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23rd Sep 2010 | 07:27 pm
mood: curiouscurious

Hello dear long-neglected flist, who I have neglected for a long, long time!

I have a favour to ask.  Well, it's not so much a favour for me, as for a friend of a friend.  (No, really.)

My friend's friend live in another state and is coming to Melbourne soonish for some sort of long-ish period of time.  And she's looking for a queer- and kink-friendly counsellor/therapist/psychologist type person.

Does anyone have any recommendations or know where she might start to look?

Thanks lovelies!

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Not so gaga about Gaga

13th Mar 2010 | 06:04 pm
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An excellent anti-dote to the Gaga-gaga that's doing the rounds at the moment:

No, I am not a fan.

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7th Feb 2010 | 11:49 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

I made myself a tumblr:

Also a foodie blog: (Go look!  There's a recipe for blintzes!)

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4th Feb 2010 | 10:41 pm
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Call For Papers

Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue

To be held 10 ­ 11 September, 2010
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

While cultural anxieties about fatness and stigmatisation of fat bodies in
Western cultures have been central to dominant discourses about bodily
Œpropriety¹ since the early twentieth century, the rise of the Œdisease¹
category of obesity and the moral panic over an alleged global Œobesity
epidemic¹ has lent a medical authority and legitimacy to what can be
described as Œfat-phobia¹. Against the backdrop of the ever-growing
medicalisation and pathologisation of fatness, the field of Fat Studies has
emerged in recent years to offer an interdisciplinary critical interrogation
of the dominant medical models of health, gives voice to the lived
experience of fat bodies, and offers critical insights into, and
investigates the ethico-political implications of, the cultural meanings
that have come to be attached to fat bodies.

This two-day event will put Australasian Fat Studies into conversation with
critical fat scholarship from around the globe by gathering together
scholars from across a spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, as well as
activists, health care professionals, performers and artists. This
conference seeks to open a dialogue between scholars, health care
professionals and activists about the productive and enabling critical
possibilities Fat Studies offers for rethinking dominant notions about
health and pathology, gender and bodily aesthetics, political interventions,
and beyond.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

* Charlotte Cooper
(Department of Sociology, University of Limerick)

* Karen Throsby
(Department of Sociology, University of Warwick)

Abstracts are sought that engage with topics such as (but not limited to):

* Interventions to normalise fat bodies (such as diet regimes, exercise
programs, weight loss pharmaceuticals and bariatric surgeries);

* The ethico-political implications of the medicalisation of Œobesity¹;

* Constructions of the Œfat child¹ in childhood obesity media reportage;

* Representations of fat bodies in film, television, literature or art;

* Intersections of medical discourse and morality around Œobesity¹;

* The somatechnics of fatness;

* Fat performance art, fat positive performance troupes;

* Histories of fat activism and/or strategies for political intervention;

* Fat and queer histories/identities;

* Fat embodiment online, the Fat-O-Sphere;

* Feminist responses to fatness;

* Constructions of fatness in a range of cultural contexts;

* Systems of body quantification, measurement, and conceptualizations of
(in)appropriate Œsize¹;

* Fat as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender,
disability and/or ageing.

Please send abstracts of 300 words, or panel proposals, to Dr Samantha
Murray via email at by Friday, 16 April 2010.

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Me me me me!

30th Dec 2009 | 08:58 pm
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So I pretty much never do these end of year things, but dammit, 2009 has been a really great year for me.  So rather than meandering through what I remember, this will at least give my ramblings some structure:

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Started a PhD.  Worked for an organisation whose values are congruent with mine.  Lived with a housemate completely drama-free.  Fell in love with a Socialist and started a relationship that's reciprocal on all levels (sexual, romantic, intellectual, etc).  Presented my academic work in a semi-public forum (work in progress day).  Went to an academic conference.

ETA: LOOKED UP SLASH OF MY OWN ACCORD, IN A FANDOM NO ONE I KNOW IS IN.  Jeeves and Wooster, I heart them ever so!  (I am now also feeling a strong need for some Fry and Laurie RPS. LOL.)

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make resolutions.  But things have gone more or less according to plan.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
I'm yet to leave Australia.  Hopefully next year I'll get to go to the US for research.  With funding!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Discipline/the ability to focus and be more productive on my PhD.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14 July. First date with The Socialist.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
It's been a great year, but I'm not sure I actually achieved all that least, I don't feel like I did anywhere near enough on my thesis.  But I'm pretty sure that's also a constant feeling for all students everywhere all the time, so...

