WANG opposes valuing women based on how they look, rather than who they are and what they do. WANG also opposes the prohibitive and narrow beauty standards imposed on women that reflect racist, heteronormative, capitalist, sexist, ageist, cissexist and disableist ideologies.

Women everywhere are expected to conform: to remove their body hair, to wear make-up yet look ‘natural’. To diet, and to wear restrictive clothing. All in order to be considered acceptable, respectable and feminine. If you support women's choice to refuse these regulatory practices, then join WANG! It's not just for the unshaven and undeodorised but for anyone who believes that women should not be reduced to how they look, and that conventional beauty techniques aren't the only route to attractive and socially worthwhile people. People of any/no gender are welcome too, and we support all struggles against the pressure to conform to hegemonic representations.

This tumblr is no longer affiliated with WANG the facebook group.

 

Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume.

Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via inextinguishabledesires)

Like the Exceptional Woman, who exists somewhere between a woman who explicitly seeks to uphold the Patriarchy and a fully-fledged feminist, the Good Fatty is someone who exists somewhere between the fat person with desperate desire to be thin and a fully-fledged radical fatty. It’s a space many of us tend to occupy on our way to freedom, when we know we want more, but haven’t quite jettisoned the self-loathing, or self-doubt, or shame, or willingness to offend in defense of our own humanity, in order to seek community.

Playing the Good Fatty might entail talking about how you totally eat healthy all the time, or totally work out regularly, or totally have “great numbers” (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.), or totally make sure you wear clothes that aren’t too revealing.

It’s basically saying: I’m not one of THOSE fatties. You know, the ones we’re always hearing about, with their eating whole pizzas and destroying the healthcare system and stuff.

The transition from Good Fatty to Radical Fatty is when you decide it doesn’t matter why someone is fat. That fat people’s rights aren’t contingent on anything else but our humanity.

bjornwilde:

tzun:

gradientlair:

Obviously she’s Wonder Woman. I mean, look at this pose alone. 

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Damn right they do!

bjornwilde:

tzun:

gradientlair:

Obviously she’s Wonder Woman. I mean, look at this pose alone. 

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Damn right they do!

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marialuisa-pr:

gynocraticgrrl:

Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

bolding mine

Hatred of pop neuroscience spewing out. Bikinis do not inspire anything because they are bikinis, they inspire things because of the context surrounding them. Women in bikinis are portrayed in certain ways. The way that women pose/are posed, and the camera angles, and the surrounding environment, and the way they are treated in society and media are objectifying  -  bikinis are intrinsically nothing. The brain is the most plastic organ in the body - it changes depending on what it learns. We learn to see scantily clad women as objects.

Talking about brains makes nothing more certain or intrinsic or innate. 

The anger of feminist who studied neuroscience at undergrad and philosophy of cognitive science at postgrad knows no bounds.

Plus the idea that clothes that cover you up more are ‘modest’ suggests that a woman’s naked body is something immodest. Another pet peeve. 

This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.

You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.

You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom.

Dr. Amos N. Wilson explaining racism and predicting the future almost twenty years ago (early 90’s).

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izr1wxUgB-Q&list=PLBhR-EIi2zEVp8z25b8z7jIkUG7kJv2H1&index=14

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

lovethyfatness:

fatbodypolitics:

fatbodypolitics:

lovethyfatness:

Trust me— you need to click through and watch the trailer for this documentary. 

Watch the trailer! Donate and share!!

After last night and all of the hate being sent about this documentary it seems like the best time to support this film. Fuck the trolls.
Click here to find out what happened last night and report the account doing it.

Ultra sad this is happening. Though it highlights the necessity and importance of fat activism and projects like this documentary. If you’ve not yet contributed, don’t let this deter you— take it as a challenge, and lift a middle finger at the asshats trying to scare this project into not being funded.
(And for those of you who don’t know what doxing is: it’s making public the private [contact] information of targeted people with the intent to [incite others to] harass them.)
Ragen Chastain also wrote about this topic here.

lovethyfatness:

fatbodypolitics:

fatbodypolitics:

lovethyfatness:

Trust me— you need to click through and watch the trailer for this documentary.

