Episode 27 - A Shake is Not a Lifestyle

We've got a little nugget of a poscast for you today guys! We got together with one of our faves, Megan Jayne Crabbe aka @bodyposipanda to chat about her new book!  Body Positive Power: How to Stop Dieting, Make Peace with your Body and Live drops in the US on September 7th (but you can preorder it RIGHT MEOW!)  That episode is going to come out closer to the book release BUT we didn't want to leave you hanging for that long so we busted out a quick ep to put up now! 

Lillian is fresh back from rocking the Buxom Blaze Burlesque Festival in Austin Texas.  It was the first plus-size burlesque festival in the US (and probably the world?!) and it was a rousing success. Make sure you check out their # on insta for some incredible pics!

It's that time of year again. It's hot and sunny and every where you look you're being asked if you're "fit enough" for the beach.  So here is your friendly seasonal reminder: 

Your body is ALREADY beach ready. Do not let any person, company or social media feed tell you otherwise. You're a total babe, go play in the sand. 

 

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Are you guys sleeping on Dietland? Surely not - we are so into it and so into everything it's changing about the face of television! Created by Marti Noxon it stars Julianna Margulies, Joy Nash, Tamara Tunie, and guest stars our girl Jen Ponton! Once the season is over we're going to dedicate a whole poscast to chatting about it.  Make sure you watch it and look out for info on how you can contribute to the convo with us! 

Episode 26 - The 14th Most Interesting Podcast

Awwww remember prom? Finding a date, planning with your group of friends, deciding what your hair was going to look like, making sure your dress didn't clash with your modesty poncho... ah... the MEMS! A school in Michigan got some flack for announcing that they would be providing "modesty ponchos" for the girls who's dresses weren't up to the school's dress code which contained language like "no cut outs below the natural bra line" (WHAT?!) Dress codes are hugely problematic - they target young women, stifling creative expression at a time when figuring out your fashion sense = figuring out yourself and they make these young women responsible for other people's inability to not objectify them. PLUS, they weren't even cute poncho's y'all... 

Rihanna is crushing it again! We're not talking about her Fenty makeup line (with one of the widest ranges of skin tone matching foundation) or her amazing Met Gala outfit ( I mean... ) On May 11th she'll launch Savage X Fenty a new lingerie line that is way more size inclusive than we've seen from fashion launch in a long time!  The bra's go up to 44DDD and the underwear up to a size 3X - it's not EVERYTHING, but it's an amazing start! We're excited to see what the line looks like but if the teasers are any indication it's hot as hell! 

@badgalriri on Instagram: "savages come in all shapes and sizes!! ya ready? @savagexfenty MAY.11.2018"

Props to Miley Cyrus you guys! Back in 2008 when she was 15 she posed for Annie Lebovitz for the cover of Vanity Fair.  When the article was published she came under a lot of fire  - people claiming that the pic was too racy and she was too young.  At the time she issued an apology (that was CLEARLY manufactured by her people) but she recently tweeted a redaction of the apology which is awesome.  I mean just look at the picture, especially next to this behind the scenes shot. It's a gorgeous pic, shot by one of the most prominent photographers, of a girl with her back out. Chill out. 

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Lillian is going to be heating up the hot in Austin this summer at the Buxom Blaze - America's first plus-size burlesque festival! Hosted by Ginger Snaps with headliners World Famous BOB and RiRi Syn Cyr it's sure to be amazing! Click here for more info and if you end up at the festival, make sure you tweet us! 

Episode 25 - Natural Hair with Gotham Girl Blue

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We got to sit down and chat with the incredible Gotham Girl Blue about a week ago! We talked about our hair stories, why she chose to go natural and the hair traumas of our youth. This self-proclaimed feminist, fighter and Eleanor Democrat (because "FDR wasn't intersectional enough") was an absolute delight to talk to and she is crushing it on twitter so make sure you head over and give her follow! 

