Recently Madame Noire Magazine asked the question WHY IS MELISSA MCCARTHY THE FACE OF BODY POSITIVITY AND NOT GABOUREY SIDIBE? It’s a fair question and I’m going to hazard my own guess. Melissa’s good fatty to Gabourey’s unapologetic fatty makes for better Hollywood stories. Society and the media love fat people as long as they’re… Continue reading Why Isn’t Gabourey Sidibe the Face of Body Positivity?
After it seemed that Winter would never end, Spring has finally arrived… YAY! With it comes the shedding of coats, jackets, sweater and all manners of clothing behind which bodies have been hidden. Unfortunately, with it also comes the body shaming. From Facebook posts, Instagram photos and endless articles on how to hide one’s “flaws”,… Continue reading It is Brave
I’ll make this short and sweet. It’s that time of the year again. After the merriment of the holidays, we’re bombarded with ads telling us that we need to change our bodies to become sexier, attractive and desirable. In other words, our current physiques aren’t acceptable… we need to reduce and mold them beginning on… Continue reading New Year, New You? Heck No!
As a fat woman, I’ve had my share of funny looks from strangers. I won’t ever say they don’t happen but they don’t happen often unless I’m blissfully unaware because, frankly, I don’t give a shit about what others think of me and my body. Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero, in her series Wait Watchers, set out… Continue reading Passing glances
In Disney’s movie, Bambi, cute bunny Thumper is prompted by his mother to recite a bit of advice she’s probably repeated to him time and again : “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all”. Although grammatically incorrect, it’s something every person has learned at one time or another: if you can’t… Continue reading If you can’t say something nice…
Rev Al Sharpton, Baptist minister as well as a civil rights and social activist, has been in the news recently due to the murders of unarmed black men, and resulting racial tensions, in New York City and Ferguson, MO. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is because of an article from… Continue reading Sharpton’s a big (formerly fat) hypocrite
Yesterday Jeanne Phillips, aka Dear Abby, posted a letter from a young woman (who’s comfortable in her fat body but whose mother has a problem with it) along with her response: DEAR ABBY: I’m a 24-year-old plus-sized woman (60 or 70 pounds overweight), but very comfortable in my own skin. When swimming in public, I… Continue reading Not-so-dear Abby