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Is this real life? From the author, Theo Nicole Lorenz:

This body-positive coloring book features 18 pages of fat sci-fi heroines doing what they do best: trekking across the time and space, blasting off into adventure, and saving the day. Among our intrepid heroines are a rocketeer, a superhero, time travelers of both steampunk and madman-with-a-box varieties, the captain of a space pirate ship, members of spaceship crews tasked with exploring the unexplored, an RPG heroine with a badass bike, and many more.
Because there’s a whole universe of body types out there, and they all deserve to be represented.

I…
I… love… this!

Get it here!

Is this real life? From the author, Theo Nicole Lorenz:

This body-positive coloring book features 18 pages of fat sci-fi heroines doing what they do best: trekking across the time and space, blasting off into adventure, and saving the day. Among our intrepid heroines are a rocketeer, a superhero, time travelers of both steampunk and madman-with-a-box varieties, the captain of a space pirate ship, members of spaceship crews tasked with exploring the unexplored, an RPG heroine with a badass bike, and many more.

Because there’s a whole universe of body types out there, and they all deserve to be represented.

I…

I… love… this!

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Get it here!

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Karlie Kloss Loses Her Ribs to Numéro’s Photoshopping

From Jezebel:

Numéro magazine has a new cover editorial starring top model Karlie Kloss. The largely nude spread was shot in black and white by photographer Greg Kadel. But there are some stark differences between the photographs released by Kadel and those that appear in the magazine. Numéro, it seems, liked that Kloss was so thin but hated that her thinness made her bones more apparent. So in a have-your-cake kind of gesture, it made the bones disappear with Photoshop.

Oh goddammit. If you’re a woman, you literally cannot win. You will never be perfect enough to be not-photoshopped. Never.

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I interviewed Meghan McCain at the RNC in Tampa August 28. Topics included the War on Women, Todd Akin, and the perception of women in the political sphere. McCain also discussed the pressures of being a commentator who’s always in the public eye, and women’s sometimes distorted body image. We also touched on why it’s dangerous for the GOP to seek ideological purity over Ronald Reagan’s big tent.

— Meg

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My submission to Wyoming Monologues

Wyoming Monologues was a blast. Everyone’s monologue was amazing and performed wonderfully.

As promised, here’s the text of mine:

Going Hungry
Meg Lanker-Simons 

My stomach growls, but it does not distract. I’m used to it. Sometimes, I’m hungry because I don’t have enough money to buy lunch on campus. Occasionally, my hunger is intentional.

I fear eating in front of others. I am afraid I will be judged for fulfilling a human need to consume food. I judge myself for this need. I did not used to question my body’s need to eat. Not until I became an advocate for social justice.

As an outspoken, progressive female activist, I am a warrior on the patriarchal red state battlefield dominated by Judeo-Christian concern trolling. I am continually judged for my appearance by those who disagree with my ideas. It is relentless. It is ever-present. I’m told it’s part of being female, as if I’m supposed to accept it, because it’s okay, dearie. Comes with the territory, y’know?

But why? Why should we accept this?

We’ve all doubted ourselves and been a target by bullies for something – these taunts occupy space in our heads, nagging us with whispers about our worth, whispering that if we were somehow not ourselves, it would all be okay.

Well, I refuse to acquiesce and be shamed into silence simply because I am sexually unappealing to them. My IQ does not drop because I am overweight. I would not be more right in a debate if I were a size two. I am not a non-person because I am not attractive to some segment of the population.

It’s as if the causes I champion would be legitimate if only I were thinner, quieter, prettier, something more or less than what I am.

Part of my advocacy is a website of progressive news and commentary with several thousand subscribers. It has a feature for people to send me anonymous messages. I leave this on because people can message me without signing up for an account on my site – its ideal use. However, it also provides a window into the gutter-dwellers of humanity. A sampling from just a few months:

Fat fatty fat stupid McFat pants. Too ugly to rape, too ugly to live. Kill yourself.

