You Are Not Body Positive If…

Here’s the thing, a lot of people focus on the sentence, “body positivity is for everyone” and then completely drop any critical analysis around what being body positive means. So I’ve written a post about 6 things that I have seen in the bopo community that aren’t body positive at all. In fact, some of these things are downright oppressive. I talk about the ways the movement can be racist, ableist and more. So if you really want to be body positive, make sure you never do any of these six things. Continue reading “You Are Not Body Positive If…”

Can Shapewear Be Body Positive?

Can shapewear be body positive? I know some of you have already decided that you know the answer and don’t need to read this, but hear me out for a second. Isn’t the desire to stop wearing shapewear exactly why body positivity was created, or at least one of the reasons why? Wearing it can’t possibly be body positive right? But is it really that simple? Given the body positive movement is so closely associated with feminism we need to prioritize freedom of choice for all people, but especially for marginalized people. We need to ensure that all women are allowed to make all the choices they want. So while for some, body positivity may mean ditching shapewear, for others it may mean giving it a try for the first time. Still, hanging this complex issue on the choice argument is not good enough. We need to look deeper than that.

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Why I Don’t Want To Be A Plus Model

I’m serious, I don’t. Want to be a plus model that is. You may not already be aware of this, but, many fatshion bloggers and even body positive activists have an end goal of becoming a plus size model. In a few rare cases, it has actually become reality. Regardless, it isn’t a goal of mine and here’s why.  Continue reading “Why I Don’t Want To Be A Plus Model”

7 Ways Fatshion Blogging Is Activism

You may have noticed that I’ve slowly moved away from having a strictly body positive blog and that I have been embracing fatshion blogging. The reason why is worthy of its very own blog post so I won’t get into that here, but what I do what to address are the ways fatshion blogging is body positive activism. I’ve noticed a certain amount of exclusion in the body positive community, and one of the groups that seems to be excluded is fatshion bloggers. Many of the most popular mainstream body positive activists don’t follow or promote fatshion bloggers, and yet many of us repost them and their photos regularly. I have a problem with this because I think it is yet another example of the body positive movement being watered down and not respecting or even acknowledging its roots.  Continue reading “7 Ways Fatshion Blogging Is Activism”

Why I Marched On Washington

As a survivor of sexual violence and emotional abuse from a narcissist as a child, Donald Trump (I’m not ever going to call him by that title) makes me feel physically sick to my stomach. I’m not being hyperbolic here when I saw the video of him stepping out of the car at the White House yesterday I felt nauseated. I felt the same way when I heard his comments to Billy Bush and when I saw him leering over Hillary’s shoulder in the debates. I felt it every time he interrupted a woman who was speaking and I felt it every time he projected his own behaviour onto his competitor. So much of his misogynistic and abusive behaviour was familiar and therefore triggering for me. I know I’m not alone.

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Requiring Calories on Menus is Dangerous

As of January 1, 2017, restaurants in Ontario, Canada are required by law to list the calorie counts for all food and drink items they serve. Technically, this only applies to companies with more than 20 locations so it doesn’t impact small businesses but does change the way things look at Starbucks, Montanas, and Mr. Sub, for example. Information has to be included on restaurant menus, smartphone apps, and on both in-store and drive-thru menu boards. They are also required to be able to provide the sodium percentage if asked, but it is not required to be listed prominently and as a result, most are not doing so. The goal of this legislation is to reduce “the childhood obesity epidemic” and improve overall health even though the evidence says the change that will come as a result is minimal at best. It is a particularly ironic reason for enacting legislation given how few food choices children actually make for themselves. In fact, they say that only people who already pay close attention to nutritional information will use these postings in the long run. Others will be shocked at first and may change their behaviour initially but will quickly choose to ignore the numbers. Therefore, those who are most likely to use this calorie information are those who are struggling with an eating disorder. That’s incredibly dangerous if you ask me. We are putting people’s lives on the line in the name of fat shaming. Continue reading “Requiring Calories on Menus is Dangerous”

The Most Body Positive Ad Campaign Ever!

Yep, I know, that’s a huge title but I honestly feel that this one brand is completely deserving of being awarded for the best body positive campaign ever! I say this for a few reasons. First, they have already done two full photo shoots and resulting advertisements for this new campaign. They have shown a strong commitment to keeping their ads body positive and inclusive moving forward. They promised the first one wouldn’t be a one off and they have actually stayed true to their word. Second, the brand has always worked with diverse models and a wide range of bloggers, myself included, so this move to include real women seems natural and not forced as it does with so many other brands.  Continue reading “The Most Body Positive Ad Campaign Ever!”

“The Feminist Activity Book” Review

The Feminist Activity Book is the perfect self-care solution to spending a day filtering through comments on your recent activist blog post. Colour away your frustrations with cishet men who insist on mansplaining your field of work to you. Design some impractical and maybe even painful condoms for those online misogynists and cyber bullies who make being a marginalized person with the internet particularly infuriating. Add songs to your very own feminist playlist, complete with some kickass inspiration to get your dance party started. Riddles, bingo, word searches, and conversation starter cards are all featured in this book, making it the perfect companion for any intersectional feminist. That’s why I am so excited to be able to give away one copy of The Feminist Activity Book and two others from Seal Press in my blog-anniversary contest that launched this week. Continue reading ““The Feminist Activity Book” Review”

3 Reasons I Am Okay With You Calling Me Fat

The title of this article alone is enough to strike fear in so many people that I am sure some of you are reading this post just to see if I have lost my mind. As a culture, we have been taught that being fat is a bad thing and that calling someone fat is never okay. It’s an insult that has been used to silence many so we avoid using it and choose euphemisms for the word instead, words like plus size, thick, and curvy. How many of us share the experience of being called a “fat bitch”, regardless of our weight at the time? I hear that comment at my current size 16 and I heard it when I was a size zero. I’m sure I’m not alone in my experience with fatphobic harassment. So why am I now okay with being called a term our society has deemed so offensive? I have three reasons. Continue reading “3 Reasons I Am Okay With You Calling Me Fat”

Can A Feminist Love Corsets?

Can a feminist love corsets? Does saying yes, make me a bad one? Is it more or less shameful to feminists than my love of kink and BDSM? Was the fact that I pose in my underwear and blog about it enough to make you doubt my holding feminist as a title? Which one would you insist should force me to give up my feminist card? Well, if you ask me, the answer is none. I truly believe that as long as one possesses a critical analysis of the things we enjoy, we are free to enjoy them. Continue reading “Can A Feminist Love Corsets?”