Monday Blogaround

5 10 2009

Here are some things that popped up on my feminist radar:

What Counts as Real Rape? – More from Gwen on the Roman Polanski case

Concerns About Racism Are “Weird” – The trivialization and dismissal of racism by saying “it’s weird”

US Fence Causes Increase in Border Deaths – Today marks the 15th anniversary of the poorly misguided border strategy known as Operation Gatekeeper

Childbirth at the Global Crossroads – The implications of surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology on women in the “developing” world

End the War in Afghanistan – Peter Rothberg’s lists ways you can help end the war in Afghanistan

Fiona Pilkington inquest: how ableism can lead to suicide – ableism has been instituted and normalized in our society, thus marginalizing and erasing certain existences

Woody’s To Face Boycott – The Fairness Campaign is calling for a boycott of Woody’s Tavern at 4 PM Tuesday

My Weight – Stomp out weight bigotry and fatism. As Joy Nash says, “Tell people how much you weigh. It’s just a stinking number.”

Reclaim the Night (For Cis Women Only) and the London Cis Feminism Network – Feminism is not fully functional if it excludes trans people

Activist Modus Operandi: Methods of Communication – a great post from Genderbitch on activism for marginalized groups and tips on how to be an effective activist

“The woman on page 194”

30 08 2009

Page 194 of the September issue of Glamour magazine features a picture of 20-year old Lizzi Miller, “size 12-14 and an avid softball player/belly dancer.” Given that the average American woman is a size 12-14, Miller is normal, although she is considered a plus-size model. She’s pictured sitting in her underwear with a huge smile on her face, accompanying an article about body confidence, entitled “What Everyone But You Sees About Your Body.”

Lizzie Miller, the woman on page 194

Lizzi Miller, the woman on page 194

This picture has generated an influx of fan mail to Glamour‘s mailbox. One reader from Pavo, Georgia said that Miller’s picture is “the most amazing photograph I’ve ever seen in any women’s magazine. Another reader from Somerset, Massachusetts wrote in saying: “This beautiful woman has a real stomach and did I even see a few stretch marks? This is how my belly looks after giving birth to my two amazing kids! This photo made me want to shout from the rooftops.”

Of all the acclaim her photo’s gotten, Miller says:

When I read them I got teary-eyed! I’ve been that girl, flipping through magazines trying to find just one person who looked a little bit like me. And when I didn’t find it I would start to think there’s something wrong with the way that I looked. When J. Lo and Beyoncé came out and were making curves sexy, I started to accept myself more. It’s funny, but just seeing them look and feel sexy enabled me to do the same.

It is great that Glamour is pushing for size-acceptance and featuring real, normal looking women instead of models, because the reality of it is that most women do not look like models you see in the magazines or on television. From a Glamour blog post:

So let’s start off this week with something we can all get behind: a toast to the woman on p. 194, and to the spectacular sexiness of owning who you are. Trust me, Glamour‘s listening, and this only strengthens our commitment to celebrating all kinds of beauty.

Let’s hope that Glamour is listening and will continue to feature women who do not necessarily fit under hegemonic standards of beauty. Check out The 5 Ways Glamour Undermines Its Size 12 Self Acceptance Message for more thoughts on this.