You wanna fuck with Texas? We’ll fuck right back, you raging bitch. Stick a dick or a shotgun in your mouth and shut your fucking mouth somehow.

Your a cunt.

Hey, if your career in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere doesn’t pay off you can always become a fat porn star.

Progressives are monsters trying to destroy the USA and you know it arrogant [sic] dyke.

We own this state bitch… you godless, bottomfeeding, scum.

Unfortunately – or fortunately, this kind of vitriol doesn’t faze me. I became used to it roughly two years ago. I learned first-hand that if a woman is willing to put herself in the public eye, her face and her body become objects to be judged. In 2010, I sued my university for violating the right to free speech by banning a speaker from setting foot on campus. I won.

Defense of the US Constitution should be a popular item – unless you’re a female progressive and the other plaintiff in William Ayers v. University of Wyoming. Then you become a target of rage. 

One of Wyoming’s homegrown right-wing, pseudo militia men surmised, “Someone should forcibly fuck some manners” into me — now that’s how we all learn manners — because I was a “piggy pig pig.”

I get it, OK?

I totally get it.

The insult of fatness is illogical. It goes like this: I make a reasoned case for a topic and they say it’s stupid because I am fat. So? I know I am overweight. It’s like saying my arguments are wrong because my eyes are brown.  

My partner, family, friends, readers, etc. praise me for taking the high road and never firing back in the same vein. This apparently shows it doesn’t get to me. It usually doesn’t. However, it does wear me down some days. It makes me question myself when I look in the mirror. Those days, I let my stomach growl.

But no more.

I want to climb to the tallest building I can find and take the loudest bullhorn in existence, and read these comments to a crowd of women important to these men. Their grandmothers, sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, kindergarten teachers – I want them all to know what these men think is a legitimate debate tactic. I want these women to know that if they step out of line, they too could be labeled cunts, bitches, dykes, fat ugly cows. I want those women to turn to these men and shame them for their misogyny. I want them to feel pain, not sharp, but an aching hollowness – much like a hungry stomach.

I want to scream as loud as I have to for every single one of the inhabitants of the gutter to hear me: "This is a coup d’état, motherfuckers!"  

Logically, I cannot do this, but I can continue to speak. We can continue to speak. And yes, I am angry, but we have every right to be angry when just one of us is subject to cruelty.

So to you, furiously typing away anonymously into the digital unknown, to you hoping that just the right combination of slurs will unlock such devastation in a woman’s being that you no longer have to tell her to shut the fuck up: I want you to listen.

Your opinions do not define and delegitimize us women.

In order to extinguish our humanity, you disregard your own.

And yes, I am frequently hungry. I consume every filling salvo of fiery hatred and it forges my spine, motivates me to keep fighting fiercely. It makes me unbreakable. Every word is filling. It is gratifying to know that my very existence — and the collective existence of others like me — is enough for them to make complete fools of themselves both publicly and privately. It is enough for me to occupy space in their heads.

Finally, I want to know why the go-to insult for women is that we’re fat, ugly, crazy, and lesbians. And why, by that extension, non-persons. We’re non-persons deserving of violence and rape. I have been told I am too ugly to rape. As if rape is some kind of a compliment I’m missing out on daily. What gives them the right to say the absolute worst thing in the world is to be fat, a lesbian, otherwise outside their chosen standard? 

The worst thing in the world is not to be a woman, to be a lesbian, to be fat. 

That these words are slurs is an insult itself.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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The Vagina Monologues + the premiere of The Wyoming Monologues

cognitivedissonance:

The Vagina Monologues are returning to the University of Wyoming on Feb. 24th and 25th at 7 PM at the Education Auditorium. This is marvelous, but there’s something even more fantastic: It will also feature the premiere of The Wyoming Monologues on February 25th at 9 PM.

I’m sharing this for two reasons: It’s awesome, and I HAVE A FEATURED MONOLOGUE! It was one of ten chosen. My monologue, “Going Hungry,” is fifth on the list.

