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September 26, 2007

As some of you know, I struggle with my weight. I’m in an up phase at the moment, and struggling with feeling like, “eff it, I just want to eat cake and to hell with the size of my butt”, followed immediately by thoughts of “I feel huge and I hate this”. Schizophrenia, here I come!

Fortunately, some sanity was to be found on this topic out in the blogsphere.

These three blog items caught my attention, all through a blog called Kate Harding’s Shapely Prose: Reporting on all The Embodiment of all that is Wrong in Feminism since 2007. (This name comes from a comment by a troll, which Kate and crew thought was hysterical. These women are feminists, reporting on what’s wrong with reporting on fat people.)

Today’s roundup includes an essay called Pants, meet Fire Extinguisher which admonishes women to just tell the truth about what they weigh since the number is just a number, just the way fat is just a three letter word, not the end of your life, ala Joy Nash’s Fat Rant (see youtube video below – it is definitely worth viewing! Funny, irreverent stuff, and major truth getting spoken). Additionally, Kate Sweetmachine points out that pictorially women weighing 160lbs are portrayed as 500lb women, and 500lb men are portrayed as 200lb men in drawings and ads. The result? Societally we have no adequate reference point for what real women really weigh.

The next essay, Cheers and jeers: Anorexia and Models edition draws attention to a controversial ad campaign going on in Milan during Fashion week, featuring billboards of a nude anorexic woman named Isabelle Caro. The cheers are for drawing attention to the influence the fashion industry has over the disease and some designers who are refusing to use anorexic models; jeers are for designers who don’t feel fashion is that big of an influence, and some comments by local government officials which are basically a backhanded comment to non-anorexic women.

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For the record I’m about 160lbs right now, at 5′. It’s just a number, right? (OK, so maybe I’m 162 lbs..whose counting?)

My age I have no problem admitting to – admitting my true weight feels like running naked down the aisle at church during communion.

I’m beautiful just the way I am. I’m beautiful just the way I am. I’m beautiful just the way I am.

UPDATE and Note: Kate Harding stopped by and wanted to make a few clarifications:

I just want to make one clarification: the tag line for Shapely Prose is “The Embodiment of Everything Wrong in Feminism” — which is what a troll called one of the other writers for the site, and we thought it was hilarious. We definitely are feminists, and what we actually report on is primarily everything wrong in reporting about fat people. )

Oh, and my co-writer Laura, who goes by Sweet Machine, is the one who should get credit for the “Pants, Meet Fire Extinguisher” post, not me. The bylines are tiny, though. )

Thanks for stopping by Kate! I’m really enjoying your blog!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2007 5:36 pm

    I agree with your rant, but Geez Louise! Warn a guy before you put any more pics up like that “anorexia” thing! NSFW (and rather nausea inducing – which is the point)

    I’m beautiful just the way I am.

    Of course you are, dearest. Just let me know anything you doubt it, and I’ll tell you again ;)

  2. September 26, 2007 5:37 pm

    That’d be “anytime you doubt it”

    Time to go home, obviously been at work too long :)

  3. September 26, 2007 5:47 pm

    I didn’t know about the weight thing; how’s this for the other side of the hill?

    I’ve gained fifteen pounds in the last month of comfort food and little exercise, and I feel physically horrible, but my “true weight” at any given moment, is a three pound range “low 190s”, about 180, etc.

    I lost down to this “good weight”–now gone, but not given up on–since last November, when I was slightly over 200, to early Summer–Memorial Day or so through mid-August; it made the exercise easier–praying with the body, eh?–and that was the real payoff.

    But I’m not living under the continuing obligations you do–Jake and Sister–every minute; I’m happy with being “Grampa in CT” this weekend, yea, which is sweet, and a refuge, though a little anxious, meeting my new SIL (almost). Walking again in the park is a easy option, for now. Still, a good family visit with people who don’t always see each other enough. I’m no longer the Family Driver, since the eighties, anyway; still, I haven’t forgotten the unsettling pace, etc., of life then.

    Praying with you (again: TBTG) in CT

  4. September 26, 2007 5:55 pm

    Thanks for linking to “Shapely Prose,” I’ve added them to my blogroll. :) Great stuff.

    You are beautiful Eileen, and don’t you frickin’ forget it!

  5. September 26, 2007 6:10 pm

    You are beautiful just the way you are – always. A number is just a number – at least for a while.

    I was tipping 200 lbs. at 5’3″ several months ago. I struggled to climb stairs. I had difficulty bending over. My blood pressure was going up steadily.

    If you control the weight while you are younger, the problem will not be as serious or as hard to solve when you are older. I’m 62, and changing my eating habits is so hard. But, my blood pressure is dropping (and I’ve only lost 13 pounds) and I can do stairs okay if the humidity is low. I still have trouble bending over.

    But, sometimes, comfort food is all I can eat. I know that I’ve gained a couple of pounds with this move.

    But, I reiterate: You are beautiful just as you are!!!

  6. Suzer permalink
    September 26, 2007 9:52 pm

    Since we’re sharing, I’m 212 at 5’7″. I used to be 295. I wish, I wish, I wish, I could be under 200 again. For me, it’s not about the numbers, as much as it’s about looking and feeling good.

    When I was a teenager, weighing in at 165, I thought I was horribly overweight. I mean, I thought I was HUGE. I wasn’t — it was all in my head. When I really did gain a lot of weight, it put size issues into perspective. Now, I can live with being 212, and I could be happy if I remained at this weight. But for health reasons I want to lose more, and also so I can find decent clothes at a reasonable price. It’s awfully hard to find cute stuff that’s affordable in the “women’s” section.

  7. episcopalifem permalink*
    September 27, 2007 10:38 am

    Sorry, David –

    I should put Isabelle behind a cut, I suppose, BUT she’s kind of more medical than porno, if you know what I mean – so I didn’t consider her NSFW.

    Share. Suzer, David, Johnie and Kay – Thanks.

    Weight is just something I’ve struggled with all my adult life.

  8. September 27, 2007 1:16 pm

    Eileen, thanks for the links! I just want to make one clarification: the tag line for Shapely Prose is “The Embodiment of Everything Wrong in Feminism” — which is what a troll called one of the other writers for the site, and we thought it was hilarious. We definitely are feminists, and what we actually report on is primarily everything wrong in reporting about fat people. :)

    Oh, and my co-writer Laura, who goes by Sweet Machine, is the one who should get credit for the “Pants, Meet Fire Extinguisher” post, not me. The bylines are tiny, though. :)

    Thanks again for reading!

  9. Heather permalink
    September 28, 2007 11:05 am

    Well. I have discovered – and struggle to remember – that I am always much more preoccupied with my weight than anyone who meets me ever is. In fact, I was delighted to be called “voluptuous” the other day. I thought, “You know, it’s sort of awesome to be that. Va-va-voom!”

    Yes! We are plenty beautiful as is.

  10. Heather permalink
    September 28, 2007 11:09 am

    And I am 5’5″, 173. BOO-YAH! And you know how hard it was not to just backspace and change that to a 165, mama. Peace be upon my pounds!

  11. spanky permalink
    September 28, 2007 11:15 am

    Woweeeee!!!!

    173 is fine by me!!

    weight schmeight, it all on how ya look in your leopard thong right?

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