http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-29-2013/last-gay-standing there’s the video, it’s awesome
But, even if you’re not fat, if you’re a woman, you’re probably still so caught up with your toxic weight shit that you can’t even see straight. During my working life I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been part of these ridiculous workplace group diets. Almost all of the participants have been women. Sometimes they even try to bribe one another with money. They all put in ten dollars on the first week and whoever loses the most wins the pool at the end of 4 months, or whatever it is. Look, I’m like you. I’ve done it too. And at a perfectly normal, healthy weight I’ve done it. All because of a sick, shitful, ugly little voice in the back of my head that tells me I ought to be smaller.
And that’s the rub, right there. Exactly why do we want to be smaller? What exactly is the appeal of being smaller? How does it benefit us? Does it make us better mothers? Better students? Better lovers? Better artists? Scientists? Friends? Does it make us more badass badasses?
No, no, no, no, no. You must see that it doesn’t. It doesn’t do anything but make us smaller.
Babies and puppies are small. So are dimes and Skittles. You’re a fucking woman. A woman! You are entitled to occupy as much fucking space as you like with your awesomeness, and you better be suspicious as fuck of anybody who tells you differently.
Why, ladies? Why must we continue to whittle ourselves down? Who is it for? What is it for? You can walk through a certain aisle at the pharmacy or at the grocery store and see the language of diminishment all over the packaging for weight loss aids of all kinds. “Shrink your waist.” “Lose inches off your thighs.” “Slim down.” “Get skinny.”
How about “Grow your mind.” “Increase your confidence and productivity.” “Beef up your knowledge.” “Enlarge your scope of asskicking.”
That’s a valid message for women and girls: grow, expand, branch out, open up, get bigger, wider, faster, stronger, better, smarter. Go up not down. Get strong, not skinny.
You are not here to get smaller. You are not here to have a thin waist and thighs. You are not here to disappear. You’re here to change the world! Change the fucking world, then! Forget about “losing a few pounds.” Think about what you could be gaining instead.
Never, never burn a book.
Never melt a film.
Never bomb a statue, rip and tear a canvas, shatter a mosaic.
Do not fail to preserve the precious and ephemeral art of the digital age.
Never burn a book.
Never destroy a book.
Never allow others to destroy a book.
Essay and art by Sam Keeper
It still is blowing my mind that people like my shit enough to repost in this fashion, especially an article like this that’s over a year old.
I have to admit that I do like both the article and the image, though… part of me feels like the image deserves to get refined and finished as a real poster but I’m not honestly sure when I’d find the time or whether anyone would actually find it interesting. The article’s a bit rough around the edges, too, but maybe it needed to be.
As a mashup of notions, though, I’m really proud of the picture. At least conceptually.
50 Shades of Abuse Flyer - Canada
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Which is why I am compelled to write a very long post about how horrible the Fifty Shades trilogy is, because I am about 100 pages from being done with it and I am only sticking with it to see how many atrocities it encourages.