Good Things


Via Jezebel, a great sentiment from Sarah Silverman about fat jokes. Definitely helps lift my mood from its earlier state.

I was listening to NPR‘s All Things Considered last week and heard an interview with Sapphire, the author of the novel Push, on which the movie Precious is based. The host asked why it was important that the character be obese, and I found this question and some wording in Bob Mondello’s movie review (“her face so full it seems incapable of expression”) to be at least irritating and perhaps borderline offensive–I felt that they seemed to view Precious and to some extent Gabourey Sidibe, the actress who plays her, as some sort of strange curiosity. So I loved the author’s straightforward and beautiful response, in the context of an anecdote about a white woman who had approached her to indicate that, after seeing the film, “she would never look at an overweight black woman again with the same judgment.” It made me happy to hear.

After seeing this film, she had to deal with an obese black woman as a feeling, intelligent person as a person who dreams, as a person who wants the things that she wants. So we brought up a stereotype, and we cracked it open, and a human being comes forth.

I just wanted to toot my own horn by announcing that I finished the half-marathon I have been training for this morning in 2:15:49. I also finished in the top half of my age/sex group. I am thrilled with this result–my goal was 2:30:00, and near the end of training I was somewhat concerned I wouldn’t be able to meet it. But prior self-doubt notwithstanding, the race itself was a ton of fun and the course (over the Ambassador Bridge and back through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel) was so scenic and enjoyable. Crowd support and the weather were also great. Interesting factoid: other than a refueling stop in Gander, NF on a flight to Europe in 1992, I have never been to Canada before. This is despite growing up in Michigan and working for 3 years in an office building overlooking the Detroit River from which I could see Windsor every day. (No, I’m not really sure why I never just drove over there.) Well, now I have been there–on foot! šŸ™‚ Very cool. Overall, the race was an amazing experience for me.

I also wanted to report that despite rumors to the contrary (I saw a couple of Facebook comments–which I’m sure postersĀ  considered positive and complimentary–about how it was great to see such a “fit, good-looking” crowd at the pre-race Health and Fitness Expo–presumably they meant by contrast with the typical convention center crowd), my visual observations indicate that a number of ACTUAL REAL LIVE FAT PEOPLE, even apart from myself, participated in this morning’s races. Many of them even finished AHEAD OF THIN PARTICIPANTS. Photodocumentation of this remarkable fact is available (possible headline: “OMGWTF FAT WOMAN STOPS EATING DONUTS FOR SEVERAL HOURS, RUNS MARATHON”). But… but… Fatosphere readers, you don’t seem shocked at this news! Huh. Oh well. šŸ™‚

In any case, congratulations to everyone who participated, and on a very sad note, my thoughts are with the loved ones of the 3 runners (certainly an unusually high number for one event) who died during the race. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a friend or family member under such shocking circumstances.

Michigan Radio posted this inspiring story to Facebook today. It may be easier and more fun for those who don’t live here to presume that Detroit is an irredeemable dump, that our work force is lazy, entitled, and uneducated, and all the other crap I hear on a daily basis. But there are a lot of people here proving those perceptions wrong.

Here’s another account of an out-of-state company looking to Michigan to meet its needs for production of green energy components, and a story about some Detroit residents who are opening businesses and artistic ventures in the city (Slows Bar-B-Q, referenced in the article, is an amazing restaurant).

If you’re coming from the Fatosphere feed, you’ve already seen this, but please check out Rachel’s post on the Academy for Eating Disorder’s new guidelines for childhood obesity prevention programs. According to Deb Burgard, who was on the panel that developed the guidelines and who commented at The-F-Word.org post, the AED is “the premier international association of academic and clinical eating disorder specialists.”

Just read the guidelines, and imagine a world where they are implemented. A world where kids aren’t scapegoated, othered, or punished for being fat, but are taught and encouraged in healthy habits and activities just like the thin kids. Blub. It makes the world we actually live in (where kids are sent home with shaming notes about their weight and encouraged into dangerous weight loss surgeries… in fact, a world where low self-esteem is blamed on fat itself instead of on anti-fat bullying and harassment where it belongs, and where kids can actually be taken away from their parents on presumption of “abuse” simply because they are fat) seem like a bad dream. I hope one day that’s all it will be.

IĀ  never saw this clip before now (I don’t follow the Pistons that closely). Love Rasheed’s 3/4 court buzzer beater–OK, I also just kind of love Rasheed in general–and Special K’s reaction. It puts a smile on my face. šŸ™‚

There is probably something wrong with me, but I almost think the cute little fox on my Gmail theme (“Tea House”–here’s an example of the iGoogle version) is helping me to get more done. It’s harder to justify wasting time online when he is always working on his bonsai tree, bathing chickens, feeding ducks, eating noodles, lighting lanterns, and so on. He is extremely industrious.

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