I don’t know if you guys have posted anything like this before, and if you don’t want to, that’s okay. It’s not exactly thin privilege (except, well, it’s such an infinitesimal part of music…so like anything in media really, thin privilege is having the majority of media celebrate your body type)….
Sir Mix-a-lot is pretty fat phobic… The following is a quote from the article.
I’m writing a story about young guys who like fat women, who prefer fat women, and your song keeps coming up.
That’s funny because that’s not what the song is talking about. It cracks me up. I’ve seen girls that look like me and been like, “Ohhhhh, I’m Baby’s got Back!” And I’m like, “No, no, no, no.” It wasn’t “Baby Got Back and Center, and Middle, and Front.” You know?
And from that same interview (emphasis mine):
“It’s not that you don’t love a girl that’s heavy-set, that’s not what I’m saying. I just think that some people confuse the ideal. I get into that a lot, when [people are] like, “Well, isn’t that what you like?” And I’m like, “Dude, I can fall in love with any woman. But if we’re being strictly shallow here, I’d have to say it’s the coke bottle.”
Reblogging for important followup comments.
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist."
A report from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, found that transgender people faced double the rate of unemployment of the general population, with 63 percent of the transgender people surveyed reporting they experienced a serious act of discrimination that majorly affected their ability to sustain themselves. These numbers are even worse for trans people of color, especially trans women of color, the deaths of whom have been deemed a “state of emergency.”
Trans women have been saddled with the responsibility of taking on trans-exclusionary feminists for far too long—but it’s not their issue to deal with alone.
Read: It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women by Tina Vasquez at BitchMedia.org. Type illustrations by Michelle Leigh.
— Brianna Wiest, You Have To Be Kindest To Yourself When It Seems Least Deserved. (via ac-z)
— bell hooks, all about love: new visions (via calmingcalamity)
SometimesBeautiful empowers and redefines, both physically and cerebrally, the perception of beauty.
I wrote a chapter for this book almost 2 years ago and they are finally at the point where they are trying to get it published. It will be an awesome fat positive art book.
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So Amanda Levitt of Fat Body Politics ALSO contributed to Sometimes Beautiful, and you should all know how amazing she is by now. Seriously guys, everyone please go donate whatever you can. It is such a great project and a wonderful way to support fat positive artists and activists. Fair warning, I’ll probably be reblogging/reminding people about this frequently for the duration of the kickstarter.
does anyone else ever get really stressed over assignments and know that you should be doing them but you feel like you physically can’t stop procrastinating and that just stresses you out even more or is that just me
Science, Mr. White
I’m a HUGE Jeopardy fan (shut up) and I’ve loved watching Arthur Chu kick the game’s ass. He’s absolutely on the mark about all this stuff.
And it always comes down to white people favor whiteness over competence, then turn around and say everyone else needs to work harder if they want to get rewarded for their efforts…
As Jenny Yang and Angry Asian Man have been saying….CHU ON THIS!
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