 

Episode 24 - Fat Princesses and Dream Daddies

We don't consider ourselves gamers and it turns out we were missing out on a whole new subset of fat shaming! A couple of listeners (shout out to Branan and Pizabo!) brought this phenomenon to our attention and it didn't take us long to go down a rabbit hole of fat shaming in video games.  This article by Anshuman Iddamsetty does a really great job of breaking it all down.  Fat avatars are portrayed in the worst ways, punishment for unstoppable evil geniuses comes not from execution but from an injection of obesity, and plump passive princesses are kind of the best we can get! 

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Image via Wikipedia

Feminist Frequency has a great video all about body diversity in video games. 

We also introduced a new segment to the poscast - Your Fave is Problematic! (theme tune pending) - where we talk about stuff you used to love that you now realize is maybe not so great and what do we do about that! 

This was such a fun topic for us to learn more about and discuss! We'd love to hear more from you all about what you'd like us to talk about so please get in touch if something comes to mind! 

Episode 23 - Too Many Cucumbers

Amy Schumer is back on our radar with her new movie trailer! We're trying to reserve judgement until we see the actual film, but I Feel Pretty seems pretty problematic. 

A "shock photography" art piece by Eric Ravelo *** from about 2013 has been making the rounds again.  The piece is meant to bring to harsh light some of the worst ways in which children are victimized including gun violence in American schools, pedophilia, sex trafficking, war and... obesity? One of the images, clearly commenting on the "obesity epidemic", feels extremely out of place in this piece. 

*** the linked images are pretty disturbing so please click with caution! 

OK, on to some more positive stuff! Janelle Monae continues to kill the game with her newest work. She's released two songs (Make Me Feel and Django Jane) from yet to have a release date next album, Dirty Computer. I mean, they're just great. 

Our girl Keala Settle KILLED on the Oscars.  Her song didn't win (but SHOULD have!) but she totally brought the house down with her performance of This is Me. We can't wait to see what she does next! 

NEDA is doing great things to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders including spotlighting their campaign with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  This years theme was "Let's Get Real" and their goal was "to expand the conversation and highlight stories we don't often hear." Head on over to them for help and support and to get involved with great organization.

Episode 22 - Amazingly Average

Liza and Jen met in college (longer ago than either one of them would care to admit thank you very much...) doing theatre.  Now Jen is a plus model (amongst other things) and is totally killing the game.  I mean...

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Photo by Nicole LeBris,  Insta: @nicolelebriscreative

GORGEOUS, right?? We knew we had to have her on the Poscast and get the inside scoop on fashion and modeling.  We talk about everything from her favorite places to get clothing to what makes a good photographer, to how who you surround yourself with makes a huge difference in how you feel about yourself (#positivevibesonlyplease!)

Jen is also a real estate agent, and her newest project is a vlog centering around Hoboken and Hudson County happenings! Make sure you follow Jen on instagram @thejennifermeyers and keep and eye out for the launch of Hello Hoboken! 

Episode 21 - Fatwood

Hello lovely listeners welcome to 2018 when we here at the Body Poscast promise to record and upload episodes with some kind of regularity! We hope your year is off to a great start! Lillian got some great news - she had written a few essays that are going to be included in a collection called My Body My Words AND she'll be reading at the launch of the book in NYC on March 14th at 7pm at KGB Bar (85 E 4th St.) So if you're local be sure to follow them on twitter and come out for the launch! 

Have we always gotten measurements for the president? The White House doctor has said that Trump's health is "excellent" and published his weight as 239 pounds and his height at 6'3". Say what now? Whether or not these stats are a lie (*ahem* they are) we have to remind ourselves and others that his weight is not the issue here.  There are plenty of things to call him out for and the space that he takes up is not what makes him a horrible human and leader. 

Megyn Kelly said something dumb again! You can watch the original clip as well as her cringe-y walk back the next day from an episode of The View.  For a woman who seems to be desperately trying to change her Fox News image she sure says a lot of terrible things. 

