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Mmmm… Delicious!

Cupcakes that I was about to eat

Alida at The Frenemy is doing a project, and we should all help her out. She’s collecting pictures of girls eating food. The point is to combat, in visual form, the association of dainty starvation with femininity. In her words, the project is about…

“proof that there is an alternative. That there are girls out there just like you who are worried about being fat on some days but don’t forget to keep living and keep it real and truly, truly enjoy themselves… Happy girls with happy food and not always pulling their jeans out and being like ‘what can I criticize about myself today.’”

Cookie sandwich at the park... in a bathing suit no less

Corn at the WI State Fair

I love stuff like this. The “galleries” of women that we’re used to seeing are part of what form our perception of normalcy. The rapid fire delivery of celeb slide shows facilitates the comparing and contrasting of bodies. We’re overwhelmingly accustomed to galleries of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, red carpet shots of movie stars, or Athleta catalogs of sculpted women in spandex. There’s nothing wrong with these depictions individually, but collectively they create really entrenched patterns in my brain of what looks normal and what counts as beautiful.

Projects like Alida’s (or Kate’s at Eat the Damn Cake) counteract that by reminding me there are lots of ways to make galleries of ladies, and lots of ways to look awesome. Having food in your mouth is just one of them. I emailed a picture to Alida (iamthefrenemy @ gmail.com), and if you’ve got one lying around you should do the same. If you don’t… go eat something delicious, and bring your camera.

In Cadiz, Spain, eating ice cream

Related Post: I do love food… remember when I pretended to be a food blogger for a day?

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Sunday Scraps 25

1. ART: Slate has a slide show of Alexa Meade’s “human canvases.” She paints on real live human beings to make them look like paintings of humans.  Take another look at that picture above; that is a real dude on a subway platform.

2. LIBRARY: One Canadian library is combating the decline in readership by loaning out “human experts.” Hmmmmm. From GOOD Magazine.

3. SLUT: Alida at The Frenemy very succinctly, and hilariously, explains why throwing around “slut” is bad for all women, not just the receiver of the “insult.”

4. YOGA: Yoga teacher Sarah explains to The Awl what is so annoying about yoga (onion smell, excessive hugging, show-offs, etc.) and also explains why you should do it.

5: BRAZIL: How did Brazil manage to crash it’s birth rate to lower than the United States’ so quickly? This National Geographic piece looks at the causes for the “playground slide” drop, including telenovelas!

6: REPUBLICAN 2012: Venn diagrams are fun. Especially when they come from Nate Silver and have Republican nominee candidates categorized by “electable,” “interested in running,” and “reliably conservative.”

Related Post: Sunday 24 = Andrej Pejic, English majors, dominatrix on NPR and Chicago from outer space.

Related Post: Sunday 23 = Martha Stewart loves seafoam green, douchey t-shirts, and ngrams.


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