2. It’s not as good as Harriet’s I Love My Body Pledge, but Seventeen is pushing a “Body Peace Treaty” that’s at least getting a wider audience. Too bad about the rest of the goddamned magazine. (Via reader Natalie.)
3. Holy crap, it’s an article in a British publication that talks some sense about the fat panic and only includes one obnoxious, wrongheaded line! You mean, the UK is NOT actually about to sink into the Atlantic under the weight of all those intransigent tubbos? Get outta town!
4. Well Rounded Type 2’s Mission Statement Match-up Game. Can you guess which mission statements are from fat-positive orgs, and which are from anti-obesity crusaders? The line’s awfully blurry.
And finally… drumroll… the moment most of you didn’t know you’ve all been waiting for…
Lesley, a.k.a. mod extraordinaire “theoryofgravity” over at the LJ community, has been working her fat butt off to get the site ready for public consumption. It currently features a group blog (to which Fillyjonk, Heidi, Marianne “The Rotund” Kirby, and I will all be contributing, among other fabulous fatshionistas) and online plus store reviews (to which I’ve been furiously contributing for the last couple days — turns out I do a LOT of shopping). More fun shit will be added as Lesley’s schedule permits.
The About page over there says it all, so I’m just gonna quote liberally from it:
In December of 2004, Fatshionista was founded by Amanda Piasecki as a community on LiveJournal , with this mandate: “Welcome, fatshionistas! Here we will discuss the ins and outs of fat fashions, seriously and stupidly — but above all — standing tall, and with panache. We fatshionistas are self-accepting despite The Man’s Saipan-made boot at our chubby, elegant throats. We are silly, and serious, and want shit to fit.”
Functioning as a broadly inclusive (and occasionally contentious) space for discussing the intersections of fat politics and fat fashions, Fatshionista’s LiveJournal community has since grown to include over 2500 members. Fatshionista.com is intended as an extension of that community, meant to recapture the best of the LiveJournal content by presenting smart writing on fat and by engaging a broader web-based community of Fatshionistas to educate themselves, deconstruct cultural assumptions, and demand respect for their choices and their bodies, as well as fabulous clothing that is well-made, well-fitted, and widely accessible. Fatshionistas are fat, and loud, and not sorry.
So get your chubby, elegant throats on over there and say something in the comments, or add a review of your favorite online fat store. As the commentariat here demonstrates every day, a site is only as awesome as its readers. Go help make Fatshionista.com as cool as this place.