Trabb’s Boy suggested this title in our previous links roundup. I can’t decide if it’s cute, scientific, or terroristy! In the meantime, here are some links for you, and a picture of cute animals, after the jump.
1. Also recommended by Trabb’s Boy in the previous link roundup is this terrific essay from Shakesville: it’s okay to choose to be fat.
Because it really is a radical notion, and, like other radical notions, it is both has the capacity and is likely to evoke visceral reactions of protest. Like: “But being fat is (potentially) unhealthy! And that’s not okay!” But, if you give yourself a moment or two, you’ll probably realize there are other potentially unhealthy things that people do, which you would probably argue in favor of allowing them to continue doing…
It can be a hatred that’s hard to let go of, even for fat people, because letting go of that hatred, and replacing it with acceptance, can feel akin to giving fat people permission to be fat.
But being in the position of feeling like permission is yours to give is a manifestation of privilege. And maybe it’s all right to let that privilege go.
This keeps coming up and I will keep bringing it up – if we’re so concerned about health then why are we framing the discussion as being about weight?
I know the answer – it’s that we aren’t really interested in health so much as using health to bludgeon fat people. But I’ve yet to get a satisfactory answer on that one out of anyone. If high fructose corn syrup is so bad for us (and I do believe that, in quantity, it isn’t the best thing for us by any means), then why are we focusing solely on “it makes you fat” and not on “it is harming your overall healthfulness”?
3. In Defense of Bad Prom Dresses at Manolo for the Big Girl:
The trend these days seems to be for hyper-ruched dresses with bubble hems or those horrible pick-ups or the same bodice ruching with a mermaid skirt, and Lord knows they’d probably want to wear it with shiny spandex opera length gloves that flatter precisely no one in the universe.
And you know, fine. I don’t care. Would I wear it? No, but I’m not a 17 year old girl whose entire world is about to change in a few weeks.
If I had to do it all over again –and thank God I don’t– knowing what I know now about how my life has turned out, I’d actually go for a big goofy dress on purpose.
4. A scholarship is being offered for people who design plus-sized clothing. Awesome.
[Application includes] an essay (750 words or less) outlining why your fashion entries are unique/innovative and explaining your interest and motivation for a career in the plus-size fashion industry.
I invite you to respond to any of the posts above, and/or post or link to your own pet pictures in the comments. Why? Why not! It’s Tuesday! Join the party!
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