sorry i’m talking so much about celebrities lately- i’ve been sick lately and slightly busy, plus dealing with like… chronic micromisfortunes, so i haven’t been able to scour our favorite sites for the most heinous stuff.
sometimes i forget in 2013 that i can’t just like… contact celebrities and set things straight with them. the other day my partner and i were watching ‘star trek: tng’ and i was like, ‘i should say something to whoopi goldberg about how much i like guinan’ forgetting that like… i definitely don’t know whoopi goldberg and i have no way to contact her, and even if i did she’d be like, ‘who are you?’ (probably. maybe she’d like me. i haven’t seen ‘the view’ so i don’t know what her friends are like). anyway, i was just reading a really bogus list of ‘the top 27 feminist moments of 2013’ (spoiler: a lot of rich white ladies were not EXPLICITLY misogynists, plus malala and… marriage equality, and then melissa harris-perry and bell hooks and some good activism) and the #1 item was this quote from jennifer lawrence:
If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go f**k yourself.
this is in line with another quote by her that’s making the rounds:
There are shows like Fashion Police that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s okay to point at people and call them ugly or fat.
right on, jennifer lawrence ! i agree ! except like, last year your halloween costume was “fat witch” and you posed for a bunch of pictures puffing out your cheeks and shoving food into your mouth. remember how much that sucked? when i read that quote i was like, ‘maybe i should contact jennifer lawrence to tell her that sucked.’
i like jennifer lawrence as an actor, and even like her as a public ‘awkward’ person (though i’m cynical enough to assume she has like, awkwardness wranglers who untie her shoelaces and send her a text when it’s time to talk about her imperceptibly unshaved armpits). i saw her in ‘winter’s bone’ and thought she was phenomenal. it’s frustrating though to have yet another thin white lady trotted out in front of us as like, a subversive body image hero because she talks about liking french fries, even when she’s so brazen as to pose for photographs mocking us. but i don’t pay enough attention to celebrities to really get it, i guess, because a thin famous white lady is still the status quo. even if we talk about how a thin famous white lady is ‘fat’ or how a thin famous white lady ‘likes to eat’ unlike all those other thin famous white ladies, what is the real impact? we all know that thin famous white ladies will still get almost every part in a movie or tv show that isn’t ‘man,’ ‘servant,’ ‘target of abuse,’ ‘unsexy sex worker,’ or ‘sassy friend’. we all know that the rules are not the same for people who aren’t thin and white and feminine- we are still not allowed to talk about body image or beauty standards or how we like food or eat food still. we all know that even the thin famous women who are shoved down our throats as feminist folk heroes are still laughing at us, and that thin celebrities who are obsessed with ‘anti-bullying’ campaigns are laughing at us (amy poehler’s field day about obesity on ‘parks and recreation’, which is a show i like. tina fey’s… every other word that comes out of her mouth. jennifer lawrence’s fat costume. ellen degeneres bravely ranting against abercrombie and fitch and then signing that fucked up jamie oliver petition. dan savage’s epic public fat shaming. george takei’s fat shaming memes and public fat shaming of his partner. lady gaga’s shitty weird comments about adele’s body. kelly osbourne doing a ‘body confidence’ article about the importance of loving your imperfect self and then freaking out on christina aguilera for being ‘fat’). whyyyy do we have to pretend this isn’t happening and pat these people on the pack for paying us lip service? why do they keep ending up on horrible internet lists about being ‘body positive’ or ‘anti-bullying’ or ‘feminist’?
i know the media is now manufacturing a jennifer lawrence backlash which is baffling everyone (much like the anne hathaway backlash- i have literally never met a single person on the planet earth who has a very strong opinion about anne hathaway yet i have read thousands of vaguely misogynistic articles about how women just HATE her and how she’s so AWFUL and don’t you HATE her), so i don’t mean to jump on this totally manufactured bandwagon- this isn’t specifically about her. i’m just so bummed that the faces of ‘body positivity’ in the public eye are always thin people who hate or don’t respect fat people, people who get so much praise and attention and money for their empty platitudes about body confidence. what this says is that confidence isn’t for us, that anti-bullying efforts don’t need to include fatphobic bullies, that every body BUT ours is okay.
