Outside the world of runway models, a degree of fatness is desirable--but only in certain places. We talked about desirable fat body configurations, but what about that gray area dividing thin women from fat known as "voluptuousness"? Society is willing to accept fat body parts, but distribute it throughout your entire body and watch folks retreat.
Coming to a mailbox near you! The new issue of Bitch! (Not a Bitch subscriber? You still have a few hours become one and save five dollars!) To get you excited about our spring issue while February still rages outside, here's three articles available for your reading pleasure online! First is an interview with author Peggy Orenstein on her new anti-princessification book Cinderella Ate My Daughter ("Pink Slip" by M. M. Adjarian), an assessment on so-called "Daddy" blogs and what it means to be a stay-at-home-pop in the digital age ("It's Hard Out Here For a Pop" by Rachel Fudge), and musings on why it's seems so uncool to like Tori Amos ("Birth of the Uncool" by Sady Doyle).
If you're a married congressman, it's probably not a good idea to send shirtless photos of yourself to women you encounter on Craigslist. New York Congressman Christopher Lee found that out the hard way after a woman he'd exchanged flirtatious emails with—including the shirtless one—outed him on the gossip website Gawker. In the emails, 46-year-old Lee portrayed himself as a divorced father and lobbyist seven years his junior. When Gawker posted his deceitful exchanges with the woman—Yesha Callahan—on its site Feb. 9, Lee resigned, leading mainstream media outlets across the country to pick up the story. But in the black blogosphere there was particular buzz about the Lee scandal when word spread that Callahan, whose identity was initially kept secret, is African American.
On Saturday night, my partner and I were walking out of a local grocer when he decided to buy one of the newspapers being sold by the homeless couple on the corner. I was holding our grocery bag as Andreas paid for the paper, and as the woman handed it to him, she asked him something, then reached over and patted my stomach before he steered me away. I chuckled as we turned towards home. "Why did she poke me? That was funny," I said, because I hadn't caught what they said and didn't understand what I did hear. He looked at me, stricken, and began to shake his head. Then it hit me. She wanted to know when I'm due.
Sometimes it seems like we're bombarded by study after study telling us fat girls that unless we fit a certain body type, we're doomed to be relegated to the "unattractive" bin. If your fat happens to settle into an "hourglass" or "pear" shape, your fat is more likely to be seen as "OK" by the dominant culture.
This week on Grey's Anatomy: transplants, gauche moves, more baby drama, and big decisions for some of our characters! Did Meredith make the right choice? Is Alex riding for a fall? Who wants to place a bet on how the Mark/Callie/Arizona love triangle will end?
Miriam at Feministing discusses the new Orgasm Inc. documentary and Big Pharma's interest in alleged female sexual dysfunction.
Tiger Beatdown founder (and Bitch contributor) Sady Doyle continues to rock Twitter with the anti-HR3 #DearJohn campaign. See her discuss it on GRITtv. Meanwhile, fellow Bitch contributor Sarah Jaffe is profiling Democrats co-sponsoring the bill.
After Ellen reports on upcoming films by queer black women, including the feature based on Angela Robinson's popular Girltrash!web series.
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Oprah and Babs talk about how tough it is to have kids as a working woman—or in Oprah's case, the unambiguous lack of regret in regards to opting out. Skip to 7:30 in the video, where the discussion about having kids starts. Transcript after the jump.