It was hard to avoid talking about Aziz Ansari and the babe.net article (titled: I Went on a Date with Aziz Ansari. It Turned Into the Worst Night of My Life.) We would like to hear what you think too. After recording, Lillian found an article that Liza felt articulated her feelings in a much clearer way. In the end, this woman (Grace) felt violated and our hearts go out to her.  Few women are unfamiliar with this kind of sexual encounter and it's important to have these conversations as (hopefully) a catalyst for change. 

On a more frivolous note - have you seen The Greatest Showman yet????? Full disclosure; it is a musical in the most musical-esque way.  It's absolute cheese on toast and it's delicious! Keala Settle is giving us LIFE with her portrayal of the bearded lady Lettie Lutz.  

This clip is from rehearsals, one of the first times Keala sings the powerful anthem, This Is Me, for an audience. #allofthefeels

You HAVE to check out these (NSFW) photos posted by Roz "the diva" Mays! She participated in a project recently shot by Michael Leroy called Alchemy.

"In this nude series the artist creates images that are exaggerated and explicit without sexual objectification. The images are a celebration of confidence and vitality at its most pure. By emphasizing form over identity, I seduce the viewer to reveal empathy for a body acceptance that transcend the self-image obsession of social media. " (The project is being displayed at The Wall @ B&P from January 25th -April 25th

Fattitude the movie premiered back in May and is being screened all over! You can check out their website and request a screening near you! 

 

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Who stayed around to very end of the poscast?? As always - thank you so much for listening! 

Episode 20 - Surprise Boner

Hello hello hello! We're back with a banked episode from July where we sat down and chatted with the amazing Jen Ponton! Jen's performance story isn't unfamiliar (and not too dissimilar from our own stories) - she started in theatre and ran into a bit of wall. Unfortunately the theatre world hasn't seemed to have caught up when it comes to telling the stories of fat people.  But when she made a bit of a career switch she found the world of film and television to be more forward thinking.  She's got several credits under her belt including the lead in an indie film that came out this past fall called Love on the Run

She's rocking the comedy world and one of the awesome ladies paving the way for more acceptance and richer stories for fat people to tell.  

It was so easy to talk with Jen about our experiences auditioning for theatre. For those of you who aren't actors, Nicole Byer showcases one of the many... quirks... that come up when pursuing a job. 

It's funny, cause it's true. 

Please check out Jen on twitter (she promises less yelling nowadays) and instagram (lots of cute pics of her pupper!) And if you're in the biz and need some marketing support or direction, make sure you hit her up at gobeyondthepostcard.com

Poscast Update!

Hey Poscast Listeners- it's been a minute, huh? Lots of life changes over here have delayed us getting new episodes out for you and we're so SORRY! Here's the good news; we've got an episode banked from the summer (featuring the super amazing Jen Ponton) that should be up in the next week or so! Then we're going to enjoy the holidays and be back in 2018 with brand new episodes! 

We really love doing this podcast and hope you like it too! Whenever we hear from a listener it totally makes our day, but we recently got a message from a listener (Hey Katrina!) who shared her experience with body politics in the medical community. Her wife Trisha had been suffering from digestive issues and when she brought it up with her doctor he pushed bypass surgery.  He assumed from looking at her that her issues were a result of her weight, made up his mind, and didn't look into it further.  When she switched doctors she learned that she has gastroparesis (basically her stomach doesn't empty when it should) and that because of this condition, bypass surgery would actually have likely killed her. Her original doctor could not see past his fat phobia to treat her properly. 

I was recently asked why I think the body positive movement is important and while I feel there are a million reasons why, this is an amazing example of why it matters so much.  Keep fighting the good fight and spreading the body positive love everyone! 

Have an amazing holiday season and we'll see you in January! 

XOXO - Lillian and Liza 

Episode 19 - Segues?

We KNOW we're not the only ones who experience those moments, when you're getting ready to leave the house and just NOTHING is going your way. Nothing fits right, your favorite bra is suuuuper dirty and your messy bun is TOO messy and it can lead to total meltdown. We didn't need a Dove report to tell us that - but how great is it that someone out there is looking into this kind of thing and trying to figure out ways to prevent it?!

