Friday, 27 February 2015

Fatshion February, day 26: the blue period, and pink hair!

First off, some exciting news: the tips of my hair are now pink again! I think of brown + pink hair as my natural state, so it’s weird to me that I’ve been without it for as long as I’ve been blogging, and as long as I’ve known Steve too. Now that I’ve finally had […]



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Fatshion February, day 25: satin and tulle

I was going through my closet and realized I hadn’t worn this top in forever, so it was about time to wear it again. The tulle skirt is one of my favorites, although it’s a bit too big–if I’m doing a lot of walking, I have to be careful to keep it from falling down. […]



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Thursday, 26 February 2015

.A First Look at the Ashley Graham Collection





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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Fatshion February, day 22: glamming it up

On Sunday night, Maggie and Jon invited us over to watch the Oscars. I was exhausted from an ill-fated attempt to shovel out a parking space in our driveway, and almost stayed in, but managed to pull together a quick fancy outfit. As usual, Maggie and I matched. :) Unfortunately, the Oscars were terrifically boring. […]



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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 2/25/15: The pants edition





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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Moving Up and Out

After fighting my landlords to allow me to have Itty in I made the decision to move out f my current apartment to a place that will hopefully be safer for us. My landlords gave me permission to keep her right after I brought her home but I’ve been dealing with my downstairs neighbor threatening […]



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Monday, 23 February 2015

Turn Turn Turn —

Trigger warning: Brief mention of weight loss. Stars, please shine the way for me Show the one that I have followed To see how far I’ve come. ~ Dawes, “How Far We’ve Come” When I first started blogging, I had a great big bucket of fucks to give. About everything. Those of you I’ve known […]



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Fatshion February, day 21: Purple and black

My friend Maggie and I always match. I don’t even know how we do it. We never coordinate our outfits in advance, but we always end up wearing similar color schemes. On Saturday, when I had a few people over to hang out and watch Star Trek and Firefly, we were both wearing black and […]



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New Shoe Happiness, or A Story Of My Feet

I am coming to the end of an ongoing saga with my feet. For years they’ve swollen (along with my ankles) at the least amount of provocation: either it’s too cold, it’s too hot, it decided to rain or snow, it was a full moon, whatever. And I couldn’t figure out why. I went to […]



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Fatshion February, day 19: Black and white

Sometimes I wish Fatshion February took place in April or May instead. I’ve been wearing the same three pairs of leggings all month because they’re warm, and I know that once the weather warms up a bit, I’ll be wearing a much more diverse selection of colors and patterns. It’s also been too cold to […]



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Lucky Pierre’s Club Is Proud to Discriminate

After a year of working at The Blue Book Cabaret show at New Orleans club Lucky Pierre’s, Ruby Rage found herself off the schedule. Thinking it was a computer error, she called the show’s producer. Turns out there was no mistake, just blatant discrimination. She was told that the upper management of Lucky Pierre’s didn’t […]



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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Love, Glossybox

Hey loves! I’m back to regularly scheduled program his week, and I have an amazing Glossybox review for you today! Now, if you wondering what happened to last month’s haul, I actually received a duplicate of the exact same box I’d gotten a few months ago. Down to the highlighter. I wasn’t ready. I was […]



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Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Unbearable Whiteness of Patriotism

So, perennial racist fave Rudy Giuliani finally found a loophole he can exploit to safely accuse President Obama of anti-Americanism: his white mama. Apparently, since Obama learned everything he knows from white people–white mama, white grandfather, white schools–any criticism of his political views is actually a criticism of some other white person’s political views, and […]


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Friday, 20 February 2015

From Bitch Magazine: Sister Soldiers

Y’all, my article on Black women activists and police brutality from the Law and Order issue of Bitch Magazine has been posted online. You can read the full essay @ BitchMedia.com, and hear me reading an abridged version of the essay on Bitch’s “A Protest is Not a Riot” podcast here. Here’s a snippet of […]


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How to Prepare for a Last-Minute Road Trip

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias I am all about road trips! I don’t want to say that I’m a road trip champ because I don’t take … Continue reading



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Tomāto v. Tomăto —

Trigger warning: Discussion of fat health and weight loss. For nearly five months, I’ve tried to keep a relatively positive public stance on the discussions I’ve had behind the scenes about Health at Every Size® (HAES). My resolve hasn’t been perfect and I’ve lashed out at perceived hypocrisy, but I’ve tried to maintain a measured […]



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Lived Experience: Part 2 —

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight, eating disorders, health and weight loss. Yesterday, we heard from seven women who shared their experiences with the social determinants of health (SDH) and how it has affected their self-care. For the final three questions, I ask them to describe their relationship to Health at Every Size® (HAES) and for […]



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Left Behind —

Trigger warning: Discussion of diet and exercise as healthy lifestyle approaches. Yesterday, we heard from Dr. Dennis Raphael, an expert on the social determinants of health (SDH). Today’s interview is with Dr. Raphael’s collaborator and colleague, Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Public Health. You might expect these two […]