9. What was your biggest failure?
See above.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The usual minor ailments (colds, hangovers, sore ankles and knees). I actually started dealing with some of my ongoing minor health stuff this year by getting orthotics made by the wonderful podiatrist recommended by nixwilliams  .  I also had a few massages to deal with shoulder pain.  Mmmm, massage.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
iPhone! iPhone! iPhone!  Or maybe my 24" iMac!  Apparently Apple owns my soul.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Mine, dammit.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed?
Krudd.  Conroy.  Abbot.  Fielding.  And - so there's some balance - random socialist bully who yelled at me at a party.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Books. Cocktails. Frocks. Noms. I frikkin' love my life!!!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Starting my PhD. My iPhone.  My iMac. Having a sex life.  Sam Murray's The 'Fat' Female BodyThe Fat Studies Reader.  The Somatechnics conference.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Anything from The Gossip's Music for Men, probably.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder? Happier!
ii. Thinner or fatter?  Fatter!
iii. Richer or poorer? Poorer!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Actual productive work on my thesis.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Faffing around playing ridiculously addictive Popcap games!

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I did the family thing for the first time in a few years. It wasn't as awful as anticipated.

21. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
With a bunch of awesome friends, eating tapas, drinking alcomohol, singing karaokee, having fun.  I'm hoping The Socialist finishes work in time for midnight so I get kisses.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yep! With a Socialist!

23. How many one-night stands?
One.  Maybe one-and-two-halves?  Depends what you're counting.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
Jeeves and Wooster!  Dexter S4 was really excellent.  I watched an awful lot of TV this year, it's too hard to say.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think I hate anyone at all, actually.  There's one or two people I never want to speak to again, but I don't hate them.

26. What was the best book you read?
Sam Murray's The 'Fat' Female Body.  But I'm a geek like that.  I also loved Tom Cho's Look Who's Morphing.  And I thoroughly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (haven't read the original yet though...).

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Los Campesionos! (although I've gone a little sour since they retweeted a 'your mum is a whore joke' and I replied and they called me 'stiff'.  Fail.)  Also, Meredith music festival.

28. What did you want and get?
A new computer.  An iPhone.  An Awesome Housemate.  A lover.

29. What did you want and not get?
More done on my thesis...

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Samson and Delilah probably affected me the most.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My birthday was on Easter Sunday this year, so it was a very low-key.  A bunch of friends dropped over throughout the day, we ate food and drunk drinks and it was pretty nice, really. I was 31.  31 has been immeasurably better than 30 was.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
The ability to get over my terror-induced procrastination and do the work I really care about.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
In transition... I'm getting too old for a lot of what's available, and there's (as always) so little available that actually fits me that that presents a real challenge.

Alternately: Dresses and leggings would pretty much describe almost every outfit I wore this year.

34. What kept you sane?
Me! Growing up. My awesome friends. Regular social life. Being able to say no. Awesome Housemate. The Socialist. femme_in_s_ist  !

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Beth Ditto.  Oh my fucking god.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I probably spent more time talking about gay marriage than anything else.  Because, well, really, fuck heteronormativity.  But on the other hand, fuck outright discrimination.  But really, fuck heteronormativity.

ETA: And, you know, fat stuff. It's becoming more and more apparent that my views diverge from mainstream fat acceptance.  Like, I think appearance DOES matter.  And I don't believe in body autonomy/sovereignty. (I'm not against it, I just don't think it's possible.  At all.)

37. Who did you miss?
femme_in_s_ist !!!  Canberra is too far away!

38. Who was the best new person you met?
The Socialist.  But Awesome Housemate comes a close second.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
It's all ok.  Really.  It's all ok.

40. What are you most looking forward to in 2010?
More of the same, but with more productivity.  Yes!
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five small and excellent things

14th Dec 2009 | 12:40 pm
mood: contentcontent
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1. Meredith was awesome! There were so many cute, chubby, well-dressed girls and boys there that I wish I'd taken a camera so I could make a fat camp style photo blog. I have lots more to say about it, but it will have to wait for another post.

2. I have a copy of The Fat Studies Reader! I can't wait to get into it!

3. We went to see Where the Wild Things Are on Wednesday, and it was pretty much awesome. Families are hard. The kid who played Max was fantastic. Also, Catherine Keener is my officially secret movie star girlfriend.

4. Today is The Socialist and my five-twelfths anniversary. By coincidence, I gave him this present because it had just arrived from the intarwebs.

