“Locating the problems of social injustice in the world, rather than in our bodies, has been key to naming oppression. It has been powerful for marginalized peoples to say, ‘Leave our bodies alone. Stop justifying and explaining your oppressive crap by measuring, comparing, judging, blaming, creating theories about our bodies.’ But at the same time, we must not forget that our bodies are still part of the equation, that paired with the external forces of oppression are the incredibly internal, body-centered experiences of who we are and how we live with oppression.”
I always love what Eli Clare has to say.
this isn’t about political correctness, this isn’t about a fear of the word “curvy.” it is about how a lot of people are disappointed that (some) fashion blogs are reproducing the exact same norms (thin, white, tall, rich) fashion magazines have been for decades. we are disappointed about which bodies are shown, which bodies aren’t, what is said, and namely what isn’t. the reaction to this post, from what i have seen, has largely been about disappointment rather than anger. disappointed that, yet again, we are being told by a rich white man how we should dress and how to define our own bodies.
i stopped reading fashion magazines because i was sick of people dictating how i should look, what being interested in fashion should entail (a mutual interest in makeup, diet culture, and how to get a man), that sort of shit. i came to the internet pleasantly surprised to find lots of other young people pissed off about the same thing, sharing their love of fashion, without judgement, with passion, with appreciation and celebration rather than body policing and hating. sadly, in the six or seven years i’ve been participating in online fashion communities, i have seen it change dramatically. that radical potential often looks like its fizzling out…"
quick rant about the sartorialist up on the BLAHG
thank you! also, when you say, “You look thin” or “Have you lost weight?” as a way to convey that someone is looking attractive or as a compliment you’re implicitly saying that you’re an asshole.