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Goodbye WordPress, Hello vivafat.com

17 Jan

I’ve decided to stop blogging here. Why? Because I want a blog without weight-loss ads and similar stuff.

I mean, WordPress told me when I signed up that they might put ads on this free blog, but I was stupid enough not to figure out in advance what kind of ads would show. I don’t hate ads in general, I just don’t want Google ads with diet advertisements after my posts.

So, you can find me now here:  http://vivafat.com

Still the same blog, just with a new look, but this time, I guarantee you won’t see a single freaking weight-loss ad!

Btw, I now host my own domain–it took me almost an entire night to figure out how that works. I even installed the WordPress blogging software again, just this time, I’m the boss of my blog, lol. (And I love how many new plugins and widgets and other ‘toys’ I have suddenly at my disposal.)

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Natalie Portman aka super-skinny Black Swan, jokes about being Fat.

15 Jan

Last night I watched the 2011 Critics Choice Award. And Natalie Portman won the the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a ballerina in Black Swan. I haven’t watched Black Swan yet, the trailer still creeps me out, but I’ll catch it on DVD once it’s out.

Btw, I love the white and black gown, very Roman goddess-like, and I thought she looked thoroughly glowing. Thank goodness that she gained weight back, she was x-tra super skinny in Black Swan. And she’s pregnant with her first child, not that you really notice in that dress, lol.

Natalie Portman

Image: VH1

I wasn’t a big fan of her acceptance speech. Why? She thanked the Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, saying that, “You made me very skinny and now you’re indirectly responsible for getting me fat.”

The Black Swan director introduced her to her boyfriend and baby-daddy. I’m pretty sure that she was joking about the ‘fat’ part, but if she truly thinks she’s heavy now, she’s in for a surprise a couple of months down the road. Just saying.

But Natalie Portman also shared a ‘helpful hint’ (not!) she received to help her transform herself into the skinny ballerina she portrayed in Black Swan. After working out, practicing and rehearsing for the ballet scenes, Natalie was told that if she feels hungry at the end of the day, to drink a glass of skim milk. One glass of freaking skim milk.

So she starved herself thin for this role. And you know what? I’m even kind of okay with that, because it was part of her twisted job description. She’s her own judge if she wants to do that to herself and risk her health. She got paid to be tough on her body–like a boxer who risks a knockout in every match.

But because she happily shared this anecdote in her acceptance speech, I wonder how many women will think that if Natalie Portman lost weight that way, it must be okay and omg, even healthy? That starving yourself is a great idea to get thin? How many women will think this?

Too many, I fear. And that is part of the reason we have such a warped body image these days. And that’s the reason why I wasn’t keen on her acceptance speech, her jokes about being fat, her ‘funny’ weight-loss tips. Not funny for many, many women watching the show.

Otherwise, congrats on your Critics Choice Award for Best Actress, Natalie. May you gain a couple of pounds more and have fun being fat pregnant!

“Embrace Me”, Body Confidence Project

14 Jan

This is sort of an update to my post about the Special K Challenge and the blogger who wrote a concise and enlightening post why the cereal Challenge should get lost.

The ‘I came to run’ blog has started a new project, called Embrace Me. And you are invited to participate:

It is in this spirit of acceptance that I’d like to start Embrace:Me, a project designed to encourage body confidence and treating yourself with a healthy, accepting attitude.  I feel strongly that by adopting a more positive attitude toward our own bodies, we can combat the effects of the pressure we feel from external sources, and from ourselves.  To show your support for Embrace:Me, I would love to hear your stories–stories of accomplishments, of body confidence, of anything that makes you feel good about yourself.  Maybe even a story about why you don’t have to justify your reasons for embracing the person you are to anyone else.

Please check out the complete post about the project Embrace Me on the blog ‘I came to run’.  And if you haven’t read her initial post about the Special K Challenge yet, it was sheer awesomeness and you should read it stat. She also has an update on her blog. She spoke with someone from Kellogg directly! You can get to her blog ‘I came to run” here.

Now, instead of the music I was listening to, there’s a radio ad running about a “Get Thin Today’ product, promising you a new life. But we already have a life, don’t we? What message is that sending to women, saying that your current life sucks because you aren’t thin?

Everything you plan to achieve in your future is just that, plans and goals, we all have something we want to achieve. We fail, we succeed or it’s something in-between, it’s called life. We all struggle with something.

But we are already worthy of love, happiness and acceptance right now.

I love that one blogger was able to rock Kellogg’s marketing boat. Love it. It’s an encouragement that you can really make a difference, however small, raise awareness and empower women. We only need to speak out, even if we think no one is listening.

Holly Madison vs Las Vegas Producer

13 Jan

Holly Madison is the star of a new burlesque Las Vegas show called ‘Peepshow’. And the producers apparently ordered Holly to lose weight, saying that she is too fat to get into the costumes for the show. (Source: Radar Online)

Image: Reuters

“I just feel like I market myself as a sex symbol, I don’t market myself as a fitness model or a professional dancer so I feel like the way I look is fine!” Holly said.