since starting this disjointed complaining session, i also discovered that whoopi goldberg is a fat-shamer as well, so i’m not even going to bother to talk to her about guinan.
p.s. i know jennifer lawrence also has said transphobic, homophobic, and ableist things, which is more than a bummer.
her styling really is a reflection of the fashion available in her size. it’s really gaudy and not as cool as her other witchy counterparts.
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editor’s note: i don’t watch american horror story (i tried to watch the first season but the constant sexual violence turned me off. also the goofiness and involving real life murder victims in another one of ryan murphy’s exploitative wank fantasies), so i’m not sure of the context her character exists in so i can’t comment within the context of the show.
gabourey sidibe and i are probably about the same size- we have different body types but i think we probably fit into the same clothes. it’s really HARD to find affordable clothes in our size, but i find it strange that wardrobe people who have seemingly endless options compared to my options can’t find her characters cool stuff.
i do know that she is often dressed poorly or strangely in comparison to other characters (and other celebrities). sometimes it’s probably a character choice (like, in ‘precious,’ her character was not supposed to be someone who is on the internet buying $120 dresses on kiyonna), but sometimes i think people are too lazy and skittish to try to find awesome plus size clothes, or to dress her in a way that isn’t ‘flattering’, or to think about how fat people really dress in different contexts. like, her wardrobe on ‘the big c’ is largely ‘older’ looking stuff that looks like it’s from the avenue, or walmart, when she plays an upper middle class teen. meanwhile characters like april on ‘parks and recreation’ wear a full madewell/anthropologie/marc jacobs wardrobe despite working as a low-level public servant in the suburbs of indiana.
to her credit, no matter what they dress her in, she fully commits and usually looks great anyway. but come on guys, the clothes are out there, and there’s like… endless fatspiration you can look at when dressing your fat actors/characters.
Saw this on Pinterest…this is what it now says if you go to Eloquii’s home page:
"We went away for a sec. But you wanted us back.
(And, like you, we respond very well to being wanted.)
We are fashion without bounds. We are runway-obsessed.
We are breakers of rules. We are immediate gratification.
We are ALL about the champagne.
We’ll have lots to celebrate together — soon enough.
For now — see you in the front row.
— Your Friends at ELOQUI”
It mentions an “Early Spring 2014” date.
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editor’s note: why does eloquii write like a toxic friend from high school? i feel like they basically called me an ‘attention whore’* or something and then implicated me in all their rule breaking and poor impulse control and underage champagne drinking.
*wtfplus does not endorse this annoying phrase and also getting attention IS cool.
I just wanted to share with you that I just witnessed a straight-size woman have a meltdown in a Lane Bryant because they didn’t make the cute clothes she wanted (a striped top with some lips on it, and a tee shirt with a heart made of flowers and an inspirational word on it) in her size. Melted down. Wow. You can have ‘em, lady.
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editor’s note: awwwwww doesn’t it suck to go to a store and find nothing in your size? i cannot IMAGINE how she feels.
i was kind of looking around and found the beauty of the 10 Dollar Mall
while i am very excited that such a thing exists, my heart broke when i got to the plus sized section (the one model they have looks like she’s dead inside or at least very very hollow)
((an added note: i don’t think all the shirts are ugly but… a lot of them are definitely questionable at the least))
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editor’s note: what do you mean about the model, she looks perfectly normal and natural, walking like a regular human being, NOT like she’s being forced at gunpoint to do rhythmic gymnastics !
