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Fat at You

Note: This post contains sarcastic responses to fat bias. I have a confession. Fat is a behavior after all. You see, it’s not just that I am fat or that I have fat on my body. Nope. When I go

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Dear Lululemon

I get that you don’t want to sell clothes that fit me. While it would be fabulous for you not to send a de facto message that I don’t (or shouldn’t) exist, you’re well within your rights to sell whatever

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Yoga Bodies

I had the chance to take my favorite yoga class this morning. It’s an awesome class for me: flow-based and fairly vigorous, with a teacher who offers the less strenuous modifications first and who always asks before physically adjusting a

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All Bodies Are Beautiful?

So I’ve been seeing images similar to these making the rounds: [Image source.] First off, “All women are real,” is fabulous on its own and is not the part I’m going to focus on here. Also because it’s not the

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Size Frustrations

Dear Unnamed Clothing Manufacturer, It was, on the whole, a good trip. I shouldn’t complain. I’m going to complain. I needed new yoga pants, on account of I have plumb worn out the seams of two-thirds of my current batch,

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I Like These Links

My Plate Does Not Have to Be the Same as Your Plate by Kath at Fat Heffalump [note for discussion of food policing] — “I’m really struggling to understand why people can’t see that what other people eat is none

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Guest Author: On Apples and Abdominal Adipositivity

Laura is a twenty-something fatshionista. She enjoys cupcakes, climbing trees, contra dancing, and smashing the kyriarchy. She currently blogs at Tutus and Tiny Hats, where this post originally appeared. It is cross posted here with permission. _______________________________________________________________________________________ As an apple-shaped

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Hip Yoga: One More Abductor Stretch

I was ambivalent about tackling ardha matsyendrasana, not only because it’s a pose I love to hate, but also because I think the main reason it is such a pose is because it’s not so accessible to me on account

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Extra Weight

Dear print, radio, and Internet advertisements (thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster I have stopped watching TV) that keep trying to convince me to shed my “extra weight,” I have tried so many of your programs. They failed miserably, all of

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Camouflage

So I teach yoga in an after school program once every other week. Well, I’m there every week; I only teach every other, but whatever. I taught this week. We did a sequence this week that required rather a lot

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Yoga Month, Yoga Wisdom — Space

The sixth thing yoga has taught me is that my body is entitled to take up space. Certainly, in the context of a crowded class and/or a small studio — where multiple bodies are equally entitled to take up space

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Just Fire Your Doctor

Ah, Internet reading, the posts you inspire. Also, ah, Internet reading, how common threads turn up in different places. In this case, the common thread — from size acceptance advocates, from chronic pain patients, from frequenters of sexual health haunts

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Can’t Have Everything

Yellow sticky note with text, "The reason it seems like no one understands what you're going through is because no one understands what you're going through."

I’ve been thinking I’ve been angry at the Internet a lot in the past few days. I mean, there’s the standard “inadvertently glancing at comments on a mainstream media news post” and “dealing with hateful troll comments” types of angry.

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DVD Review: Baron Baptiste Core Power Live!

DVD cover for Baron Baptiste Core Power Live!

(No, really. The DVD title does include the exclamation point.) PS — This DVD will not be up for giveaway. I realized with the last DVD I reviewed, one of the reasons I didn’t like it was because it felt

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Belly Shot

Woman in upward table pose.

This post contains internalized fat bias. My shoulders and chest have been feeling tight lately, probably due to too much time on the Intarwebs and also due to sleep positioning myself around small dogs. To try to stretch myself out

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Back to School Guest Blogging

Woman with short hair looking through binoculars.

I know, I know. It’s not back to school for most of you. Either you’re out of school entirely, or you never left, or you’re in an area where this is not yet “back to school” time. However, in the

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Summer DVD 7: Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga for Strength

DVD cover of Rodney Yee's Power Yoga -- Strength

This DVD is up for giveaway. Not gonna lie: This DVD is up for giveaway because it’s not my favorite. It’s short and fast, but I wish it was longer and slower. I feel a little bad about going, “Hey,

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Fat Cow?

In one of my recent personal communications, someone mentioned in passing that cow pose in yoga is sometimes known as “fat cow” pose. I could not detect any ill intent (or sense of irony, for that matter) as the statement

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Letter to Clothing Retailers

To department stores, women’s clothing retailers, sellers of athletic wear or other specialty clothing, and all other relevant business ventures: I accept that the majority of you do not sell clothing in my size, despite the fact that I have

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Book Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

Cover of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

This post will contain discussion of disordered eating, including binge eating and dieting, as well as body policing. Additionally, it will contain discussion of rape. Finally, there will also be spoilers about the book’s plot and ending. Whenever I read

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