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When weight stigma causes brain drain

July 14, 2014

Halfway-There

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An article by Rachel Fox titled “Too fat to be a scientist?” has been percolating in the back of my mind ever since I read it last month. I’ve been thinking about this accomplished woman, who has a B.A. in biology from a prestigious university, and is leaving her field of choice because of the way she’s treated as a fat woman. Read more…

Douche Shaming —

July 11, 2014

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Trigger warning: Idiotic asshole columnist with major personal issues pontificates about fatties, eating disorders and the power of negative thinking.

Today, I read an article so awful that I’m going to do something I haven’t done since Alec Baldwin wrote his rambling screed on fatties I’m going to respond to an entire article word for word because the idiocy is so entrenched that I can’t do it justice by extracting a single paragraph to represent the ugliness of spirit behind it. I’m not lining to the article itself because I don’t want to give its author a single click. Same with the other articles she has written which I will cite in my response. Clicks are currency, and I’m not spending any of mine on this waste of carbon.

The article rain the the UK’s Daily Mail. For those Stateside unfamiliar, Daily Mail is to journalism as The Learning Channel is to actually learning anything.

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Freeze Yo Body

July 9, 2014

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Trigger warning: Weight loss idiocy.

Welcome to today’s addition of Snake Oil Inc., where we lovingly sell you the best medical care your money can by. This week, there’s a brand new way to screw up your body! er, I mean “lose weight.” Do you like the cold? Do you like water? Then you will love this: CoolSculpting! Read more…

The Duality of Visibility

July 8, 2014

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The past couple of months have been busy for me. The last couple of weeks have been downright hectic. I’ve been active with the two meetup groups that I run, as well as others that I’m a part of; I’ve been out and about in the dating scene; I’ve been trying to wrangle new models for my Fat Naked Art Project; I’m working with the brand new local LGBT center on creating a queer fat positive space; I’m working on a talk for Ragen Chastain’s Fat Activism Conference that I’ll be a part of in August; and I’ve just generally enjoying the holiday with my partners and family.

On the Fourth of July, I rocked a bikini at the lake, did something horrible to my foot, which has me basically unable to walk right now, and enjoyed the fireworks (despite one building obscuring them. Grrr.). So yeah, a busy bee I have been. I’ve barely had time to think about fat activism or fat politics, although I’ve continued talking to people about fat issues.

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Why would you do that?

July 7, 2014

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Rapier fighting, medieval style.

Rapier fighting, renaissance style.

Trigger warning: Diet talk, weight loss surgery talk

My husband, Conall, is an ally in my self-acceptance. He has never once bugged me about my weight. Back when I was still on the diet roller coaster, he accepted my attempts at losing weight as my choice, but he’s always loved me at whatever weight I’ve been.

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Chicken in Lemon Sauce and Rosemary Oven-Roasted Potatoes

July 4, 2014

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The Fourth of July is a great day for all sorts of fun, and usually includes grilling.  I mean, what better way to celebrate Independence Day (AKA middle of the summer holiday that many people have off Grilled Meat & Vegetableswork) than by setting fire to some meat?

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Flying Monkeys —

July 3, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss product and before and after photos.

Last week, I spent so much time gloating over the public humiliation of Dr. Oz that I ran out of space to share an interesting connection between that hearing and a recent interview I conducted. In John Oliver’s take down of the unsubstantiated supplements, he pointed out that Oz is just a symptom of the problem. “The disease is that dietary supplements in the U.S. are shockingly unregulated.”

I agree, but I’m not quite ready to let Dr. Oz off the hook that easily. Yes, a dysfunctional regulatory system is to blame for the profitability of sham supplements, but Dr. Oz has been the mouthpiece for a million “miracles,” and when he promotes acai berry or yacon syrup or raspberry ketones or garcinia cambogia, he’s basically setting up supplement manufacturers to prey on those desperate enough to believe him.

Like the Wicked Witch, whether he intends to or not, Dr. Oz dispatches his minions to sew chaos and confusion among consumers every time he sings the “belly busting” properties of one superfood or another.

Oz and Monkey

“Yeeeeesss, I see a big market for powdered rhinoceros taint. Fly my pretties!”

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