i do have to say though that this site has some cute stuff (and some terrible stuff), but $10 really is the right price for most of it, when places like catherine’s and lane bryant and the avenue charge $40-$80 for the same exact stuff ! i genuinely like this top:
even though most of it looks like what you’d wear to referee a jello wrestling match at a nightclub for wild animals
it’s hard to hate when everything is $9.99
ELLE spain has very bravely run an issue with this super fat plus size model on the cover if you guys want to pat them on the back. don’t you feel represented?
the ELLE article is called ‘the success of the real woman,’ and i linked this igigi blog post because, while they do engage in the yawn-worthy ‘calling fat women REAL WOMEN is THIN SHAMING’ rhetoric*, they make a better point about how problematic the term “real woman” is when you apply it to a woman who is photoshopped to the point of utter unattainability to a person who exists in 3D.
is this cover like, even progressive in any way? how many of us would even know this woman was “plus sized” if no one told us?
* the problematic phrase “real women have curves” is something that sprouted up as a response to fatphobia and a lack of representation of fat bodies; while this may hurt the feelings of thin women, that is basically the misandry to fatphobia’s misogyny (aka not an institutionalized form of discrimination, but rather an annoyance that might make you feel cruddy). body policing sucks, and it sucks when people criticize or denigrate thin bodies, but having to make every single conversation about fatphobia into a conversation about thin peoples’ feelings/’all bodies’ is really fucking tedious.
p.s. just to clarify, i absolutely don’t have a problem with people criticizing the transphobic implications of ‘real women have curves’ or with fat women who aren’t ‘curvy’ and don’t fit in the socially acceptable ‘hourglass’ mold feeling uncomfortable with the phrase. i also don’t have a problem with people rejecting it because of corniness (which is my first instinct) ! i’m specifically tired of the ubiquitous ‘thin-shaming’ response to it.
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editor’s note: i hate to recycle jokes (JUST KIDDING I LOVE IT) but this reminds me of the one stop plus freddy krueger dress, which i already created stunning original artwork for:
i do have to admit i like the way this sweater looks in white, despite my extreme aversion to ‘cold shoulder’ and white clothing (nothing personal, i am just like, the type to get a chili stain on a dress when i’m not eating chili) but the bagginess around the armpits is troubling. but maybe i’m just jealous because i can’t grow real good pit hair to fill it out (my pit hair looks like the facial hair of a 13 year old biker gang).
what was i talking about? i wanted to end this with a freddy krueger quote but, among other traits of his i find unsavory (murder, turning teens into pizza toppings), he uses the word ‘bitch’ constantly.
i don’t get much hate mail here because i have anonymous asks disabled (catch the fever ! it is the best !) but i did receive a message to my wtfplus e-mail today and as a result wtfplus has to shut down immediately because i will be in the burn unit from the sick burns.
an anonymous e-mail through a free e-mail service came in, with the subject “saw this on knowyourmeme.com.”
brace yourself, guys, because this is the sickest burn that makes a ton of sense and is actually funny because it makes sense.
you see, the humor lies in the fact that some people say A doesn’t exist, and some people say B doesn’t exist, so A looks like B. i’m surprised someone hasn’t said it before.
my favorite parts:
1) trying to offend me with ‘misandry’ and bigfoot, my two favorite things? i totally hate men, and my kitchen theme is ‘romantic bigfoot' and i have a mantle of bigfootabilia in my living room, which includes an autographed picture of bigfoot (“roxy, don’t stop believin’! love, bigfoot”)
2) they stretched the picture out to make me look fatter? but bigfoot is tall, not fat.
