June 26th, 1991… I got married in a black dress that was handed down by a friend who lost weight. I wouldn’t have dared wear a white dress not just because I was no longer a virgin (we already had our 2 kids by then) but because black was slimming and flattering and I had… Continue reading All Dressed in Black
You may have heard about the backlash against Lane Bryant’s new #PlusIsEqual campaign because of its lack of size diversity (again!). You may have also heard about the backlash against the backlash. Madeline Jones, editor of Plus Model Magazine, posted a video where she posed a question: If we’re so angered by LB, why is… Continue reading A Different Conversation
So this happened today: On my way to work, a man yelled at me “Holy shit, you’re so FAT!” I smiled at him and replied “Yes, I am and thank you for noticing. You’re so sweet!” My reaction was apparently not what he expected because he appeared confused and muttered something that sounded like “buy… Continue reading Not Without My Consent
(photo courtesy of Roaman’s) Roman’s is an online plus size online retailer that I frequent; I also follow their page on Facebook to get information on new styles and upcoming sales. I’m not thrilled that they use smaller models and it’s difficult to determine how an outfit will look on me but that’s a post… Continue reading It’s My Body and I’ll Wear Stripes if I Want To
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
A few days ago a woman named Mel Fraser noticed the mannequin pictured above while passing by a UK fashion store, Primark. She tweeted a photo of the mannequin with the following: “Dear Primark, is it really necessary that these new mannequins have protruding ribs? And before I get anyone saying I’m skinny bashing, I’m… Continue reading The “Too Thin” Mannequin
Yesterday, there was an article on HuffPost about strangers who make comments or rude noises to women who eat in public and how it’s “the insidious type of street harassment no one is talking about. The piece reminded me of a day, 32 years ago, when I worked as a waitress at a restaurant called… Continue reading Should You Be Eating That?