Archive for July, 2008

Another Book Meme

via Oro at Birch and Maple:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read.

3) Underline (or mark in a different color) the books you LOVE

4) Reprint this list in your blog.

The premise of this exercise is that the National Endowment for the Arts apparently believes that the average American has only read 6 books from the list below.

5) Strikethrough those you hated or couldn’t get through (my addition)

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Re-visiting Average-sized Privilege

In 2003 Tish at Fat Shadow (one of my fat acceptance heroes from way back, who sadly hasn’t blogged for some time) posted an ‘Average-sized Privilege list’. I had which forgotten about this gem until ding at Bitch Ph.D. asked if such a list existed. It does.

And by the way, Tish’s archives are full of well-reasoned, patient-yet-hard-hitting fat and size activism and are well worth spending some time reading or re-reading.

The list is after the fold.
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The Winner Takes It All

I went and saw Mamma Mia on the weekend, as I was in the mood for a pleasant bit of fluff. And it met expectations – a fun romp, with ABBA songs.

But what blew me away was Meryl Streep. Who knew she could actually sing? I mean, really sing? Do yourself a favour and watch her emotional performance of The Winner Takes It All. If anyone could make singing an ABBA song Oscar-worthy, Meryl has done it. Seriously.

Wisdom

From Michelle at Mouthfeel (who seems to be on a roll, lately):

Q: If I pursue weight loss, what is the most likely outcome, given past experience?

A: It would make me crazy, trigger disordered eating, and I’d eventually gain it back anyway.

Q: Am I more interested in being smaller, or feeling physically comfortable and better about myself?

A: The latter two. (Weight loss, in our culture, has become undeniably conflated with the pursuit of health and self-esteem, even though it is actually in diametric opposition to those things. That’s why it’s so insidious, and can be so seductive, even to people who have rejected it for years. Because who doesn’t want to feel good about their body? And who isn’t surrounded by the message that dieting will get them there?) When I actually was physically smaller and dieting, I got physically ill, and felt worse about myself. That’s what impelled me to find an alternative.

Q: So is there something I can do that will help me achieve those things, without the craziness and health risks of weight loss?

A: Yes. I can recommit to what I have learned about feeding myself well, and I can find enjoyable ways to move, visit a health professional to address any issues, and buy myself some new damn clothes.

Essentially, I can be nicer to myself, and turn up the self-care a notch. I can recommit to Health at Every Size.

A simple concept, one would think

Thank you, Kate Harding, you’ve nailed it down and driven it home:

Children’s bodies are not a problem for the government to solve.

It’s such a simple concept, isn’t it? So why is it so hard for the fuckers to grasp?

Let’s say it again, with emphasis:

Children’s bodies are not a problem for the government to solve.

Children’s bodies are not a problem for the government to solve.

Children’s bodies are not a problem for the government to solve.

Children’s bodies are not a fucking problem for the government to solve.

End of story.

By the way, if you haven’t already, go and read Junkfood Science’s take on the NSW Government’s Munch ‘n’ Move program (and as well as pretty much every thing Sandy has ever written.)


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