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acekwright:

Samm got me this card. It’s awesome. We are dying our hair right now.

[Fat cats are always relevant.]

acekwright:

Samm got me this card. It’s awesome. We are dying our hair right now.

[Fat cats are always relevant.]

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— 2 years ago with 7092 notes
iridessence:

You only live once, right? To hell with it!
And this is actually really liberating.

iridessence:

You only live once, right? To hell with it!

And this is actually really liberating.

(via quelola)

— 2 years ago with 2649 notes
riotsnotdiets:

owlsandelephants:

sandwichandpenny:

nycgov:

The Health Department’s education campaign describes that 

…drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year. Many of us consume too much sugar without realizing it. Sugar in sweetened drinks contains extra calories that can lead to obesity and diabetes. 


NYC, this is one of the worst “health” campaigns I’ve ever seen. The above ad is one of the tamer posters, but the others which have held a steady presence in the subways are blatant fat shaming and profoundly factually misleading.
“Obesity” is NOT a behavior. If your campaign was aimed at healthy behaviors (like getting out and walking instead of taking the subway if you’re physically able, taking up a active hobby, using public parks, or promoting athletic programs for children) perhaps then your message would be more effective. Instead, you chose to use cliched and demeaning images of fat, faceless bodies being objectified and dehumanized, “struggling” with their mobility, backed by loose correlational statements. It’s alarmist, it’s hate, and basically…it’s a lazy campaign.




WOW. Not only are these terrible in general and horribly fat-shaming, but they are extremely ableist as well!! This is disgraceful.

Not to mention that that first guy? The one who lost his leg to diabetes? Isn’t actually legless—they photoshopped it off for this campaign. And here’s another model upset about the way the the pictures were used. 
I know they sign model releases and everything, but fat models especially risk their photos being used in ways that depict fat folks as “unhealthy”, bad, gross, etc. It’s maddening. 
And yeah, what Kristy and Hillary said: these ads are incredibly hateful towards non-normative bodies. I’m not looking forward to taking the subway while I’m in NYC next week.

riotsnotdiets:

owlsandelephants:

sandwichandpenny:

nycgov:

The Health Department’s education campaign describes that

…drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year. Many of us consume too much sugar without realizing it. Sugar in sweetened drinks contains extra calories that can lead to obesity and diabetes.

NYC, this is one of the worst “health” campaigns I’ve ever seen. The above ad is one of the tamer posters, but the others which have held a steady presence in the subways are blatant fat shaming and profoundly factually misleading.

“Obesity” is NOT a behavior. If your campaign was aimed at healthy behaviors (like getting out and walking instead of taking the subway if you’re physically able, taking up a active hobby, using public parks, or promoting athletic programs for children) perhaps then your message would be more effective. Instead, you chose to use cliched and demeaning images of fat, faceless bodies being objectified and dehumanized, “struggling” with their mobility, backed by loose correlational statements. It’s alarmist, it’s hate, and basically…it’s a lazy campaign.

WOW. Not only are these terrible in general and horribly fat-shaming, but they are extremely ableist as well!! This is disgraceful.

Not to mention that that first guy? The one who lost his leg to diabetes? Isn’t actually legless—they photoshopped it off for this campaign. And here’s another model upset about the way the the pictures were used. 

I know they sign model releases and everything, but fat models especially risk their photos being used in ways that depict fat folks as “unhealthy”, bad, gross, etc. It’s maddening. 

And yeah, what Kristy and Hillary said: these ads are incredibly hateful towards non-normative bodies. I’m not looking forward to taking the subway while I’m in NYC next week.

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— 2 years ago with 130 notes
"For to survive in the mouth of this dragon that we call america, we have had to learn this first and most vital lesson - that we were never meant to survive. Not as human beings. And neither were most of you here today, Black or not. And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength. Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid."
Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action” (via mylifeasafeminista)

(via radicalpajamaparty)

— 2 years ago with 85 notes
Our bodies are battle grounds for people who will never have to live in them

karnythia:

As long as you live in a body that is not cis, abled, white, & male? Someone’s going to spend a lot of time, energy, & money digging into why you’re wrong for existing. They’ll fight each other over what’s wrong with you & fight you over any efforts you make to love yourself. We’re all supposed to vanish (see 95% of future fiction), and leave them to a world where they can compete to be their own heroes, while we stay mythical villains to be destroyed on sight. Staying alive, staying visible, that’s all it takes to be radical in a world that would rather erase you than acknowledge your humanity.

