I wanted to write a little disclaimer post re: The Fashion Revolution (x)
I know I inadvertantly pissed off a few tall ladies and I wanted to apologise.
I will admit that this particular blogger is 5ft 4 and a size 16-18-20ish so more than the fair share of posts will be skewed towards short and plus-sized body positivity (though I always strive to find representation of as many body types as possible) as that is what I have most experience in (and also because - having kicked a severe thinspo-addiction in the butt - I struggle occasionally with writing objectively and peacefully about bodies I have had to train myself not to want for myself. Please forgive me - I still think you are totally gorgeous and lovely).
When I wrote “Try making your clothes for someone who isn’t six foot tall and a size 6.” I perhaps didn’t use the best wording.
I know that finding clothing for ANY body type outside ‘Miss Average-Medium-Everything 2013’ (and even for her, not always) can be a major struggle.
The meaning I intended to convey was not so much that clothing is widely available for the tall and thin, but that we are shown such an overwhelming mass of images of clothes on such figures that that image becomes the norm, and so the exact same clothes on anyone of different height, size, colour, gender, etc. looks ‘wrong’. It is THAT that I am fighting against.
I hope that clears things up a bit, and again, sorry if I’ve upset anyone.
Asked by curvefollower
Google image search is showing it as the cover of a book called ‘The Little Giant of Aberdeen County’ by Tiffany Baker, and someone has then photoshopped the picture to remove the words, I’m sorry I don’t know who!
“We’re all made up of stardust.”
It’s not just a line of poetry
Every element on earth was once formed in the heart of a star
Every atom in me was once starlight
Every atom in you was once at the core
of the great nuclear process of the universe
Remember the greatness inside you.
The same atoms forged deep inside the stars now forge you.
And if you are bigger
if your body is large and takes up space
if you are round with fat
All it means is that you have more stardust in you.
If you’re finding it impossible to get out of a negative-body-image-mindfuck (and don’t worry, it happens to us all) why not try and make it work for you? Look at as many bodies as you can and focus on just how ridiculous bodies actually are.
We’ve got weird round bits that look at stuff and sticky out smeller things and flappy noise-listeners and holes full of spiky bits that we put food into and that noise comes out of.
We’ve got a weird stalk to hold the sensory-thinky-ball on and a big lumpy bit that keeps all the important stuff in.
We’ve got long dangly bits for moving us about and more flaps with weird stringy bits that we use to move other stuff around with.
We’ve got all SORTS of crazy inny outy stuff that we use to make more of us with and other lumps that make our eyes happy and make us want to do the inny outy babymaking stuff.
We’ve got weird squishy stuff to store our energy in and a big bag that keeps everything all in one place.
We’re full of tubes and squeezy bits and solid things that make the whole thing work and really….
Is it any wonder that we have a hard time sometimes thinking it all looks nice?
Bodies are really completely bizarre things.
And what’s not to love about that?
Running does not belong to the sporty, to the athletic, to the olympiads.
You can run to the bus. You can run to meet your friends. You can run downstairs to answer the door.
You do not have to use your body to compete, to be the best.
You do not have to be sporty to be fit.
You do not have to be a team player to be able to catch something.
You do not have to like football to have your health.
DO NOT LET ANYONE MAKE YOU THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU DONT DO SPORTS YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF USING YOUR BODY JUST HOW YOU WANT TO.
If you’re having one of those days where you cannot bear to look at your own body, or at other peoples bodies, and are finding it overwhelming then try and focus instead on the way your body moves through space.
Think about the energy you transfer to the ground as you walk. Think about the breeze you create as you run past someone. Think about the footsteps you leave in mud or sand. The water you displace as you splash in puddles. The air you warm as you breathe in and out.
Bodies do a lot of things that don’t require being looked at.
Hidden illnesses suck. They absolutely 100% suck.
But you don’t.
You are not your illness.
Of course you have a relationship with your illness. You might be recently acquainted or you may have grown up together. It might have had a sudden, dramatic impact on your life, or a slow, tedious one.
You might part ways some day, or you may need to live with each other.
But know this:
You may have had this illness all your life, but you are still allowed to think it sucks. You can go to the doctor and demand help, even if it’s the 100th time you’ve done so. Even if you never have before. You are allowed to want to get rid of it. It might be harder than non-ill people would understand. It might have defined you, or part of you, quite dramatically over your life. You you are allowed to at least try and break up with it.
You are allowed to fight against it.
And if you are lucky enough not to have such an illness please try not to say ‘but you look so healthy!’ or ‘at least its not x-y-z-etc.’
Someone may not be visibly bleeding or coughing or collapsing but that doesn’t mean their struggle is not real and you do not get to belittle it just because you can’t see it.
Large, pendulous breasts
The Venus Figurines
The most ancient statues we’ve ever found
The women our early ancestors thought should be honored through art
The women they thought were beautiful
Think about that
Fat has been beautiful
since the beginning of our time
Picture 1: Venus of Hohle Fels. Found in Schelklingen, Germany. Mammoth Tusk. Dated between 35,000 and 40,000 years old. Oldest example of figurative prehistoric art.
Picture 2: Venus of Dolni Vestonice. Found in the Moravian Basin of the Czech Republic. Ceramic. Between 29,000 and 25,000 years old.
Picture 3: Venus of Laussel. Found in Marquay, France. Limestone Bas-Relief. 25,000 years old.
Picture 4: Venus of Lespugue. Found in the cave of Lespugue, France. Mammoth Ivory. Between 26,000 and 24,000 years old.
Picture 5: Venus of Moravany. Found in Podkovica, Slovakia. Mammoth Ivory. 22,800 years old.
Picture 6: Venus of Willendorf. Found in Willendorf, Austria. Limestone. Between 24,000 and 22,0000 years old.
Asked by wovenbystripes
Absolutely acknowledged yes! Generally there are huge problems that come from the fashion industry making as many clothes as they can for the cheapest they can to sell for as much as they can. Rather than taking the time and effort to adapt designs for a variety of body shapes (unless you’re going to pay thousands and thousands for hand tailored couture) we get one dress designed for an ‘average’ body, which is inevitably hourglass, 5ft 7-9”, and on the thinner end of the size spectrum - and then everyone just has to put up with badly fitting clothes. It especially grates on me as I know here in the UK the average woman is 5ft 3, a size 16 and pear shaped!