I’m wicked excited and would like to invite my followers to attend. It’s at the University of Wyoming Education Auditorium. You can view a campus map here or a Google map here. The other monologues are incredible. Several deal with GLBTQ issues and body image. I encourage those who can to attend. If you have a question or are attending, email me at meglanker@gmail.com. I’ll post my monologue after the production. 

Please, if you can, come attend The Vagina Monologues at 7 PM and The Wyoming Monologues at 10 PM. It’s going to be spectacular. If you can’t, please share. The proceeds from this event will benefit 93.5 KOCA FM in Laramie (a bilingual, community station - and the one that houses my radio show) and Albany County SAFE Project

Yay! Wyoming Monologues tonight!

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You should hide behind that fan Karl Lagerfeld, shame on you, for calling Adele “a little bit fat.” Who are you? What is the point of saying that? What are you trying to prove? Why are you trying to cut a bitch down? Shame shame shame.

When you say we are fat, you murder our grace, and we’ve already lost so much to begin with. We’ve already lost everything, except weight. That we gain steadily, along with self-hatred, and all you are doing is adding to our burden, pressing down on the scale with the long toe of your fine, elegantly tasseled loafer…

You consider yourself to be the authority on style, as you are supposedly style personified but what good is style when you have no class? What good is style when you have no humanity? What good is style when you make us want to kill ourselves?

We are dying, Karl. Lots of us are already dead.

Margaret Cho to Karl Lagerfeld, regarding his comments about Adele. View the post here.

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The Vagina Monologues + the premiere of The Wyoming Monologues

The Vagina Monologues are returning to the University of Wyoming on Feb. 24th and 25th at 7 PM at the Education Auditorium. This is marvelous, but there’s something even more fantastic: It will also feature the premiere of The Wyoming Monologues on February 25th at 9 PM.

I’m sharing this for two reasons: It’s awesome, and I HAVE A FEATURED MONOLOGUE! It was one of ten chosen. My monologue, “Going Hungry,” is fifth on the list.

I’m wicked excited and would like to invite my followers to attend. It’s at the University of Wyoming Education Auditorium. You can view a campus map here or a Google map here. The other monologues are incredible. Several deal with GLBTQ issues and body image. I encourage those who can to attend. If you have a question or are attending, email me at meglanker@gmail.com. I’ll post my monologue after the production. 

Please, if you can, come attend The Vagina Monologues at 7 PM and The Wyoming Monologues at 10 PM. It’s going to be spectacular. If you can’t, please share. The proceeds from this event will benefit 93.5 KOCA FM in Laramie (a bilingual, community station - and the one that houses my radio show) and Albany County SAFE Project

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Yay!

superkou:

I got hate mail from this really fat liberal chick! :D

Tumblring like a prooooo!

You didn’t get hate mail, bro. Again, what I wrote: “Unlike you, I’ll use my name. Thanks for the anon message. I was sure to publish it! Cheers!”

"Really fat?" That’s all you can go to? Love the misogyny. I’m automatically a non-person simply because you don’t find me attractive. At least I post pictures without shame. You run a blog for action figures and you want to criticize me?

Well, I’m sorry I couldn’t be aesthetically pleasing enough for you. Let me not even bother to change that for you. 

On a side note, why is it that the first resort for men on the internet, much less people in general? I have been told I am too ugly to rape. As if that were a compliment. It does wear a person down some days. It makes me question myself when I look in the mirror. Am I going to get off the internet because of it?

No. 

Your opinion does not matter. Period. It might rent space in my head for a moment, but guess what? Your opinion does not determine my future. Celebrate your “hate mail.” You want to know what else I’ve received? Threats that the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation has taken seriously enough to investigate. Insults about my weight, my looks. Declarations I should kill myself.

So if you think my message to you was hate mail, you must have patted on the head and given participation ribbons your whole life. Cheers!

Update, 11:30 PM MST: He deleted the original post. 

