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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #73

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on our Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

“The Italian idea of beauty is permeating everywhere. It's also a soft way to look at beauty, the 'dolce vita’ (’the sweet life') type of beauty. It's a kind way to look at beauty.” - Hiroko, 43
“The Italian idea of beauty is permeating everywhere. It’s also a soft way to look at beauty, the ‘dolce vita’ (’the sweet life’) type of beauty. It’s a kind way to look at beauty.” – Hiroko, 43

Body Thoughts

BodyThoughts is a unique platform for a new conversation about body truths. 

Founded by photographer Alexa Mazzarello, and former international model, Erica McDonald, BodyThoughts aims to challenge the way people experience the world through their bodies.

Originating in Vancouver as an art pop-up experience, BodyThoughts desired to create a greater impact, taking the show to Toronto where it received coverage from CBC, Elle Canada

BodyThoughts has now evolved into a platform, disseminating the importance of body truths not only through pop-up events, but through powerful products and digital experiences.

Across all avenues, BodyThoughts asks: What are your body thoughts?


When you’re a fat chick, just showing up to a public space in a swimsuit is a revolutionary act. Seriously. It takes some serious guts, regardless of the style you’re wearing. But what if you were to show up in a swimsuit with horizontal stripes? A low cut bottom? Neon colors? A loud print? Revealing cut outs? Well, then my friend, you’re just being brazen. When you show up in a bold suit, you are essentially staring convention in the eyes and giving it the middle finger. Obviously, I wholeheartedly support it!

There are so many ways to push plus fashion boundaries and swimsuits can be a fabulous way to break rules. For me, ditching the skirt was the first step towards being brave. I then tried out a bikini (Fatkini was the hot term at the time) and guess what happened when I donned a two piece? Nothing. I didn’t die, no one gouged their eyes out, and the masses didn’t run away screaming.

This summer? I’m taking it up a notch. I’ve purposefully sought out swimsuits that make me a little uncomfortable; that aren’t “flattering” and don’t cover up the parts of my body that I struggle with. Just in case you’re into the same thing, I’ve compiled 21 suits don’t play it safe. They’re loud, they’re proud, they’resexy and they are another step towards unapologetic living. Wanna throw “demure” to the side this swimsuit season? I got you.

It’s Prom Time, Let’s Shame Fat Girls

Amy took great pains to make her prom night special in a way that worked for her – she got a dress that she loved, she had her hair done, she did her make-up.  It was her dream night.  Well, only if you think that crying in the bathroom, being repeatedly body shamed by a teacher, and then spending the rest of the night wearing the vice principal’s jacket over her dress is a “dream.”  What the hell happened?

If you guessed “inappropriate policing of girl’s bodies, with a special emphasis on girls who aren’t thin” you win the prize.  And the prize is to see this bullshit for what it is.

Dress codes can be really problematic, especially when they suggest that girls are responsible for the distractions/attractions/ actions of men, and enforcement policies that suggest that policing how girls look and what they wear, including removing them from their educational environment, in an effort to provide boys with a “distraction free” environment are misguided and problematic on a number of levels, including reinforcing rape culture.

FEATURE: Salvador-based photographer Helen Mozão champions fat empowerment in ‘GORDA FLOR’ editorial

‘GORDA FLOR’ is a body positive, fat empowerment editorial series by Salvador-based photographer Helen Mozão. You’ve probably seen her kick-ass photography here or on our social media platforms, she’s awesome. Like many of her other series’, this one is all about promoting an under-represented image of black beauty. ’GORDA FLOR’ was shot on location in the beautiful Santo Antonio neighborhood of Salvador, known by locals for its beautiful scenery.

I Dressed So You Could See My Visible Belly Outline For A Week And It Was Scary

Hi, I’m Kristin. I’d like to talk about something that stresses a lot of people out: having a visible belly outline (when your tummy rolls are visible through your clothes).

While it’s become socially acceptable to have fat deposits in your ass and boobs, it’s a (mostly) unspoken rule that you must do your best to hide your belly fat.

Amanda Peet’s candid essay on plastic surgery and Hollywood: “Everyone’s looking at me like, Let go, you bullheaded old hag!”

Comparing herself to her sister, a doctor and associate dean of clinical education at a teaching hospital who embraced her gray hair and wears “vaguely orthopedic” shoes,Peet opens up about the embarrassment she feels for maintaining a standard of beauty that, fair or not, is pretty much required for her to be successful at her job:

“It’s painfully obvious, but I’m still ashamed to admit this: I care about my looks. How else can I explain my trainer, stylist, and Barney’s card? I’ve bleached my teeth, dyed my hair, peeled and lasered my face, and tried a slew of age-defying creams. More than once, I’ve asked the director of photography on a show to soften my laugh lines. Nothing about this suggests I’m aging gracefully.”

And yet Peet writes that it would be “crossing the Rubicon” for her to take surgical or medical options to fight the natural aging process. “I want to look younger (and better), trust me,” she confesses. “The only reason I don’t do it is because I’m scared.”