5. Batch have updated their breakfast menu again. I had amazing leek, broadbean and goats cheese omelet today. But I'm going back real soon for the seasonal fruit with mango yoghurt and hazelnut meringue.

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Best conversation I've had all week

5th Dec 2009 | 11:53 am
mood: deviousdevious

Me: I think I want to do some academic work on Hedonism.
Her: I think I just came in my pants.

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4th Dec 2009 | 11:27 am

I know this is, like, so behind the times, but could someone please explain to me why 'Single Ladies' is supposed to be such a great video. One of the feminist blogs I read just linked to it again, describing it as 'fierce', and I JUST DON'T GET IT. It's three women dancing like women dance in video clips. WHY?

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Breakfast! And other delicious foodz!

2nd Dec 2009 | 12:28 pm
mood: hungryhungry

Y'all, I love breakfast! I mean really, really LOVE it. One of my favourite things about studying from home is that I can make myself a cooked breakfast (if I don't have to go to work or do anything else early in the day, that is). This morning it was a FRIKKEN' DELICIOUS combo of home-made spicy baked beans with sour cream, veggie sage and onion sausages, fried eggs, and toast. OM NOM NOM! Totally inspired by last night's dinner (same deal, no sausages, poached eggs, wilted spinach), which was totally inspired by Batch's bean breakfast (spicy house-made baked beans with sour cream, eggs, and delightfully crusty polenta fingers...from memory it also comes with some kind of meaty thing, but of course I ask for it without).

The Socialist and I have really gotten into cooking breakfasts when he stays over (we can cook together, y'all! It must be true love!). He makes astonishingly good French Toast with Challah really soaked in the egg mixture so that it comes out sort of like a fried bread and butter pudding. We're on a long-term mission to try it with every topping combination we can think of - the best so far has been Nutella, cream cheese, and bananas fried in maple syrup (also a favourite for pancakes). The Challah French Toast is also inspired by Batch.

Another favourite is corn cakes with avocado, tomato and corriander salsa (ummm, also inspired by Batch, with influence from Las Chicas and the new Grindhouse who do a brilliant tangy, spicy tomatillo salsa).

We also make a pretty impressive dinner - a couple of weeks ago we spent five hours (with lots of waiting time spent sitting on the balcony drinking wine) making ravioli from scratch. We caramelised some onions in a pan, caramelised some pumpkin with garlic and rosemary in the oven, mixed it all together with some good fetta, and filed fresh home made pasta with spoonfuls of the mixture, which we then served with a sage and brown butter sauce. ZOMG FOODGASM!

And this weekend there were the Veggie Burgers of Incredibleawesomedelisciousness! I had all the bits for a friend's brithday BBQ which got rained out, so ended up cooking them up on the stove on Sunday instead. I had Turkish break rolls which I grilled and rubbed with garlic, red onions which I caramelised, field mushrooms which I fried, capsicum and zucchini which I grilled, marinated tofu steaks, cheese, lettuce, tomato, basil, and mayo. They were HUGE, and holy crap they were DELICIOUS! They didn't have the smoky flavour of the BBQ, but they were still totally amazing!

I really need to get a digital camera so I can document this stuff!

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Places to go, things to do

19th Oct 2009 | 11:34 am
location: Tell me where to go
mood: organised, efficient, curious

So I'm doing this PhD on fatness and sexual subjectivity, right.  Part of what I'm looking at is the interventions fat people are making into representation and discourse; how we negotiate/re-negotiate our fat identities.  In a way, it's sort of turning into a thesis on the fat/size acceptance movement.  And because of that, I want to do some 'field work' of sorts.  That is, hop over to the US (being the centre of the FA-universe) and hang out with some awesome fatties doing awesome fatty things.  So I'm starting to put together a sort of calender of fatty events for next year so I can try to figure out the best time to go and fit in as much as possible.

Dear friends list, I need your help.  I know it's probably a little early to really know when things are happening in 2010, but if you do know of any awesome and fat-related events or places I should visit, please tell me all about it!  I'm particularly interested in:

- Conferences (both academic and activist)
- Performances (theatre, dance, burlesque, etc)
- Community events
- Fatshion-related stuff (eg, fat girl flea, Re/Dress, etc)
- Awesome fatties who might be interested in hanging out and talking
- Pretty much anything else you care to mention

Ok, go!

(x-posted everywhere I go)

ETA: I made a calendar over here, to keep track of the (so far, single) events.  Comment here, there, or everywhere if you've got something.

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