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A Confession

Today, I read an article on Discovery news entitled, “Women’s Clothing Sizes: Is a 4 Really a 4?” and it hit a sore spot within my psyche. From the article for those of you not interested in reading it:

THE GIST

  • As Americans have grown bigger, clothing sizes have become more generous.
  • The way clothes fit has a big impact on how women feel about their bodies and themselves.
  • In general, most clothes don’t fit most people very well.

None of this is unfamiliar to us these days, but it was the last paragraph of the article, a quote from researcher Lenda Jo Connell from Auburn University, that made me decide to write a post. She said, “Research shows that women tend not to say, ‘These manufacturers need to get off it and figure out good sizing that fits the American public,” Connell said. “They say, ‘I don’t fit the average size, and there’s something wrong with me.’ I think it’s really devastating to so many people.(emphasis mine)

It IS devastating. Ellie probably can’t tell you the number of times I’ve have breakdowns in the middle of a store dressing room, or how many shirts I have that are slightly too big because it’s easier than worrying about the possibility of the little rolls on my back showing, or to hide the size and shape of my chest. I’d seriously wear super-strength sports bras all the time except I think they make me look worse than regular bras. The number 1 reason I don’t wear skirts other than when I dress up? Because it’s too much work to find shorts that will look okay under them, I don’t like the look of leggings, and spanx are too uncomfortable to wear unless I have to.I’ve essentially stopped wearing shorts because I’m so mentally and physically uncomfortable in them when I sit or walk. I try to avoid button-down blouses just in case there is gaping. I can’t go shopping alone because I will second, third, and fourth guess everything until I’m in a panic.

I’ll admit that I loathe my body. You name a part, and I hate it, except my eyes. Those are the 2 things on my entire body that can be seen without machines that don’t make me want to cry when looking at them. And I even want to replace those by getting Lasik.

Am I hideous? No, and I realize there are people out there with bigger problems, but it doesn’t make mine any less difficult to live with. I also know that I’m not alone, which makes me feel a little better, but fails to solve the problem, which is continually perpetuated and reinforced by media and designers.

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The Fantasy World: Mapped for Your Geographical Pleasure

DAN METH - The Fantasy World Map

 

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More Badge Collecting

Considering I recently made a post about collecting badges as an adult, I could not pass up making a post about a new site I just found.

One of the social networking sites I belong to is Foursquare–this is a location-based check-in site, and one can earn virtual badges based off of a number of factors, like type of venue, how often you go a specific place, etc. Today, I was on The Kruser checking out the newest update on Foursquare badges (seriously, I can’t recommend this site enough if you play Foursquare) when I decided to explore a little (since I’m bored out of my skull here at WIT) and stumbled upon Untapped–a BEER-BASED check in social networking site! Their tagline is “Drink Socially.”

I have to admit I’m intrigued, especially since we’re in the middle of Anthesteria, a festival devoted to Dionysos, opening new wine, flowers and the deceased (the last 2 have nothing to do with this post, but are very important parts of the festival). And, it might expand my beer horizons. But then I get into the whole idea of “Do I really want to make sure I’m checking in each time a drink a beer?” Maybe if others start playing, I will too since I’d be able to compare notes. Otherwise, I might get bored.

Semi-related, when Jere and I go to NYC at the end of the month, we’re going to be on a mission to collect as many of the related Foursquare badges as we can. I can’t wait!

 

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Merit Badges for Everyone

Merit Badge for being busy as a bee

This is the greatest thing ever! People love to earn badges–it’s one of the things people remember most about having been in Girl or Boy Scouts. I saw a short article about this on Neatorama this afternoon and went on an Etsy search–there are TONS of them out there!!

Here are a couple more I found:

But Etsy isn’t the only place to get badges for yourself and friends (click the images to go to the sites):

Mama Merit Badges

Nerd Merit Badges

Demetitwear Patches

Boy Scout Store--not affiliated with BSA

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Hello Soapbox, How Have You Been?

As much as I disagree with the BSA’s policy on homosexuals and think it should change, I do NOT agree with the way this man is going about changing the policy. In short, he is an openly gay male that enrolled his son in a troop and himself as a leader. Once it was discovered that he’s gay, he was asked to leave the troop and cease wearing his uniform.

My issue with all of this isn’t that he was kicked out of the BSA. My real issue is that this guy is exploiting his son to make a statement. Their stance on homosexuals is no secret. As a gay man, he obviously knew this, so why did he A) enroll his son in a troop and B) sign up as a leader if it wasn’t in order to be kicked out and raise a stink? There are plenty of youth groups that have non-discrimination policies.

The poor kid now has to live with a bigger stigma than he faced as the son of a homosexual. The act of being kicked out of the troop reinforces the idea that his father is somehow a bad person in the minds of both him and his friends. And now he is considering leaving the BSA, which has to be a disappointment both because of what’s been done to his father and also because he would be leaving something he enjoys.

There are better ways to fight an injustice than to involve your child.

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