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Posts from — July 2009

Happy Hair Day

A video entry for this Friday:

July 31, 2009   3 Comments

Find Your HAPPY Weight — Nourish.Create.Bloom. blog

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I love what Kathianne Williams is doing with her blog Nourish.Create.Bloom. She promotes the notion of a “happy” weight, which she defines as:

  • a weight where you feel comfortable and confident
  • a weight that supports your health and happiness
  • a weight you can reach and maintain without extreme measures

Finding your happy weight may include more than changing the way you look. It may involve changing the way you see.

One way that she encourages women to ‘change the way we see’ is through art projects. I had the great pleasure of visiting her Atlanta studio, and I’ve included a video clip of the experience.

Have you used art (or dance or music) to change the way you see?

July 29, 2009   2 Comments

More To Love — A love/hate relationship

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I can tell that I am going to have a love/hate relationship with this show.

I teared up as I watched the girls get out of the limos, beautifully coiffured in gorgeous gowns. (I have the same reaction when I see Mo’Nique’s Phat Chance). When do you get to see big girls looking beautiful on television? It impacts me in a visceral way.

I followed along on Twitter as the show played, and the response was generally negative. However, it is a reality show, and I found a lot of the complaints about the show could be made about The Bachelor, too.

Will I keep watching? Absolutely. If for no other reason than to see what they are wearing.

So, here’s what I loved and what I hated. Love to hear your take.

Love:

Seeing so many, beautiful, voluptuous women. And they’ve had the full Hollywood treatment–gorgeous clothes, styled hair and makeup.

Love, love:

Hearing a man tell big, beautiful women that he finds them PHYSICALLY attractive. And clearly, he does.

Hate:

I hate the premise of these shows–a group of women fighting for the attention of one man.

Hate:

Do they have to show the weight of the women, EVERY TIME? They would never do this with thin women.

Hate/hate:

Promise rings? Don’t these girls deserve roses, too?

Hate:

The notion that this show is the only chance these girls will ever have to find love.

July 28, 2009   12 Comments

Are you planning to watch “More to Love”?

Tonight is the premiere of “More to Love,” the new dating competition show for “real” people. If you follow this blog, then you know that I helped promote the casting of the show here in Atlanta. There’s been a lot of talk about whether this show is empowering or exploitative. This was my primary concern when deciding on whether or not to encourage women to try out for the show. The pitch was this: the producers of “The Bachelor” are creating a version of the show with “real” women.

Now, I’m not a fan of “The Bachelor” or any of the dating competition shows, especially when women are pitted against one another to win the attention of one man. I hate the whole, “Pick me, pick me” energy. However, these shows, especially “The Bachelor,” are extremely popular. Why not open the show to the big girls?

I haven’t seen the premiere, but from the commercials, it is clear that we are going to see plus-size women lamenting the role that body size has played in their dating lives. However, on all of these programs, the one’s that are almost exclusively size-2s, don’t the skinny women lament their dating woes, how hard it is to find true love? It looks like the producers are following the exact same format.

I’m excited to see curvy women looking beautiful on television. The participants are in evening gowns, with perfect hair and makeup. When do we ever get to see that?

The most interesting part of the story to me is the origin of the concept. When The Biggest Loser first aired, the powers-that-be in the entertainment world thought that 1.) no one would want to watch a show comprised entirely of fat people, and 2). no one would relate sympathetically to the participants. They were completely wrong. So now, thanks to The Biggest Loser, no friend to the big folks of the world, we now have a program that features a cast that is “curvy,” but the emphasis is not on weight loss.

It will be interesting to see how the program is received.

July 28, 2009   3 Comments

The Summer of Curvy Television–Are You Watching?

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Until this summer, the only places to see plus-size women in “starring” roles was on the Discovery Health Channel in one of the myriad of “Super-Obese” stories or on the Biggest Loser.

However, if you look at your television schedule for this week you’ll see:

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

Ruby (Style)

Dance Your Ass Off (Oxygen)

More to Love (Fox)

Queen Sized (Lifetime)

Are you watching these shows? What’s your take?

I love Ruby–even though the premise of the show is her weight loss, I think that Ruby is showing the world that a (very) plus-size person can have a full life. She has such a joie-de-vivre about her life, has rich relationships with friends, and never became house-bound or afraid to engage in the world. She may have been physically limited by her size, but she never seems to have been emotionally bound by it. When at nearly 400-lbs she jumped on the back of a Harley and cruised all over Savannah, Ruby became my shero.

Have any favorites?

July 28, 2009   2 Comments

Jennifer Weiner — Engaging, Empowering, Entertaining

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Jennifer Weiner is currently on a 10-city book tour promoting her latest novel, Best Friends Forever. We had a chance to see her at her Atlanta signing, and it was an absolute treat. She was gregarious, entertaining, engaging, and hilarious. The signing was held in the middle of a Borders, and as she spoke, a crowd gathered around the perimeter of the seating area, many unaware of who she was, just to enjoy the show.

There was a gentleman in line behind us with a couple of books in hand, and someone asked if he was a fan. He replied, “Never heard of her. But listening to her now, I’ve decided to get books for my wife and daughter.” No doubt he was influenced by her positive energy and wanted to share that with the women in his life.

If you are in any of the following cities, I highly recommend that you check her out.

Saturday, July 18th: St. Louis, The Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road 8 PM

Sunday, July 19: Framingham, MA: Barnes & Noble, 1 Worcester Road, 3 p.m.

Monday, July 20: Lincolnshire, IL, Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, 7 p.m. (The event is free, but you have to register for tickets ahead of time, which you can do by clicking here).

Tuesday, July 21: El Cerrito, Barnes and Noble El Cerrito, (El Cerrito Plaza), 7:00 pm

Wednesday, July 22: San Francisco, Book Passage Bookstore in the San Francisco Ferry Building (1 Ferry Building, #42), 8:00 pm

July 18, 2009   4 Comments