Archive | April, 2010

In Defense of Silicone

You may be wondering why I, a fat black chick, spend time championing the cause of (mostly) rich white women who choose to have plastic surgery. It’s not because I disagree with the point that the choice to alter your body surgically can be informed by internalization of societal beauty standards. It’s also not because […]

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Chipping Away at Choice

Anti-choice activists scored big on Tuesday when the Oklahoma Legislature voted to override the OK governor’s veto on two abortion bills. One of the bills is particularly blatant in its ploy to shame women into not choosing an abortion — it requires women to have an ultrasound, be shown the extremities, heart and organs of […]

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The Kate Hudson Debacle, or Why Feminism is for White Women Again

[This article previously appeared on the other blog I contribute to, I Fry Mine in Butter] Lately, the definition of the word “feminist” has become somewhat vague. With so many women fleeing from the term, whether because they don’t feel represented by it or because they fear its perceived negative connotations, the relevance of referring […]

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April’s Not Too Early For September

If the profile featured in The September Issue of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, is supposed to frame her as a cold-hearted, semi-sadistic bitch similar to the character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, it doesn’t do a very good job. In fact, I found myself admiring and even liking Ms. Wintour. She is […]

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Link Love Friday

I apologize for the dearth of posts this week. It’s my first week back at my day job and I’ve been focusing on keeping my soul from dying (I work an office job at a lawyer’s office). I’ve found lots of great links for you this week, though. ♥ The Cut comments on popular straight […]

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Where My Sistas At? The Underrepresentation of Black Plus Size Models in Mainstream Fashion

Something is lacking in the current push to include plus-size models in mainstream fashion publications (or “separate-but-equal” media outlets such as Vogue Italia’s “Vogue Curvy”). What’s lacking, specifically in the fashion establishment but less so in the satellite world of “fatshion” blogging, is representation of models/women of color. I want to speak specifically about black […]

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Friday I’m in (Link) Love

Threadbared has a really toothsome post up about “carceral chic”, inspired by Calvin Klein’s S/S preview show at a decommissioned Singapore prison. Remember when models were women and not children? Well apparently “older is the new black“, as evidenced by the presence of models older than 14 on the runways this season. Coco Rocha not […]

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Total Body Conditioning

I want to touch on something that’s been bothering me about the new fat acceptance movement (and I say new because I and others have been talking about this shit since the 90s): conformity. Some people seem to think that being honest about their feelings regarding their body is a no-no. Part of accepting yourself […]

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Writing Under The Influence

Well, I made it out of my surgery alive but pretty sore and bruised. Seriously, y’all, it feels like someone went toe-to-toe with my abdomen and my abdomen lost big time. So I’m on pain medication at the moment, which will hopefully not totally prevent me from being able to do all the writing I […]

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Link Love

I’m having gallbladder surgery on Friday and I have a bunch of stuff at work to do so I’m probably going to be out until around Sunday, after I stop being so groggy from the anesthesia and am able to write again. But — I will be home recovering all week next week so I’ll […]

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