Lillian had a really bad experience with a new doctor recently and it just sucks having to be wary of situations like that.  Here you are, trying to take care of your health and you're stressing about whether or not the doctor is going to be blinded by the number on the scale or be able to address the actual issue that brought you in that day.  Luckily someone has compiled an ever-growing list of fat friendly doctors (thanks internet!)

YOU GUYS! We have a YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

(That's the link! Go go go, subscribe, like, share all that good stuff please!) 

Episode 18 - Sorry!

In our effort to be super inclusive, we tend to apologize waaaaay too much- to each other, to our listeners, sometimes to inanimate objects. For this we are truly... sorry? (no but really, we're gonna work on that!) 

New things are happening you guys! Now you can not only LISTEN to the poscast (right here on the website AND/OR by subscribing on iTunes!) but you can also WATCH some of the poscast via our brand new YOUTUBE CHANNEL

There you'll find some fun extras including things that didn't make the podcast cut.  So if you want to see more of our faces, head on over and subscribe to our channel! 

Summer is finally here and while that means sunshine, no school, beaches and vacation it also means bathing suits, sunscreen, and the dreaded chub rub - but this new video by Miss Eaves has us dreading chub rub no more! 

On a less fun note, can you believe that this ad made it past probably several rooms of people for approval? Thanks to backlash it has since been removed from the campaign but seriously - teaching children to love themselves no matter how they look is already an uphill battle without the help of harmful advertising like this. Do better please! 

Episode 17 - The Women's March

**We recorded this poscast at the end of January, right after the march. Apologies for the delayed posting! 

What a day! From the pictures comparing the crowd in DC at the march and the crowd at the inauguration, to the feeds coming in from cities and countries around the world, the Women's March that took place on January 21st was a great demonstration. I don't know about you, but it gave me just a little bit of hope that the US hasn't actually gone crazy. Of course as liberals and conscientious people we have to look at everything with a bit of a critical eye.  There were several groups who felt left out during the march and personally I think it's important to talk about that.

In this episode you can really hear Liza struggle a bit to sort it all out- join us won't you?! How did you feel about the march? If you're a minority, did you feel left out of the march? If you don't consider yourself a minority, was this the first protest you supported? Have you heard of TERF's?  Liza felt a bit naive during this poscast, but was glad to have the concern brought to her attention.  Seriously you guys - get in touch and let us know what you think! 

For a clearer picture on intersectionality and what it means, make sure you check out Kimberle Crenshaw's Ted Talk.  

The battle has just begun - the march was a great catalyst, a wonderful beginning to the work that needs to be done.  We think it's all about doing the work that you CAN do. Holding the people in power in your town accountable and making sure that they know you're counting on them to uphold the things that you believe in.

Links for awesomness:

Petitions galore - Change.org and Petition the Whitehouse are great resources. 

Action Apps for your phone - Call Trump Out, Countable, and Swing Left 

Americans of Conscience - Jennifer Hoffman has a weekly checklist (archived all the way back to November) for "Democrats, Independents and Republicans of Conscience"

Episode 16 - Hairspray Live! & Cookie Cutter Eating Disorders

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We're back and taking you back to talk about Hairspray Live! While it didn't surpass our love of The Wiz, Hairspray was a fun night of entertainment.  But of course, as per usual, your fave is problematic. Hairspray has a built in body positive storyline, but casting choices and unfunny fat jokes peppered into the script make the impact much less affective. Baby steps, we guess?

Twitter can be a wasteland of snarky subtweets and cyber bullying, but every now and then it's a source of supreme entertainment.  During the recent women's march in DC (and all over the world, really! Don't worry, we'll have an episode about that soon!) Piers Morgan took to twitter to protest (?) the very idea.  Lucky for us, Patton Oswalt retaliated and the thread that followed was just amazing. It's always nice to see people in positions of power use their influence for good! 

