health”. There are many issues here but the first and most important is that body acceptance and health are […]



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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Banishing the Diet-Mind

This is the year I can’t be bothered to do a “lose weight” resolution. Normally, I don’t do resolutions in general. Can’t be bothered to try and keep them, and the moment I break them. But every year, whether spoken or not, I always have “lose weight this year” bouncing about in the back of […]



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This Many Girls Can’t Be Wrong

I had the opportunity to be a Featured Speaker at the GenAustin “We Are Girls” conference. I gave my keynote talk “The World is Mess Up, But You Are Fine.” It was an amazing, powerful, and humbling experience that I want to tell you about. The conference is “a statewide annual event that helps girls […]



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Monday, 5 January 2015

Fatshion: Big Boy Collection Launch

Hey friends! Just sharing a quick fatshion post with you. Remember when I went to the Big Boy Connection Launch Party? Well this is what I wore to it! I don’t wear pants that often but I somehow managed to … Continue reading



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Monday Motivation

My weekend was filled with…making moves. Good ones! Post of substance up tomorrow. Until then, have a piece of my weekend soundtrack: Have a dance party on me. See you tomorrow! :)



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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Recent Studies on Inositol for PCOS





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Year in Review: 2014

Hopefully you’re not too sick of year-end lists; I decided to give myself until the end of the week so I could get in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. (No jury in the world would convict me.) Here’s a list of all the movies I saw this year that had their USA release […]



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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Day 10: Musical Merry Christmas

Elton John!



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Nick Doesn’t Mind That I’m Fat

I got a comment a few days ago from Nick that is a common response that people who are fat and do fat activism get, and I thought it would be fun to break it down a bit. “I don’t mind that you’re fat. I don’t mind that you share your experiences with others. The […]



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Friday, 2 January 2015

Fatshion Friday: New Year, New Perspective

Hello my lovelies! I hope y’all had a safe and happy new year. :) Wednesday, I told y’all about my outfit I’d originally planned for New Year’s Eve. Sadly, I still haven’t got it (no one was able to sign for it, so it’ll be delivered today, hopefully) but I’d gotten a surprise shipment from […]



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Thursday, 1 January 2015

I confess – I laughed

I live in Seattle, which means The Stranger is a local institution. From The Stranger‘s “regrets” of the previous year — a mishmash of errors they made and regret, errors and non-errors they don’t regret, and various other sarcastic local commentary — comes this sarcastic and possibly blasphemous gem: Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, […]



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Fatshion: Happy New Year!

Hello friends! First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to a wonderful 2015 for all of us! Secondly, I want to thank all of you – all of our readers, our followers, the brands that work with us, our friends … Continue reading



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the HAES® files: 2014 In Review

Happy 2015! And now a word from our sponsor (ASDAH). Just say NO! to New Year resolutions that involve damaging your self-esteem, messing with your metabolism and reinforcing the need to change yourself to satisfy unrealistic social standards of aesthetics. Learn to be gentle with yourself, love yourself and appreciate the body you have, as […]



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