Sunday, 31 May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road – Furious and Furiosa!

Heads up, this post is going to be chock full of spoilers.  Continue on at your own peril! So I am fresh home from a lovely day out with friends which included seeing Mad Max: Fury Road at the cinema this afternoon, and I cannot NOT blog about this one.  Holy crap what a movie!  […]

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Body Image at Waywire

Quick note: I just added a page to the blogroll. It’s Substantia Jones’s Body Image page at Waywire.com. It has lots of newsworthy, inspiring, and informative videos on HAES, size acceptance, and related matters. Go forth and click! http://ift.tt/1PV9wkj

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What Fat People Know Best

As fat people, we are constantly being told that everyone is a better witness to our experience than we are.  We are told that we’re not competent witnesses to what and how much we do or should eat, or how much we do or should exercise.  Our bodies are held up as proof that we […]

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Friday, 29 May 2015

Results (2015, dir. Andrew Bujalski); Welcome to Me (2015, dir. Shira Piven)

Fatphobia is a complicated beast both in terms of genesis and expression, but in the USA, it is often partnered with the cultural preoccupation with self-improvement.  This country has a history that pushes to the forefront stories of people who better their lot in life through willpower, gumption, and a maverick spirit: wilderness pioneers, rags-to-riches […]

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SWAGGA: Whatta Ride! Come and see us!



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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Things That Don’t Justify Concern Trolling

Yesterday I blogged about how it’s ok to be fat and to not try to be thin no matter what your situation.  Predictably, today I heard from people who want to concern troll fat people using a couple of very common, very ridiculous justifications: The first is based on the suggestion that if the person “wants better” […]

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the HAES® files: The Pool Party

by Stacey Nye, PhD, FAED When I was in the 11th grade I took Junior Honors English. Back then, students didn’t take the profusion of honors and advanced placement classes that they do today, and so this was a big deal for me. It was one of my all-time favorite classes. Mrs. Gordon, the teacher, […]

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Finding The Right Free Sessions That Sell For Your FreshMember Marketing

When you start searching for different ways of making money online, the first thing you come across will be Affiliate Marketing program. Through this program, you get paid for publishing ads on your website. So, you first need to set … Continue reading

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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 5/27/15



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Nail Adventures: Chillin’

I feel like it’s been forever since I had the time to do a Nail Adventure! My nails have been pretty wretched lately, actually. Part of it was me doing some cleaning at work and dropping a sign. Instead of letting the sign fall on the floor, I caught it. Which broke three nails to […]

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It’s ok to be fat as long as…

In response to my blogs about Tess Holliday and the importance of fat role models, and a 16 year old’s body positive art, I’m getting a lot of people who say some version of “It’s ok to be fat as long as you’re happy with your body”  or “It’s ok to be fat as long […]

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Obese Women Need Increased Access to Midwifery Care



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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tales From Retail: Holiday Edition

Yesterday was Memorial Day. The unofficial first day of summer for us Americans. A day filled with cookouts, beer, friends, and family. I, like quite a few other folks that work retail, had to work. Because Memorial Day sales and whatnot. Anyway. Before I begin, let me first say thank you to the servicewomen and […]

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Mikhaila Nodel’s Beautiful Body Positive Art

I spend a lot of time on this blog pointing out things that are messed up, ranting about people who are doing harm with their fat phobia etc.  When I give talks to teen girls, I’m always so saddened at how many of them have internalized what our culture has told sold them about their themselves […]

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Baby Diet Purgatory

TW: Dieting and intentional weight loss (no numbers or specifics) I just spent the last couple weeks on a diet. Which, as committed as I am to FA, feels kind of like saying “Hey, I changed my voter registration to Republican, signed up for an atheist conference, and joined the Justin Bieber fan club.” I’ve […]

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sunday links, 5/24/15

Fa(t)shion -Are googly-eyed accessories the next trend? I hope so! –Tess Holliday is on the cover of People! It’s amazing to see someone my size on the cover of that magazine, and not as a “before” picture. Buzzfeed also has a great profile of her. -My fellow Bostonian Anna is going a year without buying […]

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Internet Marketing – Tips to Help You In Hiring an WP Smart Service Service

A major mistake made by most businesses is hiring an internet marketing company without much thought – primarily basing on their price rather than the services they offer. Your website is usually your WP Smart Service business’s visual representation and … Continue reading

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Friday, 22 May 2015

150 Minutes

I just ran across this article online that talks about some new studies that talk about how much exercise you really need to do to significantly increase the chances of having a longer better life.  What it found is pretty encouraging.  You don’t need to do hours upon hours of exercise per week in order […]

