Band tee: D&D Sluggers (winter 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2007)
Sneakers: Dansko, at Amazon.com (spring 2013)
Earrings: Target (summer 2012)
We’ve talked about this before, how fat people often feel as though we have to dress up to somehow justify the fact that we are fat, to prove that not all fat people are lazy, or something like that. And so often the pictures on tumblr enforce the idea that we are only worthy if we dress nicely.
Well, once again, it’s time to say fuck that to that idea.
A post over at Shakesville touched on this topic a while back, stating that “being ‘put together’ is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.” I think this is a small, subconscious reason I ended up accumulating so many accessories over the years, figuring that if I couldn’t find affordable, stylish, well-fitting, quality clothing in my size, then I needed to dress things up with necklaces and earrings.
While I do enjoy mixing things up with style and fun accessories, at least in recent years since discovering the body-positive and size-acceptance communities, I also want to affirm that privilege is not needed to be treated like a human being. Like Melissa, I don’t want to worry if wearing sweatpants to the ER is going to result in subpar healthcare. No excuses.