Born Naked, Annihilated by Fashion…til now

Note:  These Botero-inspired, body positive fashion images are NSFW. They are also not safe for preserving outmoded paradigms of what a woman’s body should be. We are born naked and when we die, our bodies are stripped, examined and prepared for burial. Between birth and death, we are contextualized and classified by fashion. It isContinue reading “Born Naked, Annihilated by Fashion…til now”

The Old Injury. The New Perspective.

When I was in 3rd grade, I broke my left arm.  I fell off a swing backwards on the playground and snapped my left ulna.  The bone was set properly.  It seemed to heal quickly. Flash forward a few decades, it’s giving me trouble when I do Wheel Pose during yoga.  I’ve had an on-again,Continue reading “The Old Injury. The New Perspective.”

That One Special Picture

You know that person that uses the same picture from ten years ago on all their social media profiles?  That picture than shows them 15 pounds lighter, not as wrinkled, and probably at a wedding or some other special occasion where they are made up or dressed to the nines?  That person may have aContinue reading “That One Special Picture”

Mind the Gap

If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve probably taken the Tube, aka the subway.  Most people who ride the Tube remember  signs everywhere saying, “Mind the Gap”. Years later, I’ve been fascinated with gaps, but mostly gaps in thinking, gaps in awareness, gaps in consciousness.  What I’ve learned from my own life and observing othersContinue reading “Mind the Gap”

Weighty Self-Worth Issues

This week, I had a lesson in how valuable I am.  From time to time, we say to ourselves, “I’m valuable.  I’m important.  I have something to offer,” etc.  It’s easy to pay lip service to those affirmations, but it’s a whole different matter when we actually have to calculate our worth in real terms. Continue reading “Weighty Self-Worth Issues”

No Skinny Shaming. No Fat Shaming. No Shame.

It’s very easy to cherry pick reality these days.  It’s very easy to ignore what’s inconvenient or what doesn’t matter or apply to you.  In the curvy and plus size community, we deride “thin privilege” but we have less conversations about “skinny shaming”–picking on someone because they are “too thin”.  How many times have youContinue reading “No Skinny Shaming. No Fat Shaming. No Shame.”

Healthier…Not Necessarily Skinnier

Tess Holliday clapped back this week against those she called, “concern trolls“, declaring that ther health is no one’s business.  I agree with Tess.  Her health is nobody’s concern but her’s but it did cause me to look at my own health and define what I consider to be a “healthy” version of me. IsContinue reading “Healthier…Not Necessarily Skinnier”