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Fatshion February, day 16: our final day in New York

On Monday, I didn’t even bother putting together a real outfit because I was sick of the cold, and of having to constantly bundle and unbundle. So I wore a Torrid top, Yours pants (with leggings underneath again), and my C&G heart headband, but no other jewelry or makeup. Steve and I went to the […]



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Fining the Parents of Fat Kids

In yet another stunningly horrific example of what can happen when the government involves itself in the weight of children, Gilberto Rodriguez, a member of the Puerto Rico Senate, is one of the sponsors of a bill that he claims will “improve children’s wellbeing and help parents make healthier choices” by fining parents for their […]



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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Staying Alive —

This week is the five year anniversary of Fierce, Freethinking Fatties. I’m pretty proud of all we’ve accomplished over the years, but what I’m most proud of are the interviews I’ve been able to conduct with some of the most influential and knowledgeable experts on a great number of subjects affecting weight and health. Recently, […]



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Fatshion February, day 15: Pink love, and more New York adventures

On Sunday, I wore another item from my recent Glitterati box: the silver holographic hairclips. I also couldn’t resist wearing the shirt I always wear around V-Day. We took these pictures in Macaron Parlour, which is still my favorite macaron place in New York. It’s also a nice, quiet place to sit down, drink tea, […]



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Fatshion February, day 12: red hearts

I wore Valentine’s themed outfits in the days leading up to V-Day, although unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of my outfit on Friday (day 13), because that’s when Steve and I left for a weekend in New York. I went straight from work to the train station, and by the time we got to […]



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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

“Clean” vs. “Dirty” — eating to optimize health?

Trigger warning: Discussion of diets and weight loss. I’ve been seeing quite a few comments on my Facebook feed about “clean” eating — how it’s so much healthier for one’s body and how easily it leads to weight loss are the two main recommendations that people give as the reason for eating a “clean” diet. […]



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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 2/18/15





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Show Up and Refuse to Leave

I think that a lot of fat activism, or at least my particular style of fat activism, is about simply showing up and refusing to leave, even if people are confused about what we’re doing there. When fat people do things that challenge people’s preconceived notions of what we are supposed to do, or how […]



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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday links, 2/15/15: snowpocalypse edition

Fa(t)shion -Rihanna’s pink cupcake dress = love. It reminds me a bit of Kaylee’s shindig dress in Firefly, too. -Kelsey shows off her visible belly outline. -Moms launch stereotype-bashing clothing line that challenges what it means to be “girly.” -Advice on how to style a tutu for everyday wear. Fat Acceptance -Naomi writes about loving […]



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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Say Something Sunday – Seventh Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, 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 […]



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Diet and Exercise No Cure for Obesity





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Friday, 13 February 2015

Big Push for Weight Loss surgery





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At Your Service

Originally published at Volup2 Hi Everyone, Since National Volunteer Month is coming up soon in April, I thought I’d post some tricks and tips to volunteering! Volunteering can be one of the most meaningful and soul-baring exercises that one can choose to engage in over a lifetime. By helping to shoulder the burden of a […]



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Nail Adventures: Kisses All Over

I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I did a Nail Adventure post! Woo! \o/ By the time y’all get a look at this, I will be at work. And of course, for Valentine’s Day, I have to do something cute for the day (since I actually have the official day off!) I need simple […]



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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Stepping Out In Style

Ok, so you got all of your fancy underthings, right? Let’s talk about finding some pretty things to wear over them, shall we? Now, if your Valentine’s Day has you doing, ahem, indoor activities, this post may not be for you. But for those of you looking to do brunch or dinner, keep reading for […]



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the HAES® files: Finding Support In Your Community

by Amy Herskowitz, MSc For the last 18 months of my father’s life, he was severely physically disabled from a terminal, neurodegenerative disease. He went from being a tall, strapping man known for his love of scuba diving – having been certified as a master scuba diver in wreck, ice, and night diving – to […]



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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Incredible Bravery of Fat Shaming Children

Laura Cacdac got a letter from her daughter Charley’s school, letting her know that her daughter’s BMI was “high” and that “From the results of this test, it is suggested that your child’s health be examined by a physician, particularly as it relates to the problem suggested by the screening. A problem such as this […]



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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 2/11/15





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Dancing and Inspiration Porn





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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fatshion February, day 10, part 3: comfy

After two rounds of dress-up, I realized I just wanted to wear sweatpants and a hoodie. T-shirt: present from Steve from the Nintendo store in NYC, hoodie: borrowed from Steve, pants: CVS (very old), headband: Crown and Glory, slippers: Snoozies via Amazon I found my first pair of Snoozies at a shop in Western Massachusetts […]



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Fatshion February, day 10, part 2: glitter hearts!

