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American Apparel's Next XL Top Model

Nancy’s tumblr (called extra wiggle room in response to AA’s message to women who “need a little extra wiggle room where it counts”) is full of photos of her posing in various levels of dress with various levels of dressing... Read more »

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Pop culture’s image ideals for men come with their own complications and double standards, which are worth addressing as thoroughly as those leveled toward women. Just as Western female beauty ideals are modeled around straight, white women, Western male beauty standards worship at the altar... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Southwest Airlines

When I heard that Southwest had done something appalling, my first thought was, “Again?” Read more »

On Our Radar

Great links to keep you busy this weekend! The Rotund reports on Fat Ladies in Spaaaaaaaaace: A Body Positive Coloring Book. Someone get this for me please! Leticia St. Remy at Xhibit P compares the... Read more »

Sexual Inadequacy: Body Shame and Sexy Fat

I started rounding up my weight, started posting pictures of myself displaying my less photogenic qualities—if I was going to get rejected, it was going to be right at the start. Every time I’d meet a man in real life that I found attractive I would reject him immediately. “Nice try, sexy... Read more »

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The disdain in many comments on street harassment is palpable and the message they hold is clear: if you’re a girl or woman who likes receiving overt sexual attention from men and boys in public, it’s because you lack the self-respect necessary to throw off the confines of external... Read more »

Fuze Wants to Be in Your Club

This commercial campaign leaves me conFUZEd. Read on for discussion of genderless fruit, fat-shaming and the marketing of rebellion. Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Oprah's Final Weigh-in on Weight

I expected at least one voice representing fat acceptance to be present during this final OWS episode on weight. But it wasn’t. Which makes the whole freaking public journey seem for naught. Read more »

Sex and the Fat Girl: Basking in the Afterglow

This column has come to an end! I hope what we discussed helped you learn to love yourself a bit more. And, of course, I hope it made you think a bit and challenge assumptions about fat sexuality and societal beauty standards. My goal is to enlighten and deconstruct, to help fat women empower... Read more »

Sex and the Fat Girl: Interview with "Fat Bitch!" Creator Erica Watson

  I had the pleasure of attending the April 30 performance of Erica Watson's “Fat Bitch!” The show incisively cut through the societal baggage attached to being a fat woman using humor (hilariously!) and personal anecdotes. The finale video is something I hope everyone eventually gets to... Read more »

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