Food addiction is something that we touched on before and after doing a little more research on the subject it was great to circle back and finally talk about a topic that was submitted by a listener.  When you think about what an eating disorder looks like, a common picture of an emaciated body comes to mind.  But the fact of the matter is that eating disorders are not one size fits all.  Not only is it a mental disease (so not actually something that you can see necessarily) but also the term "eating disorder" is a large umbrella that covers anorexia, bulimia, food addiction, and overeating among other things.  What can you do when you don't fit the mold of eating disorder?

In our continuing effort to help you fill your life with positivity, we highly recommend you check out Megan  over at BodyPosiPanda.  Her website and instagram feed are full of positivity and inspiration, plus she's just a magical unicorn of a lady (seriously, she's got rainbow hair!) 

Episode 15 - Election Results

What? Did you think we weren't going to discuss the election results heard 'round the world?

In this episode we talk about the day that a lot of our worst fears came true. But don't worry, the scary stuff only lasts for about half of the episode and we spend the rest of it talking about things that are making us happy and pushing us forward. 

If you feel as we do about the potential damage that Trump's presidency could do to our country, you may also feel at a bit of loss for what to actually do about it. Something you can do is throw your support behind organizations that work every day for the ideals that you believe in.  Here are a few of the places that will be getting our support: 

 

If you're local and feeling the need to get quick-y married, our friend Duncan is ordained in NY. Feel free to contact him via facebook or his website

Planned Parenthood : https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
The Trevor Project : http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The Brennan Center for Justice: http://www.brennancenter.org/about
The ACLU : https://action.aclu.org/

And if you need more suggestions, Jezebel has an awesome list. 

The Hamilton Mixtape comes out TOMORROW (December 2nd.) If you're a Hamilfan it's a MUST listen. 

Lillian is crushing it again and looking gorgeous embracing her muffin top in this great Bustle article!

When you're ready, take some advice from Lizzo, do your hair toss, and check your nails. 

Episode 14 - Jovial Chubster Plumpstress

We're baaaaaaaaaaack! 

Are you as stressed out about this election as we are?? It feels both super important and overwhelmingly inescapable (feel free to skip about 14 minutes into this episode to avoid hearing us talk politics.) We feel like we're constantly being inundated with the awful things that Donald Trump has said/is saying/will continue to say and our rising blood pressures were a gentle reminder to take some time for self-care in these super-stressful times.  Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN.org) is great resource with information about how to avoid and deal with triggers. 

 

You hear all sorts of things about being pregnant - swollen ankles, heartburn, stretch marks! But it's not all bad. It's an excuse to invest in a new (temporary) wardrobe - luckily we've come a long way since the potato sacks of the 60's and 70's. Maternity fashion is getting better and better and for once it looks like there are benefits to starting your pregnancy on the plus size side! Fabrics are stretchy and you're SUPPOSED to show off that belly.  Liza has been liking Pink Blush Maternity (#nosponsor- they just have cute stuff for straight sizes and plus sizes!)  

Ok so we're a bit split on how the new Lane Bryant campaign makes us feel- what do you guys think? Have they finally started to move towards showcasing a more diverse range of body types or are they just putting us in a terrible shopping headspace?

Our very own Lillian Bustle is a cover girl! Here she is on and in Jersey City Magazine promoting her Speakeasy Burlesque which if you're local you HAVE to check out.  It happens every 1st Tuesday of the month at Talde in JC. Make sure you like the Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming shows- the next one is November 1st!  

Episode 13 - Whitney Way Thore

Whitney has a bunch of exciting things lined up including her book I Do it With the Lights On available now in all of the book places! Also be sure to take a look at her website www.nobodyshame.com and subscribe to her newsletter to get updates about fun things like her Werk With Whitney Instructional Dance and Fitness DVD's! 

We were thrilled to have Whitney Way Thore of TLC's My Big Fat Fabulous Life on the poscast! She talks about her journey into the world of body positivity and what it's like to have her life filmed and presented in a TV show.  Make sure you check out her Ted talk "Living Without Shame". 

