Archive for May, 2010

Language and “safe space”

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Why do we like the word “fat” so much? Why is the language we use so critical? Where did “death fat” come from? What is safe space and why should you give a crap? These questions and more are approached and discussed and maybe even answered in this episode.

Links mentioned in this episode:

“Death fat” in Newsweek

On FWD: Disability is not your analogy

“Hey Ladies”, Beastie Boys

The music heard in this episode is by Brad Sucks.

Differences are not divisive

Monday, May 24th, 2010

This here is a short, supplemental episode in which Marianne and I further break it down on the subject of whether acknowledging differences between various levels and experiences of fatness is a bad or exclusionary thing.

A hint: we think not.

A full new episode, on the subjects of language and “safe space”, will go live later this week.

The music heard in this episode is by Diablo Swing Orchestra.

Minisode: Goth Memories

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Before and after every recording, Marianne and I talk for at least as long as the resulting podcast (often longer), and sometimes these scattered conversations are also interesting in themselves. Here is a short snippet (i.e. “minisode”!) of Marianne and I discussing our goth pasts and the fatshion challenges we faced.

The music heard in this minisode is by Hungry Lucy.

Fatshion! Part 2 (i.e., Turn to the right.)

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

This here is part two of our extensively longwinded conversation about plus sizes and fatshion, in which we have some more specific thoughts about class and access as they relate to clothing a plus-sized body. Also: Igigi may or may not be overrated, and Marianne wants to discuss America’s Next Top Model.

Yes, this is another long one. We promise to try to keep them to an hour henceforth.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Childhood obesity article, mostly here for the picture and caption

Crystal Renn’s memoir, Hungry You Can’t Bully Me Out of My Skinny Jeans, and Tights are Tights


Fatness and Uplift: Not a Post about Push Up Bras

Steel Toe Studios

V Magazine’s Size Issue

America’s Next Top Model

Skinny Jeans Tutorial

The music heard in this episode is by Musetta.

Fatshion! Part 1 (i.e., Turn to the left.)

Friday, May 14th, 2010

We’d planned on having a fairly directed conversation about where plus sizes begin, and why fatshion is political. But somewhere along the line it turned into Marianne and I discussing the Lane Bryant lingerie ad, and then both of us unleashing our still-smoldering rage on the subject of Old Navy pulling plus sizes out of their stores (it’s not that their clothes are so great, y’all — it’s the PRINCIPLE).

Hence, this is part one of another two-parter. Part two will be released in the middle of next week.

Perfectionist note: I am still working on getting a better sound quality given the limitations of Skype, and truth be told I’m still not thrilled with the sound on this recording or the subsequent one. I think I may have found a way to improve it, so fingers crossed that the next will be amazing….er.

Links mentioned in this episode:

The Fatshionista Livejournal community


The “banned” Lane Bryant lingerie commercial

Tom Jones “Sex Bomb” music video

We are purposely not linking to Old Navy.

The music heard in this episode was by Revolution Void.

The Doctor, Part 2

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

In this episode, Marianne and I continue our discussion of last week on The Doctor. Marianne answers a listener question, we regale y’all with more amusing personal anecdotes, and we also offer some Helpful Tips to healthcare professionals on dealing with fat patients.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Fat-Friendly Health Professionals List

The music used in this episode is by Alo Django.

The Doctor, Part 1

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

In this episode, Marianne and I discuss The Doctor — the medical doctor, not the kind with the TARDIS — and some of the common pitfalls of being a fat person seeking quality preventative care. We also talk about why it’s important to learn to advocate for yourself and your health in the doctor’s office.

Fatcast is currently being featured on iTunes as a New and Noteworthy podcast! Swell!

We’re still hashing out the sound (i.e. Marianne needs a NASA headset), and Skype was being a jerk for this one, but we’re seeing improvements! Thanks so much for all the excellent props and support.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Amplestuff (hospital gowns, etc.)

Letter to a doctor by Hanne Blank

Office of the US Surgeon General

Bartleby, the Scrivener (blame Marianne for this one)

The music used in this episode is by Wasaru.