body type diversity

anonymous asked:

I really love your art. Could you possibly show us your way of drawing different body shapes?


This will go well with my thoughts on developing your own style, and it uses same basic principles as my tutorial about cartoony skulls, meaning it’s all about simple shapes!

Here’s some sketches of two basic body types on the left, and two more shapely/complex ones on the right;

If you haven’t noticed the basic difference right away; the heavy body type has round, soft lines, while the slim one has sharp lines and corners.

If you want to draw a heavy-set person, you should stick to softly curved lines, while if you want to draw someone who’s slim, the sharper the lines and corners, the skinnier they would seem.

A curvy female figure can often have sharp and round lines, giving it a very dynamic feeling.

A muscular male figure often appears very triangular, with the triangle pointing downwards, while a female figure is pear-shaped / a triangle pointing upwards.

Ok so I finished these and they were just kinda weird floating dismembered torsos so I added something to make them nicer to see;

First there’s the skinny two;

A female body tends to have a bottom-heavy figure, while male body is often top-heavy (but that’s not always the case, figures can be very different).
I added some bottom curves to the left one and wider shoulders to the right one to show that the triangles pointing up/down can be applied even to characters who don’t have a very shapely figure.

Next is the chubby two;

How fat is distributed in a human body is important to know when drawing heavier characters; a female body will primarily become bottom-heavy, while a male body will generally gain a big stomach area.

Also! Pay attention to lines on this one and the previous one; notice that the skinny two have many straight lines in their figure, while nearly all the lines on the heavy two are curved.

Lastly, they shapely two;

These two have their fair share of curved and straight lines, generally with a female shape there’s more curved, less straight, and with male shape there’s more straight, less curved.

The curved/straight line dynamic is the most important one when it comes to drawing different body types.

Often (but not always) starting / young artists have a much easier time drawing skinny people, because your hand is still stiff and in search of style.
As your hand gets looser, you become more familiar with round shapes - they come more naturally, and you add layers of thickness to your figures. 

It can be hard to get the right curve and get the body looking right - and study of anatomy will help you IMMENSELY with that might I add - once you get comfortable with drawing curves, they can easily become one of the most fun things to draw.

One suggestion I have about drawing curved lines is, don’t go steady. Don’t draw them slowly and carefully, just release your hand, and do it over and over and over until you get it right. Pretty sure I suggested this in my style ramblings but, drawing croquis is a GREAT help to get familiar with the human figure and it’s curves.

So that’s about it, I hope this helped!

ART MASTERPOST - A great selection of art resources form around the web.


My Personal Selections:

  • Fireworks - From Adobe, but my go-to app for graphics. It fuses bitmap and vector art in on amazing package.
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro - Super iPad paint app

The Others

  • Alchemy - Fun for abstract shapes.
  • Brushes - One of the first, pro level paint apps for the iPad.
  • MyPaint - a good art app for unix/linux systems.
  • Queeky - A free, browser-based image app.
  • Procreate - An awesome paint tool for the iPad
  • The GIMP - An open source art app that is good and very similar to Adobe Fireworks.
  • Inkscape - Vector/drawing program meant to be similar to Illustrator.
  • DAZ Studio - 3D modeling.
  • Pixlr - A suite of web-based art apps from Autodesk.
  • Photoshop - The gold standard, but not the best graphics app. Mostly great for bitmaps.
  • Illustrator - The king of the hill in terms of vector art applications.


  • heads from different angles
  • anatomy and rotation of the head
  • human anatomy for artists
  • speed drawing studies
  • nude references
  • hands
  • arm and wing movement 
  • beer belliesbody types
  • noses
  • box and egg/run of the stroke
  • a trick for armproportions
  • body diversity
  • anatomy of the waist
  • feet
  • hands and forearms

Color Theory

  • the psychology of color
  • how to mix skin tones
  • color harmony
  • a ton of colour palettes
  • how to contour/highlight
  • colour meanings
  • how to colour


