Hey it’s me standing strong for kids to feel good about themselves instead of shaming them into the multi billion dollar diet industry! Have a cookie and go play little friends! Original photo by Allison Michael Orenstein.
Another person stands with Stand4Kids!
(A response to ads that target children with weight bigotry in Georgia.)
Suspenders are hot!
[image of me, fat and brown, topless from behind. i’m wearing denim shorts with suspenders, and my two shark tattoos are visible on my left shoulder and right lower back. my black hair is cropped at the nape of my neck.]
learning to love my body means mapping it. & i love my shape from behind where my back rolls onto itself. especially topless in suspenders! i shall recruit the boo in helping me document more of it.
— Camryn Manheim, Wake Up, I’m Fat!
I super love randomly reading Autostraddle and finding a shout-out to me. And also learning about rad new-to-me online content like Runway Revolution. Clickie and read!
Now back to stressing out about my taxes and pricing these new sundresses for the Re/Dress.
Re/Dress INDIE+ Fashion Show on the runway video by Manik Magazine! It’s got a great interview with Mia Amber at the beginning. She’s a hot model with good advice about positive self-image. And proudly rocking Faith 21 and size 12 shoes!! I also especially love it when tall women fearlessly wear heels.
The fashions included in the fashion show are (in order of appearance):
La’Dan’s Closet (exquisite coats)
(Clothes on those models all from Re/Dress)
— April Flores (via fuckyeahfemmes)
I have been a fan of Sara Rue since her turn in Gypsy 83. (If you haven’t seen Gypsy 83, put it on your must-see queer movies list.) I make it a point not to comment on celebrity weight-loss because I believe in their own body autonomy just like I believe in your own body autonomy so if you decide to pursue a weight-loss goal, that’s you being you. Of course, I think you should be mindful of the diet industrial complex and how the media uses self-hate to commodify your relationship with your body. That said, this critique on Jezebel of Sara’s new Jenny Craig campaign is really really good.
Rue talks about how it “isn’t normal” to not want to leave the house because of one’s weight, but instead of addressing the actual emotional processes behind these things, in terms of her own attitude towards her body image and self-esteem, the commercial (and, understandably so, as it’s selling a diet plan) immediately moves to Rue’s new-found happiness and her skinny jeans, as if dropping 50 pounds is really a solution for the kind of issues that would keep a woman inside of her house, feeling “not normal” about her body and her place in the world.