Femmostroppo Reader – June 16, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • Obesity ills 'are a myth' – Express.co.uk
  • – “an Ohio State University study that disputes the accepted wisdom that the ‘obesity epidemic’ is responsible for various health conditions and that we should all “curb our obsession with dieting”. It uses NHANES III data and claims that there are few health differences between ‘normal weight’ and ‘obese’ indivisduals under age 40, and thereafter only in the proportion of medication use (which could demonstrate an increased tendency on the part of physicians to pathologise and hence over-prescribe to those in this group).”

  • Newsflash: Hate is Not Helpful
  • – “There is a lot of cognitive dissonance going on when non-fat people talk about ‘the obesity crisis.’ On one hand, I’ve observed that social awkwardness – not wishing to draw attention towards someone’s weight, feeling uncomfortable around the ‘f’ word – is pretty universal in polite company. Yet, on the other hand, many thin people seem to still labour under the false assumption that we fatties just don’t know we’re fat.”

  • Chip In – the ‘Get Me To The Conference’ fund
  • – Bri is one of Australia’s most dedicated fat acceptance bloggers – can you donate to help her get to a conference in Sydney?

  • weight loss increases chance of death
  • – “Weight loss of 15% or more from maximum body weight is associated with increased risk of death from all causes among overweight men and among women regardless of maximum BMI.”

  • Muscle mass, gender, and sex, oh my!
  • – “I know from my own experience that I will never look like a man. Because I simply am not physiologically male. (Note: I know this is a complicated subject, too, but I’m going with the commonly understood physical binary to make a point.) Even when I had twice the muscle mass I do now, I still looked like a woman: a beefy, muscular woman (with large breasts, not usually found on men). Some women look like that, and I am frankly tired of hearing that we’re somehow freakish in a masculine way. Being muscular is definitely not coded as feminine in Western society these days; that doesn’t mean much other than that, erm, it’s not considered feminine to be muscular. Women can be mesomorphs (“large chest, long torso, solid muscle structure and very strong”) too, and still be women.”

  • It's Called Love
  • – “Just pointing out that we are not going to have the researchers of this study on every morning television program or daytime television show, telling the eager audience about how men and women really are.

    It’s going to go down the Memory Hole because it is not the received wisdom. But if true it’s evidence against many of the current pseudo-trends.”

  • New Conversations About My Body
  • – “Now that I have two enormous and colorful tattoos on parts of my body that are visible in the summer, the tenor of conversations about my body has changed. “

  • Fielding shows his colours
  • – “Steve Fielding, I award you the Tony Abbott Budgie Smuggler award for Excellence in the Field of Misogyny.”

  • this is a serious political post by a woman
  • – It has graphs!

Disclaimer/SotBO: a link here is not necessarily an endorsement of all opinions of the post author(s) either in the particular post or of their writing in general.


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3 replies

  1. Woot! Thanks for the shout-out. I do hope folks arrive with ideas for talking positively about large bodies. I am probably missing some obvious words and phrases.

  2. Awww thankyou for the shout out : )

    I am about 33% of the way to being funded for the conference, which is awesome and I truly appreciate every cent more than I can say!

  3. Great article at the Drum on the whore-virgin dichotomy:
    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2929589.htm

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