The “skinny bitch” backlash, it’s important to understand, comes from a position of profound privilege. And, yes, I do mean “privilege” in the most classical sense of the word; skinny people materially benefit from social bias against fat people. Recent studies have shown that overweight students, particularly girls, are less likely to be admitted to university. Obese employees are thirty-seven times more likely to report employment discrimination than their “normal weight” colleagues. The vast majority of health care professionals stereotype heavy patients and chalk up any and all health problems to their weight gain, leading to widespread misdiagnosis.

"Meghan Trainor and the Skinny Bitch Backlash" (via queerandpresentdanger)

My problem with this song isn’t that it’s mean to skinny girls, it’s that she equates body value with sexual desirability to cishet men. Also, this woman is pretty skinny herself, so when she campaigns for fat acceptance and body positivity, she’s basically white knighting. She’s also pulling a Lily Allen/Miley Cyrus with her back up dancers, using WOC as human props.

Besides, the song is a weak sauce ear worm. Sir Mix-a-lot “brought booty back” much more effectively before Meghan Trainor was even born.

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pewterkat:

greatestprairiechicken:

adamrichins:

hentai-ass:

tattoo-queens:

skindeeptales:

Amazing scar covering tattoos

Tattoos can be for healing 

Now tell me again why Tattoos are trashy?

Ha! That last one is just a boob tattoo.

I’ve been told that if I get a tattoo to cover up my domestic assault scars, I’ll never get a teaching job. That I need to focus on “what’s really important,” like making sure I look acceptable to parents and administrators. After years of living with the scars, I’m FINALLY getting a half sleeve to cover them up.

I get to control what happens to my skin.

I think that’s pretty important. :)

*fist bump*

That means a lot to me…I’ve only recently gotten to a point where I can talk about what happened without breaking down.

Cultural Appropriation and Yoga

becauseiamawoman:

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By: Ally B.

I like to think of myself as well versed in cultural appropriation politics. I consider it my duty as a person with privilege to make sure I think critically about cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange, and to call others out when they cross…

I have similar thoughts/feelings/trepidations about belly dance.

Why this fascination with the woman who doesn’t know she’s beautiful, the idealization of low self-esteem? It orients the singer as a savior — the sensitive soul whom this girl, who has been slaving away day in and day out in front of a mirror that just won’t reveal the beauty she longs to see, desperately requires. These aren’t songs for young men, who, theoretically, could listen and reconsider their standards of female beauty. These are songs for girls who get the message that insecurity has romantic value, if only because it’s the necessary setup to the grand moment in which they find the boys who — god bless them! — finally pull them out of it.

By all means, write songs about how beautiful women are. Write songs about how beautiful men are too! (Incidentally, if you’re unsure how specifically gendered this trope is: Try to imagine a song in which a female singer says just how much she wants to make a guy “feel beautiful.”) But don’t assume we’re uncomfortable in our skin just because we dress it up when we present it to the world. Don’t tell us we don’t know we’re beautiful, and certainly don’t tell us that our ignorance to this fact is our best quality. We’re good.

Let’s Stop Singing Songs About Women Who Don’t Know They’re Beautiful (via brutereason)

I wouldn’t mind more songs about women who don’t care whether they’re beautiful because they’ve got more interesting things to think about.

(via thebiobabe)

adamrichins:

hentai-ass:

tattoo-queens:

skindeeptales:

Amazing scar covering tattoos

Tattoos can be for healing 

Now tell me again why Tattoos are trashy?

Ha! That last one is just a boob tattoo.

I’ve been told that if I get a tattoo to cover up my domestic assault scars, I’ll never get a teaching job. That I need to focus on “what’s really important,” like making sure I look acceptable to parents and administrators. After years of living with the scars, I’m FINALLY getting a half sleeve to cover them up.

I get to control what happens to my skin.

(via mo-mtn-girl)

glob-fish:

I found a science textbook author with a sense of humor.

glob-fish:

I found a science textbook author with a sense of humor.

(via scientistsarepeopletoo)

Sardine #pizza w/ goat’s milk feta, mozzarella, sautéed spinach, & Spanish hard-cured chorizo on homemade dough.  Bad photo, delicious #dinner.  #omnomnom #lifewithchef

Sardine #pizza w/ goat’s milk feta, mozzarella, sautéed spinach, & Spanish hard-cured chorizo on homemade dough. Bad photo, delicious #dinner. #omnomnom #lifewithchef

NO SHOES ON THE BED

NO SHOES ON THE BED

(Source: womenread, via wellsend)

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