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Plus Size Revolution?

The Revolution Will Not Be Plus-Sized

After a lot of soul-searching and introspection, I’ve come to the conclusion that being welcomed into the fashion industrial complex is not entirely the kind of progress I want to see in the fat acceptance movement. Now, I love clothes. I mean, I LOVE clothes. But I’m also personally invested in intersectionality and the idea […]

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Photography by Olivier Fermariello.

Form and Function: A Brief Introduction to Nudity and Disability in Western Culture

Representations of nudity in Western popular culture are rarely inclusive of “physically disabled” or “non-normative” bodies. If nude disabled bodies are represented at all, it’s usually in a medicalized, Othered context–case studies of the “disfigured” or collections of outrageous pictures of “freakish” bodies. Our cultural relationship with physical disability is contradictory; we’re trained to look […]

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That Not-So-Fresh Feeling

As Tertullian stated long ago, and Summer’s Eve reinforces today: “Woman is a temple built over a sewer”. Thank god there’s a dizzying array of “feminine hygiene” products marketed toward female-identified folk to help conceal that awful raw sewage smell naturally emanating from our crotchal region. We’ve got several kinds of special wipes, from Monistat […]

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