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Clones, and a blog recommendation

three clones

The raw materials for this clone picture are several months old (the matching outfit post is here), I only just put them together during August. I love doing them but they are so much work! Hat off to Steph for doing them all the time! Unless there is some short cut I am missing that would save me from messing around with a miniscule eraser tool?

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I’m entering this into the Style Is sustainable fashion competition. I almost missed this due to my August blogging break, but I think this outfit is a good fit: the dress is from the charity shop, the jacket and neacklace are more than a decade old, getting lots of reuse out of them, the shoes are made in Sweden by a family company and the brooch is handmade out of recyled material.

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Plus, because one picture hardly seems worth a blog post, even if I have slaved over it for hours (well, half an hour, maybe, but still, one picture!), I thought I would also tell you about a blog I recently discovered and how I got there.

The getting there is maybe not such an interesting story, but it involves a bit of enjoyable light bitching, so I want to tell it. (You can skip the next two paragraphs if you want and go straight to the blog recommendation)

Anyway, I realised I got quite a lot of google search traffic for my review of the ministry of thin, turns out hardly any newspapers or big sites have reviewed it, so my post is actually number or or four (depending which way round you word it) on page 1 of the search results. I then looked through the other reviews, and realised that Emma Woolf reads her own reviews, and not just the big ones. I know this because she* has left comments on the purely positive ones, including this little gem: “You write so beautifully! I found myself wanting to read this book – LOL – then realised I wrote it! Love you, Em xxx”.

That’s a bit creepy, isn’t it, managing to be both both self congratulatory and sycophantic? I mean fair dos if you want to let the bloggers/reviewers know you were there, but what’s wrong with ‘Thanks for the review, glad you liked it’ or something. Anyway, I thought I’d look at her twitter to see if she is always as icky, and that’s when I came across this article which expertly takes apart an article Woolf wrote on thin bashing is just as bad as fat bashing, which neatly points out that you can’t go round saying ‘let’s make this about health not looks’ and then conflate body shape with health and whether or not you have an eating disorder.

And then I looked at that blogger’s other posts, and they are SO GOOD.

(People avoiding the bitching, you’re safe from here on in)

The blog is called Dances with Fat, and is written by this woman Ragen, who is a National Dance Champion and who is fat, who is an amazing activist and writer. I’m pretty sure I’ve see people talk about her before, but had actually never looked at the blog, I suppose because my personal interest has been more in health at every size rather than fat acceptance as such, but I’m glad I found my way there eventually.

I would recommend this blog to anyone with an interest in social justice and general body image stuff, it provides a lot of resources on both Health at Every Size and size acceptance, both for fat people themselves and allies.

I’ve been reading it now for about a month, and it has really changed my perspective. And what I have learnt is that it’s not just about the evidence between BMI and morbidity and various diseases being inconclusive at best, it’s not just about the fact that the vast majority of people who intentionally set out to lose weight then gain more in the long term, or that huge amounts of things people are sold as a weight loss solutions are seriously unhealthy.

The point is that even IF there were a clear link between size and health, even if we knew how to achieve long term weight loss for everyone and it was easy to lose weight, that still does not excuse the discrimination and stigma fat people experience. It is not ok to take away people’s human right even if being fat is a choice, because they are human rights. They are for everyone, that is the point of them.

I guess I knew all of that before, but I has seriously never though about putting it together like that.

I really recommend you read this blog!

* At least I think it’s her, it links to a promotional blog, that has very few followers or comments, and is not very appealing visually, but content wise does seem to be the real thing.

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  • Rhianne 9 September 2013, 8:30 am

    One of my best friends would be termed as fat – though I’ve never ever thought of her as it – she’s just my K. But good god, she is fit and strong, more so than most people I know. Every week she trains as part of a roller derby team, she is so light on her feet and fierce, but if you approached her with a view of her just being fat, you wouldn’t expect anything like that from her.

    I’m so glad you recommended this blog, I watched the video of Ragen and her dance partner doing the two step and I was just as mesmerized as when I saw my K skating, I forgot about all the labels and just saw the skill, the speed and the beauty of movement. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    p.s. Do you have a blogroll? I always love your recommendations.
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    • Franca 9 September 2013, 11:56 am

      My blog roll is so out of date I took it down, about half the blogs aren’t even active any more. It’s on my to do list to update it, but it’ll probably be a good while yet before I get round to it. Also, I’m in a bit of a state of flux with my blog reading at the moment, getting a bit bored with what’s in my reader, but haven’t found new blogs to meet my needs yet!

      • Rhianne 11 September 2013, 8:57 am

        Yeah I’ve been feeling the same about my blog reader too. I recently cleared most of it out which was refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • bani 9 September 2013, 10:51 am

    I’ve been sporadically checking in on Ragen for a few years. She was one of the first to challenge my perceptions on fat and health and deserves the recommendation. ๐Ÿ™‚ To be honest I’m too lazy to read it regularly because the posts are quite heavy – I’m more of a “wtf plus size clothes manufacturers” type reader at the moment (i.e. pics).
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  • Ragen Chastain 9 September 2013, 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the review, glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, I really appreciate you writing about my work – and I’m totally impressed by your clone picture!

    ~Ragen

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