3) the person who sent this to me clearly made it; if they ‘found’ it on knowyourmeme (where it doesn’t appear), how would they have traced it back to me?
i spent a lot of my thanksgiving break watching ‘curb your enthusiasm’ so i’m like… prepared for sympathy embarrassment, but the sympathy embarrassment i feel for this dude is unrivaled. buddy, you are the reason people hate men, and the reason bigfoot doesn’t want to hang out with humans.
p.s. i just got a few asks about the bigfoot stuff i have ! the autograph is an original obtained by a friend (who i guess met bigfoot) but the other stuff: bigfoots on a tandem bike by msstarryart (not available, but she has other bigfoot prints), sexy bigfoot budoir prints by chipmunkcheeks, bigfoots in love greeting card by abbeyjay, and romantic bigfoot magnets by pearsonmaron
hey dogs. i am backed up from the long weekend, because i chose to take time off of my unpaid job as a superstar blogger to eat stuffing and play candy crush saga, but i’ll post some stuff soon ! some notes:
1) RIP paul walker, wtfplus’ unofficial california spokes-hunk, a thing i made up just now. i always hated him because i read an interview where he was a douche (but i can’t remember what he said), and i NEVER forgive celebrities. i still hate ice t because he was once a poor sport on rock and jock baseball in the 90s (this causes contention in my family because my mom loves ice t and once sent me a christmas card with her face pasted on a bikini babe and ice t’s pasted on a hunk). anyway, i feel strangely wistful about his passing ! last night i heard on the radio that paul walker just acted to save money to go to college to be a marine biologist, and i was like, ‘aw, i hope he gets to do marine biology in heaven’ and my partner was like, “that’s not where the ocean is.”
2) my cat is okay ! she responded really well to antibiotics and is peeing normally. she is now out of quarantine (where she was kept so she didn’t pee a little on all my stuff) and hissing at the other cats like normal. thanks for all the well-wishes and messages of concern.
3) i will be doing a we love colors review later this week. i theoretically was going to wear everything they sent me over thanksgiving weekend so my partner could photograph me, but i ended up staying in my pajamas almost all weekend and then wearing tights they DIDN’T send me saturday. so i’m going to try to wear everything this week and see if anyone wants to meet me for lunch and photograph my legs. i have a few pairs of their tights and i usually photograph them daily, but they’re crappy instagram pictures, so i want better for you.
p.s. oh ew i just found out paul walker started dating his girlfriend when she was 16 and he was 33. gross predator. i’m glad the ocean isn’t in heaven.
jessimuhka asked: Hey, I went to Nordstrom yesterday (San Diego - Horton Plaza mall) and they no longer have a plus sized section. Does anyone know if this is all Nordstroms, or just this one? I went on my lunch break to buy a $100 pair of matronly pants I can wear to work, which I would hate, but would at least be better quality than the $80 pants at Lane Bryant.
anyone got any ideas? i’ve never been to nordstrom !
modcloth’s plus section has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few months- plus size stuff is actually *fitting* people who wear a 28/30, the selection is expanding, the clothes are almost always the same clothes they have in straight sizes, etc. that’s great !
i just checked out their huge black friday sale, and while they DO have some really cute plus things on sale right now, they have 188 plus size items on sale and 991 straight size items on sale. their inventory of plus size items is currently 923 items, so they have more straight size items on sale today than they even have plus size items at any price.
you should check out the sale still because there’s some good deals on cute dresses (note: read the reviews), but it’s disappointing that they can’t throw us a bone.
p.s. i might also be slightly salty because the two dresses i want aren’t on sale at all but whatever.
p.p.s. if you click ‘plus sizes’ as a sale category it lists 269 items, but if you filter by sizes 1X-4X, there are 188 items in those sizes.
p.p.p.s. alibuttons has a link on her page that will get you $15 off your first modcloth order (or your first with whatever e-mail address if you are sketchy like me).
happy kind of thanksgiving to all my readers ! i am currently thankful for my fat body, as i am sitting on a horrible ikea chair and i can barely tell because my butt is so big and comfortable, and because i am holding a stick of butter under my boob to bring it to room temperature. i love you guys.
p.s. come clean my kitchen. i’ll give you some boob butter.