Watch the trailer! Donate and share!!

After last night and all of the hate being sent about this documentary it seems like the best time to support this film. Fuck the trolls.

Click here to find out what happened last night and report the account doing it.

Ultra sad this is happening. Though it highlights the necessity and importance of fat activism and projects like this documentary. If you’ve not yet contributed, don’t let this deter you— take it as a challenge, and lift a middle finger at the asshats trying to scare this project into not being funded.

(And for those of you who don’t know what doxing is: it’s making public the private [contact] information of targeted people with the intent to [incite others to] harass them.)

Ragen Chastain also wrote about this topic here.

Anonymous asked
hi! i shaved my stomach when I was younger and now the hairs are dark. I used nair on it but there a little black/brown dots all over it. As they grew out a bit I tried to pluck them but the dots are still there. what should I do?

Hi Anon,

I’m not sure what you can do.

As a body acceptance blog I’m tempted to say that you could try and learn to accept them.

But if you don’t want to do that, or can’t, I’m not really sure what gets rid of black dot. If the black dots are the hair follicles maybe hair electrolysis is possible? Not sure if anyone has any other advice.

If the hair follicle is completely out, which is likely if you’ve plucked the hairs, then I don’t know what you could do other than cover them up e.g. with foundation….

ethiopienne:

CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, and Dean Spade: Police & prisons don’t keep us safe—we keep each other safe

pizzafemme:

embrace double chins and fat arms and double bellies and thunder thighs 2k14

Women are told it is unfeminine and gross to have muscles and to cultivate strength, which in turn leads them to actively avoid doing things that will build muscles and strength, which then makes them even less capable of doing things that require strength, which the critics then use as proof of women’s inherent physical frailty. And so the cycle continues…

Women’s difficulty with pull-ups is about more than biology | Fit and Feminist (via rememo)

And I always want to point out here: women, on average, possess more lower-body strength, while men, on average, possess more upper-body strength. There’s a lot of overlap and it isn’t always individually applicable, but that’s the generalization, averaging across the population.

But we SOCIALLY value upper-body strength, and upper-body muscles. So we construct women as weaker, because we refuse to measure them on the body parts where they may be stronger, we devalue those.

Lifting is mostly done with the legs. So women may be as good or better at heavy lifting as men. But we socially construct lifting as having to do with large, muscular arms and chests. You don’t really need powerful arms and chests to lift—you need powerful thighs, otherwise you’re gonna throw your back out. We actually lie about what makes a person strong and capable to favor men.

Push-up and pull-ups are upper-body strength exercises. So they’re socially valued. The military doesn’t tell you to do 20 squats as penance. No one is fucking impressed by all the squats you can do. Squats just sound stupid, hah, squats. We laugh at them because women might be better at them than men, on average. They’re worthless.

(via iknewiwouldregretthis)

This stuff plays into all sorts of other body image problems, too. The body weight that’s regarded as ideal for women, for example, is really only achievable for individuals suffering from mild to moderate muscular atrophy. You literally can’t get there just by shedding fat - you also have to let your muscles waste away. We actually regard it as “normal” for a woman to be suffering from muscular atrophy.

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I am always amazed that cis people can talk about this problem without once mentioning transmisogyny.
The most significant part of my transition, and the one that improved my ability to be read as cis the most, was losing two stone in muscle mass. I had to quit my job as a martial arts instructor and rein back my training hugely and it’s making me miserable, but cis people seem utterly incapable of not treating me like shit for having muscles.
And let’s be honest when have you ever heard a cis woman not follow up the phrase ‘I don’t want to put on too much muscle’ with ‘I don’t want to look manly/like a tr***y’?

(via terribaeddel-magpie)

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