Some stuff people have sent in recently…
1) My friend Spillah asks, “Will you please blog or rant or something?” about the name of City Harvest’s fundraising initiative, “Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger.” How ’bout I just put that out there and let the Shapelings break down all the wrong?
2) A couple of Shapelings have sent this one in: Exercise-heart study casts doubt on fit but fat theory. Short version: women who were fat and exercised still had a greater heart disease risk than women who were thin and exercised. Problem #1: As Steven Blair points out in the article, the data was self-reported, so who knows if the women in the “active” category were actually meeting the requirements for that designation. Problem #2: Even if it’s true, HOW DO YOU PROPOSE TO GET THOSE WOMEN PERMANENTLY THINNER? For fuck’s sake, I am so sick of study after study telling me teh fatz is gonna kill me, without acknowledging that there is still no safe way to get rid of large amounts of weight permanently that’s proven to work for more than a tiny percentage of the population.
3) Speaking of ways that don’t work permanently, Shapeling Lauren wants to talk about Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp, in which former ANTM “plus-size” model Toccara Jones is participating. Lauren writes:
She used to be really into loving her body the way it was, believing she was beautiful, and being a great role model. However, after her two seasons on Fit Club and being pummeled by the message that losing weight=making her more healthy, she’s converted. But the thing that was most disturbing about the finale, aside from the fact that one entire team ate only chicken, black coffee, and water for a week in order to win, was that she and the nutritionist freaked out and made a HUGE deal of the fact that she now has a healthy BMI. There was jumping, and screaming, and applause.
Barf. Anybody else watching this? Rant away in the comments.
For those that don’t know, this flick covers the beauty industry, the ad industry, the modeling industry, dieting and eating disorders, plastic surgery….it’s broad-ranging and intense and overwhelming and impactful and really well done. I recommend it for anyone and everyone.
That sounds so cool, I’ll even let her get away with using the word “impactful.” Just this once.
5) And finally, Monif C. has released a new line of swimwear that is really, really not my cup of tea, but it does remind me that summer’s coming to this side of the world soon, and if Fatshionista has taught me anything, it’s that there can never be too many discussions of plus-size swimwear. Personally, I always look everywhere and then inevitably return to Land’s End. (Don’t forget to check the overstocks.) I did get a Pool-Pruf suit from Junonia wicked on sale a while back, though, and that’s great for water aerobics, which is my new love.
Tell us about your favorite suits, Shapelings. Or anything else you feel like talking about.