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In a world of Photoshop mania, beauty products galore and an onslaught of sexualized celebrity images, it is very difficult to look at one’s self and feel 100% confident. We, the regular folks, have bodies riddled with scars, stretch marks and other such "flaws." Our culture constantly informs us we aren’t supposed to have them, that our scars are gross despite the struggles they represent, and our stretch marks are proof we are fat rather than human ... Read More
Writing good poetry requires talent, but being able to deliver at Poetry Slams and bring people to tears is another thing entirely. A performance done by a woman named Samantha Peterson called “Dead Men Can’t Catcall” is floating around the web right now among my friends. After hearing the title, I knew I had to watch and share it. She performed this piece at CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational) this year at Finals. During her ... Read More
I Am Divine (directed by Jeffrey Schwarz) documents the true larger-than-life story of Divine, the three-hundred-pound drag trailblazer and star of many well-known John Waters films, such as Hairspray and Female Trouble. A fashion godsend and pre-punk muse, Divine bent gender and social norms to play some of the most inspirational queer roles of all time. The documentary features insightful personal interviews ... Read More
The death of the actor James Gandolfini has raised an unexpected debate on weight. Sizeism, fat-shaming, and body acceptance are hot topics today, and can be found anywhere from feminist publications to health magazines to major news networks. As much as we love that these issues are being addressed, there is one major aspect that is largely being ignored: the focus on female body acceptance and ignorance of male weight stigma. Certainly there are many reasons for ... Read More
  Ladies – it’s time to celebrate. We are close to achieving a society in which women are no longer judged by their waistline or the number on the scale. A society in which young girls never, ever diet. A society in which fat ladies star on hit TV shows. Or so the New York Times seems to think. In a ridiculous article titled “Women On TV Step Off The Scale,” New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley argues that “Self-acceptance ... Read More
  An awesome local news anchor from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Jennifer Livingston, fired back after receiving an email from a man criticizing her appearance.  The author admitted to not even being an avid viewer of the news program, but for some reason felt compelled to send her an email bashing her body.  In his email, very unfortunately and idiotically titled ‘Community responsibility’, he called her obese and even went so far as to say, ... Read More
 Former Bust cover gal and pipe belting  extraordinaire Beth Ditto is bringing a coat of a different color ( and size!) to a closet near you. Made famous for her in your face, electric and kooky stage presence as front woman for dance punk band The Gossip, Ditto proves that she can work the runway just as good as the dance floor.  This week, the collection consisting of 21 pieces featuring skirts,dresses, tops, and even a jacket hit UK based retailer ... Read More