“or to put it another way: white skinny bodies are allowed to be art. you see this all the fucking time in the twee/hipster zones of the world/internet, soft-focus photos in sepia tones with size 2 AT MOST people standing in for melancholy, or wistfulness, or love, or whatever. you don’t see fat girls lying in a field of daisies wearing fishnets and reading haruki murakami next to a picnic spread under a parasol. because then the viewer, it’s assumed, would get distracted by their fatness. skinny bodies (& white bodies) are allowed to turn themselves into things because they are presumed to be blank slates. they’re neutral. fatness already symbolizes things in our culture - laziness, sloth, greed - so it’s not allowed to symbolize other things.
or another way: lady gaga is allowed to play at being grotesque because it’s understood that she is making a choice to be grotesque; fat, non-white, or otherwise atypical bodies already belong to the realm of the grotesque. the choice is made for them. whether it’s as unfuckable (fat women, women with visible disabilities) or inherently sexualized (black and Latina women) or some weird combination of fuckable but not sexual (asian women) or just grotesque and unworthy (trans women).”
isabelthespy’s response to an LA Times article about Lady Gaga’s “grotesqueness”.
Very, very good read.
There are a bunch of tumblrs that have quirky/pensive/melancholic women in various poses (and sometimes clever/sappy caption) and the vast majority of them are white, thin women. It would be nice to fat and/or nonwhite people in these. I like that this quote points out people’s implicit assumption about fat, nonwhite people and the way it’s influencing US culture
(Before we go too far: I’m not singling out tumblr here.)
(via ilovefat) (via definatalie)
The paragraph about Lady Gaga is exactly what I’ve been trying to get at with my earlier post. At her base she’s neutral, on the end of beautiful, so being grotesque doesn’t affect on her self-image (she’s also purposefully separating her self-image from the Lady Gaga persona). Anyone who at base is already “ugly”, however, would have a hard time not letting that distract from their art. “OMG YOU’RE BROWN/FAT/DISABLED/BALD…oh what, you had an asymmetrical mathematical dress made of glass?”
I, for one, would love to see a tumblr full of non-normative bodies in normative tumblrish photos. Variety is wonderful, so is inclusiveness. It’s more options for the artist, more visibility for the subjects,
and more cute girls for me to oggle on my dashboard
1:31 pm • 19 January 2010
“these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top”
— homage to my hips, by lucille clifton (via loveandzombies)
1:30 pm • 19 January 2010 • 88 notes
GORGEOUS. I can’t wait until my hair gets that long. I have about 7 more inches to go
8:12 pm • 18 January 2010 • 23 notes