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Mostly-cis, fat ,middle aged, bisexual, disabled, white femme. My hobby is seeing how many years I can add to my collection before I die.

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Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) by Smithsonian Institution on Flickr.Via Flickr:Subject: Van Wagenen, Gertrude 1893-
       Yale UniversityType: Black-and-white photographsTopic: Biology
     Women scientistsLocal number: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2010-0354]Summary: Biologist Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) served on the faculty at Yale and did pioneering studies of rhesus monkeysCite as: Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution ArchivesPersistent URL:Link to data base recordRepository:Smithsonian Institution ArchivesView more collections from the Smithsonian Institution.

Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) by Smithsonian Institution on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Subject: Van Wagenen, Gertrude 1893-
       Yale University

Type: Black-and-white photographs

Topic: Biology
     Women scientists

Local number: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2010-0354]

Summary: Biologist Gertrude Van Wagenen (1893-1978) served on the faculty at Yale and did pioneering studies of rhesus monkeys

Cite as: Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Persistent URL:Link to data base record

Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives

View more collections from the Smithsonian Institution.

Questionnaire for my disseration based on Plus Size and the motivations for blogging and the impact of the Fatosphere

doesmyblogmakemelookfat:

I will be doing a draw at the end and giving away vouchers for a retail store of your choice worth £20 to one lucky winner (only if you enter your blog details at the end) please reblog this! i want as many people as possible participating.

Obesity Timebomb: Call for Papers: Special Issue of Fat Studies on Visual Representation

Visual representations should be taken to include any and all forms of visual media, including, but not limited to: photography, the ‘fine’ arts, mass media imagery, film, live performance, museum installations, posters, and ephemera. Submissions do not need to be bound by historical timeline or cultural boundaries, but please be culturally- and historically-specific in your analyses. Fat Studies analyses do not need to be restricted to particular body sizes or shapes; Fat Studies approaches can examine numerous ways in which body weight, size, and shape might have particular social meaning – and in the case of this special issue of the journal, particular visual significance.

Potential topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of visual representations in teaching Fat Studies
  • Intersections of body size, race, class, sexuality, gender, and other forms of cultural identification in television shows such as: Roseanne, The Gilmore Girls, Huge, Drop Dead Diva, Dollhouse, The Biggest Loser, Glee, Mike and Molly, etc.
  • Nineteenth and twentieth century advertisements for fattening and/or dieting products
  • The use of visual media to represent ‘the obesity epidemic’
  • Moving beyond the “rubenesque” in paintings of fat subjects

To submit a proposal for inclusion in this special issue of the journal, please send a 250-500 word summary of your article as well as a current CV to Stefanie Snider, at Snider.Stefanie@gmail.com by July 1, 2012. Any questions about the special issue can be directed to this email address as well.

(via These are the Fat FAQs | LoveLiveGrow)
You aren’t serious about this “diets don’t work” thing, are you?
Completely serious. Diets don’t work. By diet, I mean anything you are doing to fuck with your eating habits in order to lose weight. Even if you’re fucking with your food to lose weight “for your health”, that’s still a diet. If you’re calling your attempt to lose weight a “lifestyle change” or “eating better and exercising”, it’s still a diet. Whenever attempted weight-loss is studied, the results are a resounding failure. The researchers say things like, “It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate.”

(via These are the Fat FAQs | LoveLiveGrow)

You aren’t serious about this “diets don’t work” thing, are you?

Completely serious. Diets don’t work. By diet, I mean anything you are doing to fuck with your eating habits in order to lose weight. Even if you’re fucking with your food to lose weight “for your health”, that’s still a diet. If you’re calling your attempt to lose weight a “lifestyle change” or “eating better and exercising”, it’s still a diet. Whenever attempted weight-loss is studied, the results are a resounding failure. The researchers say things like, “It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate.”

Ah the obesity epidemic. The media can’t get enough of talking about it, now we have HBO partnering with all kinds of (heavily lobbied) government organizations who are producing the documentary “The Weight of a Nation” to focus more attention on it – to really whip us into a warring frenzy. I’ll talk more about the documentary in the upcoming days, but today I have some questions.