Yes, you look fine, Holly, a bit on the plastic side, but to each his own. Seriously, this smells like a marketing stunt to get free publicity for the show (I guess I just contributed).  If it isn’t a PR stunt, then this is another example of  what’s wrong with the world. No wonder we have so many eating disorders if the likes of Holly Madison are publicly told that they are too fat.

Common sense solution: Don’t diet, let out the costumes.

Special K Challenge: Get lost (via I came to run)

10 Jan

Rant alert: It’s just my personal opinion, but The Special K Challenge is something the world doesn’t need. But hey, that’s why we have marketing and advertising, so women are gently reminded to think that we need cereals filled with sugar to help us lose weight and feel healthy.

I usually roll my eyes at the Special K cereal boxes whenever I walk by them in my supermarket aisle and feel superior that I don’t fall for this bullcrap. But I fell for them in the past. Fell into the trap of their marketing message: “What Will You Gain When You Lose?”

So, “What Will You Gain When You Lose?” Let me answer that: You’ll gain a eating disorder for the two weeks of the The Special K Challenge. Just my 2 cents. If you’re currently doing the challenge, fine. I’m not trying to attack you, or call you names, I just don’t like the company’s mindset behind the The Special K Challenge. /rant

And I just came across a post–and the blogger allowed to share her post and asks us to join her in a boycott of Special K products–that prompted my rant. Please follow the link. It’s an incredible worthwhile read for anyone who has ever done the challenge, is thinking about doing the challenge, or wants a concise write-up why the Special K Challenge should get lost.

Special K Challenge: Get lost What is the challenge, exactly? The Special K Challenge is a two-week program that takes the nutrient-poor, calorie-restrictive meal plan that the cereal brand has been guilting women into for years and dresses it up with pretty colors and interactive web-based tools designed to appeal to the female eye (because obviously every woman loves pretty colors and clean designs!). On the website, you can choose the start date of your challenge, and customize your plan by choosing from four different menu types: Classic, Mix it Up (for foodies!), On-the-Go, and Chocolate Lover’s (don’t deny it ladies, you can’t live without chocolate, especially during that time of the month, amirite?!). From there, you can mix and match Special K foods to create your own customized 14-day plan. Read More

Well, Special K Challenge, consider yourself boycotted.

Mr. Kenneth Tong’s Brain is a Size Zero

8 Jan

There’s a guy, a Mr. Kenneth Tong, using Twitter to promote “managed anorexia.” He wants to launch his own line of anorexia pills. He basically wants to “help” girls become a size zero. There is nothing wrong with naturally being a size 0. The issue starts when women are expected to be so through dangerous means.

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I’m assuming this isn’t just a publicity stunt; I’m assuming this sicko is serious and I’m assuming Kenneth Tong is an asshole. I’m sure that drawing attention to him isn’t the best idea, but ignoring him won’t make him go away. Anyone who encourages anorexia is completely ignorant. Beauty and health comes in all sizes. Yes, there’s freedom of speech and all that, but I’ve reported his Twitter account as spam. No idea if it helps, but it’s a start.

Fat Pig, Broadway Debut with Julia Stiles, Dane Cook, Josh Hamilton

4 Jan

Neil LaBute’s play Fat Pig is going to be a Broadway production in 2011. Julia Stiles, Dane Cook and Josh Hamilton are already on board.

 

Fat Pig, the book. Soon on Broadway.

 

 

If you’ve never seen the play, there’s also a book with the same title:

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.

If you’re unfamiliar with the play, Fat Pig tells us the story of story of Tom (Hamilton), an eligible bachelor who falls for the beautiful, bright and plus-sized Helen. Tom is overjoyed with his new relationship but his shallow co-workers are less enthusiastic. Tom shrugs off their objections but eventually the cruel jabs of his acerbic friend Carter (Cook) and Jeannie (Stiles), a former flame, force him to question his own values and the importance of conventional good looks. Source: Playbill.com

The role of Helen isn’t cast yet. Fat Pig will officially debut in the Belasco Theatre in midtown-Manhattan on April 26 this year.

What I like about the play is that Helen has come to terms with society’s view of her. She’s a self-confident librarian, single but content. Helen is fat without shame or apology. Tom struggles to accept his love for Helen because she falls outside of the mainstream ideal of beauty. The pressure he gets from his friends to find a “normal looking” girl is too much for him. And he suffers for Helen because of the abuse she receives for being fat.

In the play, there’s no happy end for the couple. Even though they love each other, they part ways. Tom turns out a coward, choosing public opinion over the girl he loves. And it’s Helen who stays strong, she’s the one you root for, she’s the one who ultimately leaves Tom. Helen is portrayed as a confident women, comfortable in her own skin. I think Neil LaBute’s play brilliantly analyzes society’s devotion to today’s ideals of beauty and questions our own ability to stand up to it.

Anyone read the book, seen a previous play?

The Bachelor Recap—Brad Womack Encore, season premiere. Is he here for the Right Reasons?

3 Jan

Brad Womack is back! The most controversial Bachelor ever! It’s been three years since Brad kicked two hopeful girls to the curb. But after three years he’s a changed man. He’s crawling in the dust. The poor dear, he suffered panic attacks. Especially after reading in the interwebz what a jerk he was. He went into therapy, he blamed his father for all his commitment issues—always a popular choice. Brad deprived the female population three years of his oiled, bare chest. But, hey, he’s a villain, don’t you dare think he’s hot.

