Announcements

A few things I’ve been meaning to mention…

1) The magazine that’s working on reproducing the BMI project is still actively looking for more women of color and women in their 40s and 50s to submit photos. If you fall into one or both of those categories, and either the overweight or obese BMI category, and are in good health (by your own definition), they would love to hear from you. Submission info is here.

2) If you’re a blogger who has an eating disorder or is in recovery from one, Rachel wants your input on a survey.

I’m collecting anonymous data for a study on the role blogging plays in eating disorder recovery. I want to hear from any active blogger – male or female – who suffers from any eating disorder and who are in any stage of recovery. Because of the lack of eating disorder specialists and the high costs of health care, you need not have an “official” diagnosis of an eating disorder to participate, as long as you feel your relationship with food and weight is self-destructive and mentally and physically unhealthy.

This study is done in partnership with Dr. Susie Mendelsohn, a clinical psychological specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, for publication and research purposes. The survey consists of 40 questions and may take some time to complete, depending on how detailed you are in your answers. Your participation in this study would be immensely helpful in our research. Thank you in advance.

3) A date’s been set for the 2008 NOLOSE conference: September 26-28. The conference is “for fat lesbians, dykes, bi-women, transfolks and queer allies.” NOLOSE is a pretty awesome organization (among many other things, they run the famous Fat Girl Flea Market), so please do check out more information on the conference.

14 thoughts on “Announcements

  1. Also please note that the NOLOSE conference is in Northampton, MA, one of the best towns in the United States. So if you’re mulling about whether you should go, you should go.

  2. Thanks for the survey mention. I have gotten 177 responses thus far, which is awesome. If our conference proposal is accepted, our materials are due by June, and I hope to have hundreds more responses by then. I’m particularly looking for more responses from adult women, men, and lesser known EDs like orthorexia and binge eating disorder.

  3. Oh God, Tori. The lyrics. They’re even worse than I could have imagined. Particularly “I’m a Hottie Now”:

    I spent years in misery
    ‘Cause everyone who looked at me
    Was thinking evil thoughts about my thighs

    No, honey. That’s called paranoia. Nobody else is thinking that much about you.

  4. I spent years in misery
    ‘Cause everyone who looked at me
    Was thinking evil thoughts about my thighs

    Didn’t Gilda Radner already parody this in back in 1977? (Remember “Goodbye Saccharin”?)

  5. Haha, I was approached also to review the Skinny Songs CD on my “diet and fitness blog” and took them up on it. I haven’t brought myself to actually listen to the songs just yet, but I plan to. I don’t think mine will be the sort of review they intended.

  6. haha Rachel, that might teach them to spam people huh?

    Probably not, but it will be funny, so yay.

  7. haven’t brought myself to actually listen to the songs just yet

    I went to the website and listened to the clips, because I feel personally affronted as a songwriter that this kind of schlockery is being paraded around a if it is actual Music, and not horrid high school poetry being sung along to over-produced karaoke tapes. (Plus I’m a little bitter that this kind of bullshit gets on Oprah, when so many amazing musicians struggle in total obscurity. By which I don’t *necessarily* mean myself.)

    This is some of the worst alleged music I’ve ever endured. It has all the soul of a Coke Machine, and includes some of the most trite lyrics I’ve ever seen that weren’t intended to be a joke. And that’s not even getting to the part where I think the message of said lyrics is stupid and then some.

  8. We listened to some of the clips on the website. The lyrics aside, my husband, the jazz musician who has boxfulls of music honors and trophies and went to college on a full music scholarship, says the music itself is hideous.

  9. Hey, this is completely off topic, but I hope you wonderful, clever people can help me out. Several months ago I read an essay on the value of anger here on the fatosphere, but I can’t remember where. IIRC, it talked about how anger can help us get important shit done.

    I’ve looked around, but there are a heck of a lot of blogs here now (yay!) Can anyone help me out?

  10. (Plus I’m a little bitter that this kind of bullshit gets on Oprah, when so many amazing musicians struggle in total obscurity. By which I don’t *necessarily* mean myself.)

    Oh, but you SHOULD mean yourself, woman.

  11. Rachel, I parodied the Skinny Jeans song from Skinny Songs back on kate’s post about it. Best I could do, but it wasn’t too bad. At least it was to good music (to the tune of Billie Jean) instead of that horrid skinny music on that CD. I can’t help but feel kind of sorry for the woman, though – seriously. The songs were just sad in several ways, as happy as she meant them to be. Only on the cusp of fresh weight loss could anyone write like that, and it’s…well sort of sad.

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