Call for research participants

My name is Ava Kanyeredzi and I am a doctoral candidate at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University under the supervision of Professor Liz Kelly. My PhD research examines how African and Caribbean heritage women seek help for violence and how violence affects their relationship to their bodies.

At this stage of my project, I am recruiting and carrying out life history interviews with black women who have used violence support services such as helplines or refuges. If this is something that interests you and you would like to share your experience, I would really appreciate your participation.

Please contact Ava at avk0021[at]my.londonmet.ac.uk or visit www.theknowing.info for further details. Your participation is entirely voluntary and confidential. This study has been approved by the London Metropolitan University Research Ethics Committee.

Color blind racial ideology linked to higher instances of racist thought processes

tranqualizer:

sourcedumal:

From the link:

“If you subscribe to a color-blind racial ideology, you don’t think that race or racism exists, or that it should exist,” Tynes said. “You are more likely to think that people who talk about race and racism are the ones who perpetuate it. You think that racial problems are just isolated incidents and that people need to get over it and move on. You’re also not very likely to support affirmative action, and probably have a lower multi-cultural competence.”

Let it be known: Color blind racial ideology makes you less likely to recognize racism and thus more likely to accept racism.

COLOR BLIND RACIAL IDEOLOGY MAKES YOU LESS LIKELY TO RECOGNIZE RACISM AND THUS MORE LIKELY TO ACCEPT RACISM.

The CoBRAS was positively related to other indexes of racial attitudes as well as 2 measures of belief in a just world, indicating that greater endorsement of color-blind racial attitudes was related to greater levels of racial prejudice and a belief that society is just and fair.

COLOR BLIND RACIAL IDEOLOGY MAKES YOU LESS LIKELY TO RECOGNIZE RACISM AND THUS MORE LIKELY TO ACCEPT RACISM.

White people, your own fucking science is AGAINST YOU. Sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up. When you say you are color blind, you are telling POC that YOU ARE RACIST.

werk~

UK Study Examines Unique Challenges For Bisexual Community

stfubiphobia:

ishachan:

A new report out of Britain’s Open University last week looks at the unique challenges facing the bisexual community and the compounding impact of homophobia and biphobia. A meta-analysis of various studies found that bisexual people face a higher risk of mental health problems — such as depression, anxiety, self harm, and suicidal thinking — than even gays and lesbians. This is because people who are bi face distinct forms of stereotypes and exclusion that come from both the straight and gay communities. Here are a selection of some of the recommendations the study makes for combating biphobia:

  • Separate biphobia out from homophobia, recognising that there are specific issues facing bisexual people such as lack of acknowledgement of their existence, stereotypes of greediness or promiscuity, and pressure to be either gay or straight.
  • Recognise the role that biphobia and bisexual invisibility play in creating negative outcomes for bisexual people.
  • Recognise that bisexual people are also subject to homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity.
  • Tackle biphobic hate crime by separating out the experiences of bisexual people in national surveys, examining bisexual-specific experiences, and particularly addressing sexual assault.
  • Specifically target bisexual youth in sexual health campaigns, rather than subsuming them in lesbian and gay categories. Any restrictions relating to sexual health, such as the donation of blood, should be around safety of sexual practices engaged in rather than the genders or sexual identities of those involved.

The full report is worth a read, as it includes the testimony of many bisexual people and a helpful discussion for understanding the identity’s many possible variations. Given researchers are still wasting time on whether bisexuality even exists — it does — further examination for the unique experiences of bi people can further an understanding of all people’s sexualities and the way society treats them. (HT: Jane Fae.)

The bolds are fantastic.

The Bisexuality Report is finally here!

Bisexuality Report coverThe Open University has published The Bisexuality Report, bringing together the best research about bi life in the UK today. Its production is a collaboration between three national groups: the academic & research group BiUK; visibility project Bisexual Index; and bisexual magazine Bi Community News.

The full report is available online here on the Bisexual Index website.

The Fat Grackle: Quotes regarding Fat and Research

thefatgrackle:

“The implications were clear. There is a reason that fat people cannot stay thin after they diet and that thin people cannot stay fat when they force themselves to gain weight. The body’s metabolism speeds up or slows down to keep weight within a narrow range. Gain weight and the metabolism can as…