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Sunday 20 May 2012
Opinion

My cat’s tail is fluffy, my body is not

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I know scores of people are not comfortable with describing themselves or other people as fat. I understand why – fat is still considered a bad word. “But I don’t see you as fat!” isn’t mean to be a compliment so much as a rejection of the way society ascribes and describes fat on people….
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Thursday 10 May 2012
Opinion

the dark side of tumblr

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I love Tumblr for many reasons. It has opened me up to new worlds, educated me on concepts I previously had difficulty understanding or not even thought about at all, and introduced me to many new friends. But, like every form of social media, it can have its dark side. I’m mostly in my little…
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Sunday 29 April 2012
Opinion

pregnant women’s bodies aren’t public property

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Women face a lot of pressure, from themselves, from friends, from family, even from outside sources. And none seems more harsh and critical than when a woman is pregnant. Recently, a friend who just became pregnant went to her in-laws with her husband and the first thing the mother-in-law said to her? “Wow, you’re fat!”…
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Saturday 21 April 2012
Opinion

the pressure to look perfect in public

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Today my father told me he wanted to walk to our local café for coffee. We’ve both been walking a lot more recently because my parents have downsized to one car and, as my mum is still working, she has the car the vast majority of the time. I thought it would take the both…
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Thursday 19 April 2012
Opinion

first, do no harm

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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My mother went to the doctor once when she had a really bad headache. The first thing he said to her, brusquely, was “You need to lose weight. You’re too large. You’re going to die.” She told me later she was so shocked at the statement that she doesn’t even remember what he prescribed for…
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Saturday 7 April 2012
Opinion

I don’t want to shrug

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Bingo wings, tuckshop lady, truck drivers. Fat arms. I can remember the first time I was made aware that apparently fat chicks should cover up their arms. It was in the last year of primary school and the women who worked at the tuckshop had the unfortunate aforementioned nicknames, usually with ‘arms’ added on to…
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Sunday 1 April 2012
Featured Opinion

detention for you, jenny craig

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Australian comedian, Wendy Harmer has been approached (more than once) by diet giant Jenny Craig to star in their campaigns. This made her embarrassed and not a little offended. What made her feel even worse though, was the news that a Jenny Craig representative was invited (as part of a group of other invitees) to…
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Saturday 24 March 2012
Arts Culture Film Opinion

Fat women in television and cinema

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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The other day I was browsing Tumblr when I noticed a gif from a movie that had been re-blogged by a friend of mine. The gif was from The Sitter and included the star, Jonah Hill, and the woman playing his girlfriend (or, really, the woman he wants to be his girlfriend), Ari Gaynor. The…
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Sunday 18 March 2012
Fashion

The ugliest effing sweater and the Brisbane Fatty Clothing Swap

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I helped set up and attended the first ever Brisbane Fatty Clothing swap the other week. After some hassle of figuring out how to transport three very large garbage bags full of clothing (and the bags had rips all over them, from my kitten – a fact I didn’t realise until I’d gotten out of…
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Tuesday 13 March 2012
Opinion

how women are taught to fear rape

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Trigger Warning: Talk of rape. Yesterday, my father went out to a doctor’s appointment and I was home alone. Like most people when they’re home alone, I locked the door. Just the screen door, I left the back door open. When he arrived home after his appointment, he tried to open the door and found…
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Monday 5 March 2012
Fashion

Brisbane Fatty Clothing Swap 2012

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Next week, Brisbane is hosting its first ever Fatty Clothing Swap. It is on Saturday, the 10th of March at 12 pm – 3 pm at the Graduate Centre Function Room, Griffith University, 226 Grey Street, South Bank, QLD. Here is the Facebook event page. Clothing must be either gently worn or new with tags,…
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Sunday 26 February 2012
Opinion

thoughts on ‘full frontal feminism’ and changing your last name

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Right now, I’m reading Full Frontal Feminism, by Jessica Valenti, the founder of Feministing. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it – on the one hand, I find it a very accessible read, especially for younger feminists or for people who are first starting to get into feminism and who find a lot…
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Sunday 19 February 2012
Opinion

Comments on fatphobia on the internet

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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I have always been what is derisively referred to as a “bleeding heart”. I’m not a sucker for a sob story, but people being treated poorly is one of my trigger points. I may have spoken before about a project I’ve become involved with — a friend of mine is doing a study and a…
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Sunday 12 February 2012
Opinion

fatshion february

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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February is a big month in fatshion and Tumblr land. It’s the start of Fatshion February. I believe this is the second year it has run and last year was a huge success. It’s exactly what it sounds like – showing off your fatshion in February. Last year I was too late to the tumblr…
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