— 2 years ago with 403 notes
"[N]o one has proven that fat people generally eat more or exercise less than thin people. Period. And believe me, they’ve tried. (Gina Kolata’s new book, Rethinking Thin, is an outstanding source for more on that point.)"
— 2 years ago with 4 notes
this is a rant about things i see/hear

intricate-veins:

i know that all these faux health concern people running about the internet passing judgement on my body really don’t give a shit about my health. they dont really care that i have a family history of diabetes. they don’t even care about the reproductive disorders i have. the hormonal disorders. the insulin imbalance. they don’t even care about diabetes altogether. they read an article once about the diabetes/obesity epidemic and now have some handy words to attach to their fauxcern about my health.

if they cared about my health, they would find some way to make healthcare affordable so that i could see a doctor about mitigating the circumstances of my health conditions and to get the medicine i most likely need but can’t afford.

if they cared about my health, they would make sure that the type of foods i need to eat were available and affordable always and that i had both time and resources to make the meals i need to meet the requirements of the diet i should be on.

if they cared about my health, they would take their friends to task for ever, EVER ONCE yelling at or harassing me for being outside in the world and present while fat for walking to the bus or to school or anywhere else so that i do not feel SCARED to go out and enjoy the outdoors because of what someone will say to me.

if they cared about my health, they would shut the fuck up about what i eat or don’t eat because after the sixth or seventh time of trying to tell people that my issue is not that i eat too much but that i don’t EAT AT ALL and therefore my body clings to every molecule it possibly can because it’s scared i’m going to punish it again, i get nauseated and sick and depressed at trying to convince people that fat people can and do suffer from eating disorders as well (and when we do, it’s called a change for the better).

if they cared about my health, they would realize that not all diabetics are fatties who just can’t put down the cookies (their thoughts, not mine), that thin people can suffer from insulin related disorders, that my weight gain was the RESULT of a hormonal/insulin imbalance, not the CAUSE of it and that people’s health concerns often do NOT FIT THEIR STEREOTYPICAL BULLSHIT.

even if it did, it is none of your business, EVER, what someone’s medical history/record is. EVER. this is not something we are required to give up to you in exchange for being a ‘good fatty’ and therefore not being harassed.

if they cared about my health, THEY WOULD STOP INVOKING SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS AS SOME KIND OF PUNISHMENT FOR BEING FAT. YOU WOULD FUCKING NEVER TELL A SINGLE FAT PERSON THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET DIABETES, YOU JERK, BECAUSE WHAT KIND OF PERSON WISHES POTENTIAL BODILY HARM ON ANOTHER SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE THE AMOUNT OF FLESH THEY HAVE ON THEIR BODY?

if they cared about my health, they would realize that i don’t ever have to divulge any of this if i don’t want to because my body and its health is none of their business. nobody’s body and what it goes through belongs in the rhetoric of another person especially when that person spouting crap is trying to shame or further harm a fat person. i don’t owe you shit, not medical records or shame or ‘oh you’re so right, how could i have been so unaware about the things that my body faces? oh God i have seen the light.’ 

my disorders and health concerns are not your anti-fat talking tool and i refuse to let the physical problems I PERSONALLY FACE (not anyone else but me) become a way to shame and harm other people. just get to the grist of it and tell me to my face that you find my body reprehensible because of what you were taught, rather than try to play concern charade to my face. you care not about my physical health, nor my mental health, and i am tired of pretending otherwise.

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— 2 years ago with 111 notes
janedoe225:

Let’s wish a very happy “Seis de Mayo” to all the Mexican brothers and sisters who worked in kitchens and bars last night and witnessed way too many sombreros, ponchos, fake mustaches and other bastardizations of their culture.

janedoe225:

Let’s wish a very happy “Seis de Mayo” to all the Mexican brothers and sisters who worked in kitchens and bars last night and witnessed way too many sombreros, ponchos, fake mustaches and other bastardizations of their culture.

(Source: comradeclaudia, via quelola)

— 2 years ago with 6510 notes
glittergeek:

chubby-bunnies:

Well, this is me, naked, jumping into a very much public lake (right behind those trees is a highway) in broad daylight. 
I love being a fat/PALE jersey shore girl. breaking the stereotype. :D
Submitted by http://bananapizzapie.tumblr.com/

what an AMAZING photo.
i was a jersey shore kid once upon a time. go you.

glittergeek:

chubby-bunnies:

Well, this is me, nakedjumping into a very much public lake (right behind those trees is a highway) in broad daylight. 

I love being a fat/PALE jersey shore girl. breaking the stereotype. :D

Submitted by http://bananapizzapie.tumblr.com/

what an AMAZING photo.

i was a jersey shore kid once upon a time. go you.