(via superkou-deactivated20121213)

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Touching a woman inappropriately on the first date will get you further with her than not touching her at all. Don’t let a woman’s faux indignation at your boldness sway you; they secretly love it when a man aggressively pursues what he wants and makes his sexual intentions known. You don’t have to be an asshole, but if you have no choice, being an inconsiderate asshole beats being a polite beta, every time.

"The Sixteen Commandments Of Poon" by Roissy

This blog is one of the most disgusting, misogynistic pieces of shit ever. Be warned, I’m posting a few more quotes below:

"Oh, but the fat chicks and their fatty fucking weirdo enablers just love to accuse the 99% of normal men who prefer thin hotties of lacking the courage to come out of the fatty fucker closet. Now where have we heard that insipid line of argument before? ooOOOOga! ‘In other words, Guys Who Like Fat Chicks are not make-believe. We’re out there.’ So are sheep fuckers and necrophiliacs." - Why European Girls Stay Thin

"The insistence by fatty fat fatty apologists and the misfit motley crew of "cultural conditioning" feminists that Marilyn Monroe was a plump woman… is nothing but the oinks of lying propagandists who want you to believe that men have since been somehow magically programmed to prefer anorexic chicks over their true preference for supposed chubsters like Monroe. For a long time this claim went unanswered… because loudmouthed, ugly femcunts have cowed journalists and pundits into abject submission. But now the facts are in: Marilyn Monroe was a SLENDER BABE…

The fattening of American women is a goddamned fucking TRAGEDY. It robs the country of beautiful women, and thus robs American men of tactile sexual pleasure and aesthetic visual pleasure. Game isn’t so much about being able to play the field in perpetuity as it is about navigating a shrinking dating pool of sexy slender chicks getting squeezed by an advancing army of fat chicks. It’s been written here before: as the expendable sex, men react to conditions in the sexual market; they don’t create those conditions. And right now conditions are Code Well-Fed, mothafuckaaaaaa.” - Marilyn Monroe Was Skinny

"False rape accusations seem to be on the rise. I remember reading a startling factoid somewhere that fully 50% of all rape charges are false. Can anyone dig up the data? I’d be curious if the trendline on FRAs is rising. This is not to say that alpha males never do bad shit… But women are manipulative little creatures given the right incentives, and those who aren’t in love know they can leverage a wealthy and famous alpha male’s vices into personal gain and profit. This doesn’t happen as often as it could, because women involved with alpha males are usually in love with them, the power of being alpha and the influence it has on women’s feelings being what it is. It’s the loveless whores that alphas need to be wary of. (Paging Tiger Woods.) My suggestion to alpha males: If you’re gonna fuck around with the help and the strippers, throw them a bone occasionally. Tell her she smells nice, and you smiled when you thought about her today." - DSK And False Rape Accusations

This asshole right here embodies why feminism is still necessary. The overload of misogyny and just plain hatred on his site is incredible. This is where rape culture, body hate and slut shaming is reinforced. Not that I’m suggesting anything, but he also has open comments. 

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damnitdisney:

Everything Celebrities Say About Fitness Is a Lie

Celeb fit myths exposed! Energy Kitchens everywhere! The 94 year-old daddy diet! Republicans embrace exercise! Feeble gymgoing works! Workaday workouts! Man loses weight! And your New Year’s resolution, exposed! It’s your Thursday Fitness Watch, where we watch fitness—2010 style!

  • Oh look, a group of people who are actually qualified to say things about science has released a list of the biggest celebrity-endorsed health myths. You cannot “reabsorb” your own sperm for energy. The famous syrup/ lemon/ pepper cleanse diet is bullshit. (Implied: never listen to Ashton Kutcher). The concept of “detoxing” your body is bullshit. The concept of “boosting” is bullshit. Those “hologram-embedded silicone bracelets which makers claim can improve energy and fitness” are bullshit. An easy way to remember it: if a celebrity says it, and it’s about fitness, and it doesn’t involve being a celebrity with countless hours and limitless money to dedicate to steroids, it’s bullshit, unless that “celebrity” is Gawker.com…

YES^^

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