Whitney has also experienced the cliche of "you're fat so you must be unhealthy" - is anyone else as sick of hearing this as we are? The point is you absolutely cannot tell the state of someone's health by simply looking at them. And BMI? Well the formula for that number was dreamed up by a mathematician in the early 19th century and in 1998 the National Institutes of Health just decided to change it!  This NPR list of the top 10 reasons why the BMI is bogus is pretty great. 

Episode 12 - Fat Jokes

If you're tuned into the body pos community you've probably heard about the most recent episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life (S.03 Ep. 07 titles "Fat Jokes") and the comedian who made an appearance on it.  In our opinion she said some really harmful, body shaming things. While neither of us watches this show on a regular basis we both happened to catch it and really felt that a discussion needed to happen. 

The comedian is also fairly active in the NY burlesque scene and she produces a show that Lillian has been a fan of for a while now.  But Lillian felt obligated (after chatting with the comedian privately) to post about it on facebook and start the conversation.  The reactions have run the gamut from outrage, to disappointment, to defense of the comedian. I don't want to spoil the podcast episode, but take a listen and please join the conversation! (Feel free to contact us at  bodyposcast@gmail.com) 

If you're local, be sure to check out Carolyn Castiglia's Show on August 18th at Union Hall in Brooklyn!

Since this episode turned out to be a bit of bummer, I wanted to end on a positive note.  Check out this Big Bear, rocking it out poolside to JT's Can't Stop the Feeling -- it'll totally put a smile on your face! 

Episode 11 - UNDAPANTS

Were you guys as annoyed about the dumb Aerie April Fools "prank" as we were? Just as the author of this article says, we were perplexed by the use of body image issues as the butt of a joke. But American Eagle claims it was only SORT OF a joke, to raise awareness for their #AerieReal campaign where they pledge to stop retouching the models in their ads.  It feels like a 1/2 step forward, 2 steps back situation to me- what do you think?

Amy Schumer is back on our radar with her Instagram post about Glamour magazine. This was an interesting one for us and led to a convo about just how fat is fat?

Make sure you check out the #IllGoWithYou Ally Project if you want to help out the transgendered community during this crazy bathroom law time. (We're hoping it'll all be over soon!) 

And don't forget to #compareyourselftocheesecake! We'd love to see your pics if you do! 

AND if your local make sure you check out D20 Burlesque's Event THIS SATURDAY May 28th at The Parkside Lounge as their cast pays tribute to podcasts! 

Episode 10 - Why Am I Fat and Happy?

We were so lucky to be able to sit down and chat with radical self-love rockstar, Amy Pence Brown. You've probably seen her amazing video where she stood blindfolded and in very little clothing in the middle of a crowded marketplace in Boise, Idaho and asked people to stand with her in self love. 

You can read more about the project here including where she got the inspiration for the piece (The Liberators - be sure to check them out they're doing amazing work as well!)  

Amy is big on educating herself, her children and others about the body positive movement. She's found great resources in blogs (Fat Heffalump and Curvy Fashionista are a couple of her favorites) and wrote a great article for Mamalode recommending 6 body pos books for kids

Find Amy on Facebook, Twitter (@IdahoAmy) and Instagram (Idaho_Amy) and you can read more about all of the awesome things she's doing on her website: www.amypencebrown.com

Episode 09 - Happy Butt Tuesdays

Two grannies and literal baby get together and chat! Just kidding, although we are consistently amazed by Michelle Serna's level of confidence at the age of 17! Michelle gave an amazing Ted Talk recently and we were so jazzed to be able to sit down and talk to her.  We discussed everything from Kim Kardashian, to the benefits and drawbacks of growing up in the social media age, and how cool it is that we as a society have the means to change the current definition of beauty. 

Keep your eye on Michelle on Twitter (@michelle_serna2) and Facebook and be sure to check out her Tedx Talk. 

What makes us define beauty as our external being rather than who we are internally? A high school student and past Miss California High School Rodeo Queen, Michelle works to change the definition of beauty in today's society. Her day to remember was the day that she was told she was pretty, but not queen pretty.