Is it or isn’t it all about that bass?

There’s a song doing the rounds on T’Interweb at the moment – Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’. It’s cute, it’s catchy, and it’s being held up as an anthem to body acceptance. But, while Trainor is all about accepting curvier bodies, she does it at the expense of the less-curvaceously blessed. The wonderful Jenny…

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When fat people are fat in public

A few days ago, Linda Kelsey wrote a fat-hating diatribe in the Daily Mail, in which she railed against the horrors of fat people being fat in public, and wearing, you know, clothes and shit. I won’t link to it. And I’m also not going to write another response – the Fatosphere has already produced…

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CropTopGate and why beauty is irrelevant

A few days ago, activist Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) was featured in a local magazine, taking a break from national television! The story was well handled and it was accompanied by a lovely photograph. But she felt there was something odd about the photo. Then she realised what it was. They had photoshopped her crop top…

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Ballet, Bodies, and Basement Jaxx

This evening I went to a performance of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance: Rock the Ballet (video link). The term ‘rock’ was used somewhat loosely, but six male and one female dancers performed to a range of popular music. All were clearly classically trained, and what they could do with their bodies was truly…

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iFat. Or self-flagellation 101

Content note: Contains description of body shaming weight loss mobile apps and an ironic mention of weight-loss surgery One of the presentations at this week’s Weight Stigma Conference was entitled ‘Digitising Fat – Digital technologies, Embodiment and the Governance of Fat?’ by Dr Emma Rich. She talked about the rise in mHealth – the use of…

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Loving my body: a work in progress

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of circumnavigating London on an open-top bus with the inimitable Dr Deb Burgard. We’ve been having a bit of a heatwave this week, at least by UK standards, and I found myself hot, sticky, and rather uncomfortable. Oh, and grumpy (sorry, hubby). I’ve written before about dressing for the…

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Is banning ‘body talk’ the way to go?

Yesterday, the NY Times ran a story about how some summer camps are banning body talk. Fat talk, skinny talk, no insults, no compliments. No. Body. Talk. I’m not going to talk about the article itself, you can read it. I’d like to talk about some of the comments. Mostly, they fell into two camps.…

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I don’t want to talk about it

What to write about when you don’t want to write about anything? I don’t want to write about the piece in a UK newspaper asking whether surgeons are selling weight-loss surgery without being honest about the risks (and benefits). Simple answer: yes. But they let the obnoxious, data-inventing, fat-hating Tam Fry have the last, fat…

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Public support for anti-weight stigma and eating disorder policies: new study

Since I have to read a lot of published papers for my studies, and since some of them are quite interesting, I think I’ll use some of my daily blogs to write about them. I hope you find them interesting too. The one I’m writing about today was just published and is freely available, so…

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Can I love my body and still wear Spanx?

(Note: a shorter version of this post originally appeared in SLiNK magazine) As plus-size women, things have never been better for us when it comes to fashion. Gone are the days when the only things that fit were dark-coloured tent-like smocks hidden in the dusty back corners of BHS. Now, designers are starting to cater…

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