2:41 pm - 03/30/2014

Links Round Up: Week Ending 28 March 2014

Hi and welcome to the latest installment of our Links Round Up. For folks who don't know, the LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here.

To submit articles for next week's round-up, e-mail vpteam@vaginapagina.com. If you have additional articles you'd like folks to know about this week, feel free to comment directly to this post.

As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream sources' comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter.

This week's round-up includes: on the idea of a "weight problem," young adult heroines and body descriptions, and normalizing obesity.

  1. My Weight Problem Isn’t My Weight by Issa at Love, Live, Grow (Keywords: weight, body shaming, weight stigma)
    I got to thinking, what is a “weight problem”? We hear that phrase a lot. “I have a weight problem.” “I have a problem with my weight.” “My weight has always been a problem.”

    Do I have a weight problem?

    Well, yes.

    I weigh what I do, and because of that I have a few problems.


  2. Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite? by Julieanne Ross at The Atlantic (Keywords: young adult literature, body image, gender norms, body shaming)
    When it comes to recent young adult sci-fi and fantasy literature, this is typical. Divergent is just one in a spate of recent young adult novels—three of which saw big-budget film adaptations in 2013—to emphasize the diminutive stature of its main character.


  3. Normalizing Obesity by Ragen Chastain at Dances with Fat (Keywords: body shaming, weight stigma, weight loss)
    The hypothesis that Dame Davies seems to be working under, of course without a shred of evidence, is that fat people will all get thin if we never see anyone (including a mannequin) who looks like us shown in a positive light.



As always feel free to share your thoughts on any of these articles, along with whatever you've been reading or writing this week!
fallconsmate 31st-Mar-2014 12:08 am (UTC)
here's another thing to think about:

fat people have health problems...because they put off going to see a physician because they DO NOT WANT TO BE SHAMED ABOUT THEIR WEIGHT.

i was put INTO a health crisis by an endocrinologist who kept pushing weight loss surgery at me, and missed the bad liver enzymes tests that went on FOR A YEAR despite me complaining that i had itching SO BAD that i wanted to tear my skin off and that i was starting to have yellowing skin and eyes...until i showed him in a medical journal's website that this can be signs of liver problems caused by statin use (to bring down cholesterol). i spent 5 days in the hospital over that.

he totally ignored all that RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM because i weigh "too much". he also ignored the fact that one of the side effects for diabetes medications, ALL of them? weight gain. instead he wanted me to undergo a surgery that mutilates one's internal organs in search of weight loss. and he pushed it HARD every time i visited him without my husband present. it's ridiculous that in this day and age i would have to hide behind my husband to get medical care.

i have pain in both my shoulders now, and i've lost the range of movement to the point that it HURTS to shampoo my own hair. raising my arms entirely straight is impossible. but i won't go in to the doctor because i do not want it to become an issue of my weight.

i'm borderline buliemic. if i get a panic attack (and i do) the first thing i want to do is punish my own body and that's the FASTEST way to punish it. *sighs* this is not an easy life.
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