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Tess Holliday, Promoting Obesity, and Fat Role Models

Tess Holliday is a 5’5, size 22 model who is on the cover of People Magazine (like many models before her) for being rocking awesome at her job, which is to let fat women see the clothes that are being sold to us on a body that looks like us. But heaven forbid we let […]

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Living through the pain

Every year while training and rehearsing for our dance performance in the Big Moves show, I injure myself and hit an emotional wall. It seems I freak out about all the things, question my intentions and feel on the brink, every year. I hit that wall on Tuesday of this week. I had practiced pretty […]

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Thursday tutu-spirations, 5/21/15, and blog announcement

Hi everyone, sorry about the lack of Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations and Sunday Links posts last week! I’ve been in full-on wedding planning mode, and even though I’ve still been saving links and outfit posts, and taking outfit pictures, I just haven’t been in the brainspace to blog. So I’m going on a semi-hiatus, which is […]

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Dressing for the Body You Have

This sign was posted on the window of a Social Services office.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  But first, awesome activist Crystal Vasquez e-mailed to inquire as to just what the sam hill they were thinking, and received this treasure of a response (posted with her permission, of course) Ms Vasquez, Thank you […]

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the HAES® files: On the Cushion and Off the Hook — An Exploration of Yoga, Meditation, and Body Positivity

by Rachel Smith I remember the exact moment when I realized that real growth had nothing at all to do with the size of my body. I was sitting in a meditation center with my teacher, listening to him answer questions as I worked to let go of the constant, body-shaming, diet-obsessed, “I will never […]

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

It’s too much to handle…

Just as I was really digging in and doing the hard work of personal growth and job hunting I get a 60 day notice on my housing. This wasn’t a shock exactly, but the timing was greatly unexpected and unfortunate. I am living between a rock and a hard place at this point and the […]

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Don’t Exercise

Last night I gave a speech at Kaiser provocatively entitled, “Don’t Exercise”.  It was a big hit, so I thought I would share some of the highlights with you today.  The whole idea of the speech is that so often people begin to exercise because they believe that if they do so, their body will […]

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Fat People and Our Knees

There’s a thing that happens to me a lot. It’s happening even more now that I’m training for an IRONMAN. Perfect strangers, upon seeing or hearing that I’m a fathlete, will ask me “how are your knees?”, often wincing like it pains them to even think about it.  When I say that my knees are fine, […]

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, dir. George Miller)

(Just a reminder, all CPBS articles potentially contain spoilers.) This afternoon, I had the pleasure of engaging in BitchFlicks‘ weekly Twitter discussion, the topic of which was Mad Max: Fury Road.  Fury Road is a decent action film that makes up in style what it lacks in story and character detail, but it’s getting a lot of […]

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Fat Amy, Film, and Photoshoots

l saw the new Pitch Perfect movie last night.  I’ve seen the first Pitch Perfect movie many times.  I loved it, it was not without problematic things, but I thought that it also did a lot of subverting stereotypes and bigotry as well.  Near and dear to me was the character Fat Amy who was written to […]

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Fundal Pressure: An Outdated Technique



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Monday, 18 May 2015

Valuable Favors of Online Marketing For FreshMember Businesses In Terms Of Achieving Targeted Exposure

If you still marketing your business services offline and have not yet joined the online marketing world, then you are missing out something great. Online marketing favors are quite much endless relatively to offline marketing strategies and so is the … Continue reading

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Like Comparing Fat People and Oranges

I was reminded of the issues with research about health and weight recently by the fabulous and brilliant Tigress Osborn who said on Facebook “Fat IS associated with all the things she mentioned. Those conditions are often found alongside fat. So? Peanut butter is associated with grape jelly, too, but that doesn’t mean grape jelly […]

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Link: Director’s Club Podcast Bonus Episode: Cape Fear & Shutter Island

Director’s Club Podcast is going on hiatus, but not before putting out a series of bonus episodes over the next few months.  The topics are requests from listeners who donated $50 or more to the production of Most Likely by Bang! Films, an independent romantic comedy featuring the acting talents of my bff Jess Conger.  (You can’t […]

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Whole30: When in doubt, cut it out.

One of the most notable things about the Whole30 program introduction is the implication, without specifying causes or mechanisms, that enormous swaths of your diet are causing various health problems. This implication is posed as a series of questions: “Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be […]

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Get me to the Dressing Room Please

As a “plus-sized” person, I know that my options for buying clothing are much more limited than my “straight-sized” friends.  It is not all that uncommon, especially in certain parts of Los Angeles to go to a mall that doesn’t carry any plus-sized clothing whatsoever.  But I am also deeply aware, that as a “midsized” […]

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Friday, 15 May 2015

New Diabetes drugs have gnarly side effects!