Today’s second outfit was inspired by Valentine’s Day coming up. I’m still not sure what I’m going to wear for V-Day, but this heart headband is a definite contender. Dress: Ice Silk via Zulily, leggings: Domino Dollhouse, belt: Re/Dress, sheer jacket: Studio 1940 – thrifted, necklace: gift shop at DisneyWorld, headband: Crown & Glory, bracelets: […]



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Be Sexy For Me

I grew up in a fairly conservative and religious household. Sexuality was something to be repressed and ashamed of. My aunt used to slut shame before we were even thinking of sex. As I grew up and into feminism, I began reclaiming my sexuality. I came out as bisexual and poly, began dating, exploring, having […]



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Valentine’s Week…

Anyone else already over the red, pink, white, flowers, cards, and bears? Not just me? Awesome! :D But seriously, this week brings Valentine’s Day, the one day that for some paired folk will dictate if they get to remain in that pair. That seems like a lot of responsibility for one day, no? And what […]



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Adventures in Gardening: Hügelkultur Experiments





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Monday, 9 February 2015

Round and Round: Part 2 —

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss, weight and health. The following is the next part in my series asking Health at Every Size® (HAES) questions about how the social determinants of health (SDH) fits into the HAES model. You can read the first part here. My apologies for not having this out “tomorrow” as I […]



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Who speaks for fat people?





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Fun With Inappropriate Personal Comments

One of the things that happens when you are fat in a fatphobic society is that people who are under the mistaken impression that their beeswax is located on our bodies, plates, shopping carts etc., make inappropriate comments about our bodies, food choices, shopping carts etc. One of the options that I often suggest to […]



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Sunday, 8 February 2015

New Diet: Deny Drugs you need for Drugs that Don't Work.

The worst doctor I ever saw was an endocrinologist. I went to her thinking that I might have a thyroid condition as I was tired all the time. When I finally got into see her, I began to give her...



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Say Something Sunday – Sixth Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, 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 […]



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Saturday, 7 February 2015

For the rest of us.

Just a heads-up, in this post I reveal specific details of how I eat and exercise. I wrote this post several months ago, but didn’t post it. Here it is now. I don’t usually talk too much about how or what I eat, because I’m uncomfortable with the often performative, status-grubbing nature of doing so […]



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Friday, 6 February 2015

I need you to be happy so that I can feel ok about your oppression





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Health and the Usual Disclaimers

When I discuss the concept of health on this blog I include some version of the following: Health is not an obligation, barometer of worthiness, completely within our control, or guaranteed under any circumstance. Recently reader Deborah asked me to talk more about this so I thought I would do that today, taking it piece […]



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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Fatshion February, day 4: Black, red, and white

Dress + leggings + cardigan/shrug/blazer = pretty much my winter uniform. Dress: Perceptions via either a clothing swap or the Big Thrifty, leggings: Re/Dress, shoes: L.L. Bean, shrug: SimplyBe, necklace: gift shop at Disney World, earrings: really old I don’t love this dress, but it’s a good basic work dress, so I end up wearing […]



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the HAES® files: Helping Students with Anti-Bias Projects

by Miriam Villchur Berg In my work with the Council on Size & Weight Discrimination, I answer emails from students on all levels, from middle school through graduate school. I am always struck by the poignancy of their questions—especially those that come from the younger girls. I can picture their struggles with weight prejudice. I […]



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Another Reason Not to Schedule a Pre-Labor Cesarean





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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Round and Round: Part 1 —

Trigger warning: This post touches on issues of health and wellness, weight loss and eating disorders. Perhaps you aren’t aware, but there’s a seismic shift happening within the Health at Every Size® (HAES) community. It all started with the book Body Respect by Lucy Aphramor and Linda Bacon. As most of you know, Bacon wrote […]



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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 2/4/15





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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Fatshion February, day 2: Purple roses

If I don’t look very happy in these pictures, it’s because I had just slogged through semi-shoveled sidewalks and snowbanks on the last leg of my commute–after having to take an alternate, and longer, route home, because the T (Boston’s subway system) was having an epic meltdown. Our infrastructure is just not dealing with the […]



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Monday, 2 February 2015

Reason, Season, Lifetime: Relationship Cleanse

Remember that time in the late 90s, early 00s when chain mail was all the rage? I was definitely one of those people who found these little nuggets in my email inbox to be more nuisance than interesting bits of reading. Often I would just hit delete and move on to the next. However, there […]



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Fatshion February, day 1: Glitter space cat

It’s Fatshion February, woo! Here’s what I wore yesterday to watch the Puppy Bowl with friends (including Maggie of Curvy Broke Fashion, whose outfit post you can see here). Maggie and I are always on the same fashion wavelength without even trying. :) Dress and leggings: Domino Dollhouse, belt: ASOS Curve, cardigan: Talbots – thrifted, […]



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Gastric Sleeve revisited





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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Say Something Sunday – Fifth Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, 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 […]



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