365 Ways of Feminism - Day 338
You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”. — Erin McKean, You Don’t Have to be Pretty (via hollabackboston)
People Don Their Skivvies to Push for Body Diversity at Victoria's Secret -
JEZEBEL, Laura Beck
Last weekend, a group of San Francisco body positive activists wore their Sunday best undergarments, and stood proud and tall (and short) (and skinny) (and fat) in front of a Victoria’s Secret store. Their message? Love your body, even in the face of the photoshopped-to-hell-and-back photos we see in the media.
The group says they specifically sought out Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch because they “refuse to include more diverse bodies in their clothing design and/or advertisements.”
Hmm… maybe those companies could take a page out of Debenhams’ extra rad look book? Not only are they no longer photoshopping their models, they’re also casting a diverse array of models. You know, the types of people who actually wear their clothes. Crazy, I know.
(Source: lesleypowers, via sunshinecharlei)
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A Stranger's Body Is Not Yours to Judge, Internet! -
Rebecca of XoJane sounds off on the fat-shaming, needlessly obnoxious internet meme - “Plus Sized Swimsuit Model Meme.”
She notes that it’s not in reworking the cruel captions and “taking back” the meme from our computer screens that we can combat this negativity; It is in leading compassionate, body- positive lives with one another:
“It’s hard not to “take back” this meme. It’s hard not to flood the internet with the same photo, only this time captioned simply as: human, beautiful, woman, model, etc. It’s hard, but I think it’s important not to. Instead I think the real power comes in our face to face interactions with each other, in treating each other well, in making it clear that our bodies are not available for judgement at the hands of others, or ourselves.”
(Source: lacigreen, via lacigreen)
Melissa McCarthy Responds to Rex Reed's Fat-Shaming Bullshit -
Lindy West, JEZEBEL:
Remember back in February when the New York Observer’s Rex Reed called Melissa McCarthy a “tractor-sized” “obese” “hippo” in his review of Identity Thief? You know, because “film criticism”? Well, McCarthy has finally responded and, of course, her attitude is fucking great.
In a soft voice, McCarthy said her initial reaction to the piece was “Really?” She then asked, “Why would someone O.K. that?”
Taking the high road, McCarthy added, “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
Yo Let's Put These Quotes On The Cover Of Cosmo -
BODY POSITIVE CELEBRITIES FTW!
The Big Idea #4: Eve Ensler - The Rumpus.net -
Suzanne Koven interviews writer and activist Even Ensler, best known as the author of The Vagina Monologues, about her new memoir In The Body of The World. The new book is the story of her cancer, but also of her art and her activism and of the project now closest to her heart: City of Joy, a haven and school in the Congo, for women recovering from rape and other trauma.
Read the full interview here!
'We have a moral obligation to ban the airbrush': Debenhams vows not to retouch model shots... and calls on others to follow suit -
The airbrush backlash is now well underway as Debenhams announces a ban on all retouched lingerie model shots. The store ‘wants to help customers feel confident about their figures’.
(Source: embracefreespo, via lacigreen)