Day 5, WP5: Fatshion and Body Pride

Gentle Reader, there is a new term out there that I’m kind of in love with: FATSHION.  This term means the fashions of fat women and men, and the body pride that goes with it.  I love this term as it is claiming a Body Pride movement that is so hard to claim, so hard to feel.

I have struggled with my weight my entire life, and, moreso, have struggled with being fat AND loving clothes at the same time.  That is a difficult duality, as I’m supposed to hide my body, not display it.  But display it I do, because I love clothes.  I love dressing up.  I love fashion.

My field is fashion in literature, from the Victorian era up to the 21st century.  I study fashion, I revel in it, I love it.  Clothes are my passion, as Blanche DuBois said, and I am with her on that.  Clothes, indeed, are my passion.

But I still struggle with accepting my body.  With understanding that this is the body I’ve been given, and despite its size, I should love it.  This is why I read body-positive blogs and books.  This is why I make posts like this, in the hopes that I believe myself, and them, that this is a body to love.

Or, as I wrote in a poetry-essay in college, I don’t understand why when there is more of me to love, people (and I) love me less.

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