— 2 years ago with 2731 notes

body-posi:

femmesandfamily:

“Vanity is”

An artistic piece by femmesandfamily, with contributions from her followers.

[Image is of a variety of shots of an art piece.  There is a thick romantic looking frame.  Inside there is a picture of a softly painted light skinned feminine person, with a variety of texts covering the canvas.  The text reads:

Vanity is

surviving modesty

being unapologetically and unshamedly beautiful

loving and exposing

catching my own face in the mirror

empowering

bright red lipstick

stop what I’m doing to admire myself

merely knowing you are beautiful

self-care

radical self-love

glorifying your own existence

to know one’s own beauty and appreciate it for one’s self

victory rolls

hours of makeup for staying home for the night

your own body

making people notice that you are alive

day long photo shoots

self-love that’s been a little twisted]

Thank you to all my followers who submitted and contributed.

Absolutely wonderful.

(Source: femmadilemma)

— 2 years ago with 184 notes

lapocketrocket:

There is a word in every fat fashion fan’s vocabulary that upon its utterance, whether by a TV style pundit, a designer or a well-meaning relative, never fails to strike a killing blow to any confidence we may have. The word is “flattering”.

Flattering. The word haunts us wherever we go. Shouting at us from our screens, omnipresent in the stares from 17 year old shop assistants, left in the comments of every article that dares to mention fatness and fashion in the same paragraph. This word, these three little syllables, have locked fat people - feminine fatties, dapper fatties, butch fatties - into a parallel universe of shame and despair, a world populated by an endless parade of diarrhoea brown calf length skirts, waterfall cardigans and hanky hems. To flatter is to hide, to minimise, to render obsolete. A way for fatties to move through the world, without actually being seen.

Flattering, a code word for elasticated necklines and empire waists. The idea that a belly and a bum means you’re not worthy of colour or fanciness. Of happiness.

I want you to join me, my friends. Join me in rejecting the idea of only wearing clothes that others deem flattering. let us adorn ourselves in sequins, in feathers, in tight Lycra. Let us frolic in skirts and jeans that trace the outline of our bellies without fear or shame. Let us wear our VBOs as a delicious fashion statement, instead of a curse.

Together we can walk the streets, take to the beaches a riot of colourful chubbiness. Together we will rise to the hates and shout

FUCK FLATTERING

It is time for us to take back our agency, it’s time for us to reclaim this word which is still used against us. And once we have it, we will destroy it.

Society may want us to hide, but we will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! But we WILL pour our bums into a pair of American Apparel disco pants. We WILL wear ruffles, peplums and skinny jeans and fitted 3 piece suits. We WILL dress exactly how we want because we deserve to feel good about ourselves.

Celebrate your body. Wrap it in silks, paint it in millions of colours. Wear hot pants or even baggy t-shirts if that’s what makes you happy. But don’t ever feel you need to wear something “flattering”.

The next time you hear that word, those horrible three syllables, say it with me: fuck flattering! Fuck flattering! FUCK FLATTERING!

So, this was my Burger Queen final speech. I ended up deviating it and cutting it short, but this was my full written speech. Oh, and please feel free to listen to this song as that’s what was playing. haha.

(via body-posi)

— 2 years ago with 105 notes

hunk-ules:

Lately I’ve been looking back at how far I’ve come in accepting myself as I am, and  nearly every single negative thought I ever had about myself was about my body. But I am extremely glad to say that is very much less the case today. Even if I still have a few insecurities, it’s honestly nowhere near as bad, which is both good in the sense that I have overcome that, and awful seeing as I had to deal with it in the first place.

I spent 8th through 10th grade believing I had to become this great “before and after” story, that I had to change my body so that I could have a good future. 

I want to say that this is fucking bull shit.

This summer will be the first that I won’t be actively trying to lose weight, and I have to say, I feel free. I feel like I can be happy, free to do what I want. I won’t have to hesitate when someone asks me to go get ice cream or frozen yogurt; I won’t have to count every calorie that goes in to my body or spend an hour on the treadmill every morning. I’ll actually wear shorts when I leave the house, instead of waiting before I get smaller to even buy them. I won’t go to bed upset that I ate after 8pm. I won’t try to live off of celery and apples (and believe me, I tried.).

Instead, I can be happy. I can accept the fact that my body is fine. My body is worthy of clothing made for 100 degree weather. My body doesn’t serve as an invitation for ridicule or insecurities. 

Accepting my fat body is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.

That is all.

(Source: meestahcollins)

— 2 years ago with 6 notes