YoursClothing popped onto a thread on Buzzfeed about terrible plus sized clothing, encouraging the ladies to come check out their totally-not-terrible clothes.
Did not know there was such a thing as “harem jeans”:
This woman looks as excited about her animal-themed fashion top as I am (and if you had concerns that they forgot something, no fears, they did include ruching in the back):
That was just a warm-up, though, for the perennial favorite of animal-themed PLUS ZIPPERS:
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editor’s note: haaaaaa. yours clothing DOES sometimes have really cute stuff, but their stock is so huge that the signal to noise ratio is pretty terrible. for every cute dress there’s like 10 t-shirts that say “new york fashion icon 76 ! sleek 83 ! just chillin (penguin) !!!! sassy 96 !!!!’ and 5 hanky hems and 30 cold shoulders. but i guess it’s better that they have too many options vs. too few. i almost feel bad busting on them, though, since they offered themselves up so innocently to buzzfeed’s vultures.
Oh, you know - just another Tuesday with Zach Galifianakis, Lena Dunham, Sofia Vergara, and Chubstr - from the latest edition of the Jakarta Post’s weekly lifestyle supplement, JPlus.
Are they fucking kidding us with these SUPER SIZED women?
what is this fucking nonsense? WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE I HATE THIS SHIT I HATE THIS EARTH COME ON. ‘IS SIX THE NEW ZERO?’
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET SOMEONE NAMED ‘WILLY WILSON’ WRITE STUFF. AND ALSO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FATPHOBIA AND MISOGYNY GO WILD.
congrats on making it onto this gross spread though, chubstr.
"The T-shirt Dress" from ASOS curve
editor’s note: i am upset by how big this dress is. not BECAUSE it’s big, but because asos curve clothing already runs big- i fit comfortably into their stretchy 22s and sometimes could wear a 20 (and i’m a 28/30). this means that asos curve can make clothes that are a size 34/36 at least AND THEY DON’T. i’m miffed that their stretchy clothes EASILY fit people up to a size US 28/30/32 but the numbers stop at US 22/24- why not adjust your sizes so people my size are included even if they don’t know the ‘secret’ about how your clothes fit?
seriously- their structured items are hit or miss, but let me talk about my experience with asos curve stretchy stuff:
i got this dress in a US 22. it’s a little loose on me, even after a few trips through the washer/dryer- when i first got it, it was almost baggy and easily a size 30. i’m 5’9”ish and it is knee length.
i tried this dress on from gwynnie bee in a US 24. it was so big on me that it rested on my shoulders and basically didn’t touch any other part of my body (and my hips are like… 66”). it’s a ‘swing dress’ but it still looked ridiculous- it was REALLY big.
i got this in a US 22 and it was the same as above- it’s also a ‘swing dress’ but it is so loose everywhere that it looks ridiculous. it’s also well below my knees and the sleeves hang down over my hands.
i got these in a US 24 (because of the aforementioned 66” hips). the maximum for a 22 is 56” (US 24 is a relatively new size, and isn’t on their size chart yet). these leggings are so big that they slide off of my body. i actually wore them (and the peter pan collar dress, cause who cares) to the emergency vet last night as my ‘crappy’ clothes because they fit so poorly, and between the tenting and the leggings sliding down, i looked ridiculous.
i also don’t want to blow up her spot, but a plus blogger who lists her size as up to a 24 on top and 26 on bottom in some sizes recently posted a picture of herself wearing an asos regular size 14 dress. i also have a friend who is a US 18 who has given up on asos curve and just shops at ‘regular’ asos because the sizes run large !
i’m not saying all of this to complain that people fatter than me can fit into their clothes- i just don’t understand the point of listing your sizes at a hard stop of 22/24 when you clearly can and do make clothes way bigger than that. i think asos curve has some of the best looking plus size clothing, and i also think there’s no way for people my size and larger to know that/feel comfortable taking the risk of purchasing stuff when the sizes stop at 22/24.