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Beauty diversity and unlikely animal buddies.

Well this video recently surfaced in my facebook feed (thanks Gina) and I woke up singing the song and thinking of these adorable animals.  It was much more pleasant than the mental tug of war that is finding a topic for a blog post today.  And then it hit me–do a blog post about adorable animals playing with their pals.  Win. Win.

So today, I’m going to talk about body diversity.  The super cool thing about this video is how all the animals are different.  The monkey can play with the dog without telling the dog to look more like a monkey.  The dog and the dolphin can swim together without the dog having to engage in a streamlining program or getting a blow hole cut in his noggin.  And the dolphin can swim with the dog without feeling any particular need to join “Crazy LEGS(TM) a new process to grow legs in just 8 weeks!”

And it really made me think about our current standard of beauty.  It made me think about how so much of our society is shaped around the notion that if we just looked like a movie star or a beauty queen or a male stripper, everything would be just peachy keen and wonderful.  This is so silly, and so sad and so very, very wrong.  It’s a Barbie world, where all the girls should look like Barbie–tall, tiny waist, large breasts, smooth and flowing blonde hair, tiny feet and all.  Never mind that many believe that Barbie’s proportions are not only unlikely but also perhaps impossible.  (Some suggest if Barbie were an actual women, she would be 5’9″ tall, have a 39″ bust, an 18″ waist, 33″ hips and a size 3 shoe.  She would have a BMI of about 16 and would likely not menstruate.)  Yet as we’ve heard before and will undoubtedly hear again, it’s a Barbie world.

But seriously, where’s the fun in that?  It would be pretty boring if we all looked the same.  And trying to turn dogs into dolphins or vice versa could be endlessly profitable (if anybody could convince them that this needed to happen) but doesn’t seem likely to meet with any success or lead to happier canines or aquatic mammals.

So here’s to our diversity.  Here’s to our beauty in all it’s differences.  And here’s to keeping our money to go out and have a whole lot of fun with our very best buds.

Love, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)

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On Doggie Diversity

frenchiemirror copyIt’s always amazing to me, just how hard it is for people to wrap their heads around size diversity.  They readily accept that some people are tall and some people are short.  They accept that some people are good at math and some people can sing.  They understand that we come with different eye colors and different hair colors and textures and have different shoe sizes.  But when it comes to clothing sizes, when it comes to body composition–there is one size to rule them all.  And that size is small.

Why, oh why is it so hard to accept that there will be diversity in body weight and shape as well as height and color?  Some dogs are greyhounds.

GreyhoundSome dogs are pit bulls.

pitbullGreyhounds are not better than pit bulls.  They aren’t healthier.  In fact, pit bills on average live longer than greyhounds do.

No matter how much a pit bull diets, it will not be a greyhound.  It will just be a very, very thin pit bull.  The very thin pit bull will not be morally superior to other pit bulls.  It will not be healthier than other pit bulls.  In fact, it will probably be pretty sickly compared to other pit bulls and unless it is fed enough food, it will die of malnutrition and starvation.

And frankly, the notion that extremely svelte pit bulls look better in designer clothes is just a myth:

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Frankly, tiaras are for dogs of every breed:

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The reality is that the world is a place of wondrous diversity.  We come in all sizes, shapes, colors and types.  And that diversity is awesome.  It makes life interesting.  It helps us survive as a species.

doggydiversitySo instead of disparaging people who look a little different, let’s celebrate our diversity!  Then we can all run and frolic and play nice together.

Love,

The Fat Chick

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Size Diversity Soundtrack–300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy

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This week, as part of a special project I’m working on, I’ve been exploring some fat positive music.  And my goodness, I had no idea there was so much of it out there!  Makes you want to get out your MP3 player and build an epic playlist of awesomeness.  Or at least start workin’ that YouTube jam.

One of my very favorite fat positive songs and in fact one of my favorite songs of all times is THIS gem from Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows. About 25 years ago, I had the rare privilege of seeing and hearing these guys perform “300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy” live during an outdoor summer event in Milwaukee called Lakefront Festival of the Arts.  I had no idea what size acceptance was in those days.  I just knew I LOVED this song.  I mean, I loved the lyrics:

Hoy, hoy,
Baby I’m your boy
300 pounds of heavenly joy.
I’m so glad that you understand
You’ve got 300 pounds of muscle and man.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

Now all you girls think your days are done
Don’t worry baby,
You could still have fun.
Take me, baby, for your little boy
Of 300 pounds of heavenly joy.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

If you’re sneakin’ and hidin’
Then the hidin’s bad.
Then you’ve got a man that you don’t like (Aaah!)
Get that cat, baby, and please me mad
Follow me woman we’ll have a real good time.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

Hoy, hoy,
Baby I’m your boy
300 pounds of heavenly joy. (Aaah!)
I’m so glad that you understand
You’ve got 300 pounds of muscle and man.

This is it,
This is it,
Look what you get!

 

I also loved that big fat horn section wailing away–building the anticipation for Larry “Big Twist” Nolan’s arrival on stage.  And when I say building, I’m not talking about 4 bars of intro.  I’m talking about 50-60 or more bars sheer blues awesomeness.  Long enough to get the loot, go through the trap door in the stage floor, and head to the car for one of the best car chases EVAR.

And let me tell you what, Mr. Big Twist could really move.  Sporting a 3-piece, white ice cream suit, and a white fedora, the guy was just mesmerizing as he strutted, sweat and basically owned the stage.  As I boogied down in the Milwaukee/Lake Michigan sunshine, I could scarcely have imagined that I would still be rocking to this tune in my aerobics dance classes more than 20 years later.  Lord, Lord, LORDY 20 years. That’s a looonng time ago!  Yikes! I think I just might be gettin’ those old lady blues!

Love,

The Fat Chick

Warts and All: New Sources for Inspiration in Body Diversity

tumblr_mjds6nBBln1rvkvumo1_1280Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen a number of new sources for inspiration in the world of body diversity.  Of course we have new inspiration from tried and true sources like Adipositivity (BTW notoriously NSFW).  But there are some exciting new sources as well.  For example, The Body Images Project contains a number of scrumptious photos of folks of all shapes, sizes and ages.  And we’re not just talking about cellulite here.  There’s grey hairs, scars, scabs, freckles, warts and more.  And we’re also seeing some especially awesome feeds on facebook and tumblr lately, including THIS one and THIS one.

And beyond the pictures, there’s the dancing–OOOOHHHH the dancing.  Aside from the toddler dancing that I posted a few weeks ago, we have awesome dancing old ladies.  HERE’S an 88 yr. old lady who boogies down the stairs:

And there’s old ladies doing Zumba and old ladies standing proudly for portraits and there’s just bodies, all different kinds of bodies EVERYWHERE!  In a sea of previously perfectly toned and tanned and coiffed and waxed bodies, it’s so exciting to me that social media can also be a source of difference.  It seems that just now in cyberspace, I’m seeing big bodies and small bodies and smooth bodies and wrinkly bodies and white bodies and black bodies and freckly bodies and scarred bodies.  All are sacred bodies.  All are unique packages encompassing the divine.  And all I can say is, HOW DELIGHTFUL!  Rather than a one page menu of clone, drone, Barbie types, I’m seeing a bodacious BUFFET of bodies of all different kinds.  And I ask you, how can this NOT be a good thing?

So click away.  Click at links and click at cameras.  Show us your gorgeousness you cyber cuties.  And let us see how decidedly, deliciously DIFFERENT you all are!

Love,

The Fat Chick