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Helen Garner – Violence and Visibility

Have any of you read Helen Garner’s recent piece in The Monthly about the way older women in society are treated?  I have, and I can’t leave it alone.  At first glance, I was on board with Helen’s issue, in that yes, it is absolutely true that society in general is terribly patronising and discriminatory […]

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

New projects



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“I Do Exist!”

I think it is valuable and important to talk about things that are difficult. I’m the gal that always seems to “go there” and I’m okay with that. I seem to have a friendly face or am just an obvious good listener? I dunno, but people always seem to come up to me and wanna […]

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Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement



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The Whole30: A quick note on scientific evidence vs. moral arguments.

I like skepticism, as a practice and a way of thinking. I share a lot of the traits and values of people who write skeptically about popular science and popular health and nutrition messages. But I often feel like there is something missing in skeptical conversations, and I hope that, in our discussion of the […]

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This is Not About Fat People’s Health

Sometimes I break the cardinal rule of being fat on the internet and I read the comments.  I’m always a bit taken aback by the way people who have no health knowledge tell us all about our health, and in particular by the tone of superiority that people take against fat people: “Fat people need […]

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the HAES® files: On Choosing Our Focus

by Dr. Jenny Copeland Stuck. Mired. Both of these words accurately describe how I have felt in recent months. For so many people when such events occur or feelings arise, they are often played out on the battleground of our bodies. Self-care falls to the wayside as we are forced to admit we can no […]

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

There’s no such thing as an “anti-science” answer to a nonscientific question

From time to time I come across people saying that Health At Every Size and/or Fat Acceptance is “anti-science”. People who say that tend to be making at least one of two mistakes. 1) a. Not knowing the science of … Continue reading

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“hey, I didn’t sign up for this…”

Can we talk about the small stuff? Can we please just all give ourselves a pat on the fucking back for once?! For what? For surviving in this world, in this society. Just getting through a day, a night, an hour and a minute! Things are hard! If I catch myself thinking out more than […]

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Recursive Recrimination–Beating Yourself Up (For Beating Yourself Up)

Several decades ago, I made the decision to not let negative feelings about my body rule my life any more.  I decided to stop putting my life on hold until I reached a certain size or shape.  I decided that all the things I was waiting to do until after I had the “right” body, […]

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The Whole30: Concepts of “fitness”

One of the first things that stands out to me as I read the brief introductory article on The Whole30 is this: “Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it.” There’s a lot going on here, but for […]

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Upcoming: An analysis of the Whole30

At the moment, I’m working on my internship research project, which is a critical analysis of a popular diet program, The Whole30. Over the next week or so, I plan to post snippets of the themes I’m finding as I analyze some text that goes along with the program. Please come back if you’re interested […]

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Want To Help Me Do Something Great?

Then I’d love it if y’all would donate to my fundraising campaign for the AIDS Walk! It’s taking place in NYC on May 17th. I’ll be walking a 5K (!!!!!) to help support multiple organizations that help people affected by AIDS all over the world. I’ll be walking with a team, and we’re looking to […]

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Who Are the Real Women

It seems that every day I see something about “real women” Whether it’s an article calling women who aren’t models “real women,” or stores that sell clothes for fat people advertising that their clothes are for “real women”, or ads for plus-size dating sites indicating that they will help men find “real women”, or shirts and Facebook memes […]

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Monday, 11 May 2015

but I celebrate them just the same

I worked really hard to be a positive and self accepting and loving person. How did I forget how hard it is to BE that person?! Life events, one right after another, sent me into a whirlwind or a tailspin or whatever and I forgot who I was, what makes me happy or how to […]

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Tales From Retail: Anatomy

Picture it: NYC, 2011. I’m going about my duties at work, when I’m approached by the (very confused and flustered) assistant manager. He has a woman with him, and she’s carrying two boxes with her. I can tell by how he’s looking around he needs ME to help him sort this out, and I immediately […]

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All About the Underpants

Here on DancesWithFat we have some posts that are annual traditions, one of them is this post about The Underpants Rule. As always, I’ve added and changed some things to help clarify questions that I received about the UR over the last year. I have found there are rules that, if I follow them, usually […]

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Becoming - Mother's Day



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Sunday Links, 5/10/15

Happy Mothers’ Day! Fa(t)shion -Fat Girl Posing’s spring pastel shoot is gorgeous. -My friend Femma’s Etsy shop Femme Fat Sew is live! -A plus size student was suspended for a supposedly revealing prom dress, while her straight size classmates got away with much skimpier dresses. –TheCURVYCon is coming to New York, and will have Amber Riley as […]

