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April 6, 2008

Bit and Pieces From the Fatosphere

Filed under: This Week In Fat Blogging — Twistie @ 4:10 pm

It’s a big, beautiful blogosphere out there, my friends, and I thought it might be fun today to share a couple of the highlights I’ve read in the last few days.

Kate Harding over at Shapely Prose has an interesting article about who the villian really is in an episode of Dr. Who (moderate spoilers for an episode that has not yet been aired in the US, so proceed at your own risk…but I’m a complete spoilerphobe and don’t feel it was ruined for me).

Fatgrrl has a cry from the heart for Lane Bryant to remember not all fat women are shaped the same way…and she’s coming at it from the small-busted perspective. Sing it, B-cup sisters! I am one of you.

Rachel at The F-Word has a sometimes amusing, more often infuriating look at articles and ads from the fifties about weight and women. Isn’t it illuminating to know that women gain their extra weight from “constantly nibbling candy and nuts and cake and cookies between meals and in addition to their regular meals” and therefore should be deeply ashamed, whereas men shouldn’t mind a bit of a spare tire, since they get them from meats, gravies, alcohol and inactivity. Seriously, after reading that I needed a drink and I’m a lifelong teatotaller.

Junkfood Science neatly dissects a recently ballyhooed report on longer hospital stays for fat new mothers.

If you’ve seen something important or amusing in the wonderful world of fat blogging, I’d love to hear about it, too.


  1. You forgot to talk about this:

    Comment by Jen — April 6, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  2. I am one of the small boobed. Sigh. Trying to find bras is a pain in the tush, and a large majority of LB tops fit me oddly. On the other hand, I have the shoulders of a line backer, so sometimes when I find a shirt that fits me in the shoulders, it hangs off me like a tent.

    I need to learn to sew…

    Comment by Krista — April 6, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  3. Wait, there’s another side to that coin – what about us big girls with really huge boobs? I wear a 40JJ (no, that doesn’t really exist most of the time), and I can’t really fit in LB’s I-cup (largest) bras, which incidentally are not available in stores. (Though I have a lot of B-cup big girl friends, which is why there are usually not many in stores– they sell out like whoa.)

    I also wind up having to buy tops and jackets in a 22 or 24 when my waist is an 18 or 20, which inevitably makes me look HUGE. Don’t even get me started on the empire-waist tops, *all* of which have the seam going right across, not under, my chest… unless it’s a 28, in which case the shoulder seams come halfway to my elbows and I could almost wear the top as a dress… or a $40 sleep shirt. ::sigh::

    Also, good recent blog post from the “fatosphere”:

    Comment by VerseFameBeauty — April 6, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  4. Isn’t it amazing how much we have learned to hate our bodies? I blame the separation of fat and thin. There is Lane Bryant next to the 0 thru 5 store (ok it’s called 5-7-9 but lets get real…these are now considered fat sizes!) VFB I’ve always wanted your problem! So much easier to nip in a waist than to explain why there is 5 extra yards of fabric where boobs are suppose to be. And I really, really , really like my undies to match my bra. Being a tiny boobed (36 or 38 B) apple with a size 16 to 18 pant, this isn’t possible unless buying the “nude” bra and approximately same colored support panties at a W*** or K* Mart. Or more fun, running between the plus department and misses department at a mall store. I want pretty matching lacy stuff! Dammit! And if a man wants to date a BBW, it’s often for the assumption of Big Boobs! You never hear of the guys discussing the “awesome fine pot belly on that chick!” ?

    Comment by Jennie — April 7, 2008 @ 1:30 am

  5. First, how come, even though I’ve NEVER been there, when I try to go to ‘the f-word’…it says I’m BANNED??! That’s all that comes up “you are banned.” Nothing else on a white page. :(

    Secondly, I am quite busty and usually cannot find anything at Lane Bryant that WILL cover my chest appropriately without being miles and miles too large everywhere else – I wear a 20 for my chest and a 16 for the rest of me! And I’ve never found a button down blouse that won’t gap and also won’t be two sizes too large.

    And the last time I was there a saleswoman even started to ARGUE with me about what size my chest is. I finally lifted my shirt and asked if it looked like my bra fit me*. She said yes, so I said “PLEASE READ THE TAG”.
    When she saw that it said 38G she understood why I kept telling her that the DD bras just wouldn’t fit.
    “Oh, you didn’t look that big.”

    Well. that’s why I TOLD you. Going up a bandsize and down a cupsize also is useless, it doesn’t make a bra fit! GRRRR.

    *I was in the dressing room mind you, not on the sales floor…

    Comment by De — April 7, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  6. De, I have the EXACT same problem as you, and I feel your pain. 36DDD is almost big enough, so I sometimes just buy that size and pretend it fits because it is soooo hard to find something that really does. And I do not have a single buttondown shirt in my closet. So sad.

    Comment by Chiken — April 7, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  7. Ladies, it does look as if Dress by Design, mentioned this week in the blog, might be what you need.

    And for those aspiring to sew, there’s no reason you can’t copy something that fits you, once you actually have it, and make copies of it yourself.

    I really, really, really suggest the Dress by Design; better fewer clothes that actually fit, than a batch of “almosts.”

    Comment by La BellaDonna — April 7, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

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