If you haven’t noticed, my recap of The Bachelor is unapologetic sexist and very judgmental. Also, this post isn’t about fat chicks, so I go with the tag #this-isn’t-about-fat-chicks-sorry.

But now, now he’s ready. All his brothers are married, with kids, and that’s what Brad wants too. Honestly, I fear he’s looking for a babymaker.

Anyho, the girls are introduced. Gosh, sorry, at that point in the season, I can’t remember all the names. But there’s a nanny, a dentist, a manscaper, a girl who takes care of dead people aka funeral director. Brad, I’m sure there will be a girl who will guard and protect your heart and take care of you after you say your final goodbyes.

Then DeAnna and Jenny (spelling?) turn up and give Brad a hard time. Well, you can’t say he doesn’t deserve it. Again, Brad confirms how serious he is, how much therapy he went through. At this point I start to feel sorry for the poor dear. It must be hard, to be a hot millionaire with commitment issues. And, how many times can you apologize before you start grating on my nerves?

Brad’s worst fear is rejection—so our sensitive host Chris tells him to not screw up this time. No pressure.

The Bachelor Brad Womack

Image: ABC

The women arrive—apparently they don’t know that the new bachelor is evil Brad—and the first girl slaps him in the face because he deserves it. There’s a girl with vampire fangs…hmm, I suspect she’s only there so the viewers will feel sorry for Brad and forget that he was a jerk. And there’s a chick who can do a high kick–does that hint at sexual prowess?

After 30 very pretty women in a variety of colorful dresses—and a nutcase or two–greeted Brad, he feels undeserving. Well, hold on to that thought, pal—a little humility goes a long way. Did I mention not a plus-sized girl in sight?

Brad’s changed, or so he tells us over and over again. “Soul Searching” is the key expression. The single ladies are skeptical but no one wants to leave when Brad offers them an easy out. They are still holding out for a Brad-takes-his-shirt-off moment. One girl asks him if he could handle her big butt. OMG, is Brad there for the right reasons? Did I mention that I love this show?

He gives the first impression rose to the chick (a nanny) who told him that she’ll be his friend. Sigh. If Brad had some balls he’d have given that first rose to the girl who slapped him. But, clearly, guys love girls who aren’t tough on them.

Brad picks 20 out of the 30 hopefuls. How the heck does he remember all the names? And why pick vampire-chick? And high-kick girl?

I’m going to dub this season “Brad, Is-He-Here-For-The-Right-Reasons? Season.”

ABC shows quite a few spoilers for what’s still to come in this season. Next Monday can’t come fast enough. How about you? Did you buy Brad’s change of heart? Is Brad Womack deserving of a second chance? Do you even care, lol?

The Bachelor, ABC. Will you watch?

3 Jan

I’ve watched past seasons of the Bachelor. Why? Because it’s plain ol’ entertainment. It’s cheesy and awkward. It’s rarely romantic but oh the drama. I probably agree with everything negative you can come up with regarding the show. I’ll still watch it–it’s like a traffic accident, you can’t look away. I’ve also watched the season where Brad Womack famously dissed the two girls in the finale, not proposing marriage to either of them. Now Brad is back, still looking hot.

The Bachelor

Image: ABC

It should be noted that The Bachelor has nothing to do with the general theme of my blog. Unless, maybe, Brad Womack will be able to pick from a batch of plus-sized girls? I don’t think so. But I’ll watch it just in case I’m mistaken. Maybe women of every age, hair color and dress size are represented. Maybe Brad falls for a curvy, red-haired, plus-sized girl, who knows. So I have to watch, there. (I might write a Bachelor recap of the first episode, but not sure yet.) Edited to add: Yes, I did a Bachelor Recap here.

And about the age–I just had a sneak peek at the single girls at the ABC site. Most of them are in their early, mid-twenties. Brad Womack is 38 years old. Ahaha, the old double standard. Good luck to all the single ladies, I wish you strong nerves, you’ll need them.

Look at the time, show’s about to start and popcorn isn’t ready yet… Will you watch how the Bachelor breaks hearts again or do you hate the show?

Jezebel Wraps up the Biggest Weight Stories of 2010

2 Jan

Jezebel recaps last year’s fattest stories, including how Whole Food discriminates against their plus-sized employees, how Kevin Smith got kicked off Southwest for being “Too Fat To Fly”, a piece about Gabourey Sidibe, how Maura Kelly was offended and disgusted by fat people ‘getting it on’ on TV, and a so called fat ballerina, among other stories. Great recap, funny as hell and definitely lots of food for thought.

You can read the entire thing here. For me, Maura Kelly’s cruel opinion piece in Marie Claire took the cake when it comes down to robbing plus-sized women of self-esteem. And Gabourey Sidibe is still a source of inspiration. Maybe, just maybe, 2011 is going to be the year where the media embraces that whatever weight you are, you can be happy and healthy and that you have the right to feel loved and accepted.

This blogger can dream, right?

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