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Say Something Sunday – Tell Us About It Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, to personal Size Diversity activism. I did the math and if everyone who views the blog each week did one piece of Size Diversity Activism a week, it would add up to over 1.5 million body positive messages put out into the world […]

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Paradoxically(?!) Fatter Diabetics Live Longer

A few days ago a new study was released which indicates that of people living with type-2 diabetes, those in the overweight category live the longest.  They even live longer than those in the “healthy weight” category.  Newspaper articles like these (TRIGGER WARNING FOR UBIQUITOUS HEADLESS FATTY SHOT) are quick to cite this as another […]

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Bad Responses to Bad Fat Shaming – Starring Keath Hausher and Tony Posnanski

A fat woman went to a baseball game.  Unbeknownst to her she was sitting in front of certified fitness trainer Keath Hausher.  Keath couldn’t manage to keep his eye on the ball, and instead took the picture of the fat woman in front of him without her consent, and posted it to Facebook accompanied by his judgments about her […]

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Friday, 8 May 2015

A Midwife-Laborist Care Model Reduces Cesarean Rates



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Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Problem With Calling People Overweight

I got this question from reader Lissa today: I hear fat activists say that they prefer “fat” to terms like overweight and obese, but I don’t get it.  What’s better about fat than obese or overweight? Well Lissa, I’m glad that you asked! As always people are allowed to identify themselves using whatever terms they prefer, […]

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Happy 100th birthday, Orson Welles

He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people? –Tana (Marlene Dietrich), Touch of Evil  A few months ago, I saw a theater production called Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play.  Mr. Burns is three snapshots in three acts of life in the United States after a catastrophe that causes the nation’s […]

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INDD!

Happy International No Diet Day! If you’re still a dieter, you can take this one day to stop dieting and focus on loving yourself. You can find a very short history of INDD here: http://ift.tt/1IgFnHN Enjoy your day, and if you like, let us know what you did.

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How to become a dietetic intern.

“First, try to be something, anything, else.” -Lorrie Moore, How to Become a Writer First, decide on a wholly impractical career path at an early age, say, as a writer. Write and bind a book of construction paper and crayon when you’re six. Switch to pencil and start writing poetry at eight. Drag the idea […]

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Wednesday Fa(t)shion Inspirations, 5/6/15: Black and yellow



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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Ten Body Positive Tips For Plus Sized Brides!

Hello! If you’re reading this, perhaps you’re engaged, or soon to be engaged, or your wedding is imminent and you’re freaking out. Wherever you are in the wedding process, welcome! Just a few short months ago I got married to my longtime honey. Our wedding was fun, special and beautiful and unlike many brides, I [...]

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FDA: Trade Your Double Chin for Nerve Damage!

The FDA has improved a new injectable that might destroy the fat cells in people’s double chins.  Of course, sometimes it doesn’t work, and if it gets injected in the wrong it will indiscriminately destroy cells .  Also, it can involve up to 6 treatments, each with up to 50 injections – so you know that’s […]

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Tales From Retail: Still Got It

Picture it, April 30th, early evening. I’m in GNC getting some protein powder for my smoothies (trying to get healthy, don’t ya know), and one of the two salespeople ask if I need help. So, you know that customer you ask if they need help and they say no and wander aimlessly until your coworker […]

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I’m Too Sexy For This Prom?

Alexus Miller-Wigfall was given one day of in-school suspension for wearing a prom dress that was “too revealing” based on the school dress code.  Before we get into this, let’s play a quick game of “Which girl got in trouble” The girl in the red dress is Alexus, the one who was suspended. The girls […]

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday links, 5/3/15

Baltimore/#BlackLivesMatter -Thank God: Six police officers to be criminally charged in Freddie Gray’s death. –Meet Marilyn Mosby, the badass prosecutor fighting for justice in Baltimore. -This is a really comprehensive and useful post: Everything we know about Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising and how you can help. –Baltimore Uprising is a central space for information […]

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

PADS Saturday

Okay y’all.  I’m not gonna lie.  It was an awesome week and a tough week all rolled up in one.  So I felt that I needed to have a PADS Saturday and share it with you.  If you’re new, or missed the previous posts, PADS stands for Public Acts of Dancing Spontaneously and it  is […]

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Defending Fat Positive Space



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Colorado Preschool Takes Candy From a Baby

Four year old Natalee Pearson left for school with a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese, and a 4-pack of Oreo cookies that her mom packed her for lunch. When she came back home the Oreos hadn’t been touched and she explained to her mom that her teacher wouldn’t allow her to eat them. The teacher had […]

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