  • Drawing facial expressions
  • Arms (male and female)
  • Kissing
  • Drawing faces tutorial
  • Drawing ears
  • Drawing eyes
  • Drawing hair
  • Draw a 3D room
  • Drawing lips
  • Drawing jeans
  • Drawing hands
  • Drawing wings
  • Drawing hats and other head accessories
  • Drawing heads
  • Drawing the booty and thighs


  • emotions and facial expressions
  • expressions from different angles (love this site)
  • body language


  • figure drawing examples
  • posemaniacs
  • gesture drawing 
  • flexiblity
  • hand poses

Skin tones

  • handy palletpainting skin
  • paint some life into your skin tones
  • ethnic skintones

Color Technique

  • gamut mask tool (very nice!)
  • colour does not have to suck
  • 5 easy ways to improve your colouring
  • fucking gradients, how do they work
  • light and shadow
  • painting crystals
  • achieving a painterly look in SAI 
  • painting forests
  • colour scheme designer
  • kuler (more colour schemes)
  • portrait lighting cheatsheet


  • drawing 101
  • how to paint realistic hair
  • how to paint realistic eyes
  • tutorials
  • creature design
  • folds
  • glasses
  • a pretty extensive general art tutorial
  • how to draw hoods
  • how to draw boobs in shirts
  • how to draw hair
  • how to draw faces
  • another face tutorial
  • how to draw hands
  • how to draw mouths
  • how to draw expressions
  • more expressions
  • cargsdoodle’s body tutorial
  • how to draw arms
  • how to avoid same facing
  • how to draw clothing folds


  • drawing references
  • hairstyle references
  • eye references
  • a ton of clothing references
  • ear references
  • kneeling/sitting references
  • kissing references


Feline tutorials:

  • The domestic cat body
  • Improving upon (lion) anatomy
  • Realistic lion faces tips
  • Big cat paw tips
  • Canine vs. feline - paws and legs
  • Beginner feline tutorial
  • Guide to big cats
  • Feline comparison
  • Canine vs. feline - facial anatomy
  • Canine vs. feline - chest anatomy
  • Guide to little cats
  • Big cat eyes (could work for other eyes)
  • Spot variation in big cats
  • Big cat studies
  • Feline feet
  • Extremely helpful big cat references
  • Domestic cat references

Canine tutorials:

  • Basic wolf anatomy
  • Skeleton notes on wolf legs
  • The wolf skeleton as a whole
  • The wolf skull and teeth
  • Wolf paw tips
  • Basic canine poses
  • Canine ears and chest
  • Drawing realistic wolves
  • Basic wolf tutorial
  • Wolf paw tutorial
  • Paw pad tips
  • Wolf fur direction
  • Canine vs. feline - paws and legs
  • Canine vs. feline - facial anatomy
  • Canine vs. feline - chest anatomy
  • And this is just an excellent DA for wolf reference images
  • Fluid greyhound studies
  • Detailed canine nose tutorial

Avian tutorials:

  • Bird wing anatomy applied on humanoids
  • Bird wing tutorial (lots of underrated tips)
  • Varying bird wing structure
  • Basic owl anatomy
  • Bird wing vs. bat wing vs. pterodactyl wing vs. human arm
  • Bird wings and flight
  • Various bird wings
  • Eagle facts sheet
  • Bird muscular and skeletal anatomy
  • Some great photograph bird (wing) references
  • Dorsal anatomy of a bird wing
  • Winged people anatomy

Human(oid) tutorials:

Facial features:

  • Excellent expressions tut
  • Altalamatox face tutorial
  • Profile proportions
  • Expression tutorial
  • Virtual lighting studio
  • Various facial and body shapes reference
  • Drawing the nose
  • Human mouths
  • Breaking down the human nose
  • How to draw the ear
  • Jawline and kissing tip
  • The human head at various angles
  • Advice on eyes
  • Nose shapes
  • The human skull and face
  • Facial features
  • Portrait lighting cheat sheet
  • Animating dialogue (mouth movement)
  • A kissing tutorial
  • Expressions photo references
  • Semi-realistic eye tutorial
  • Painting a realistic eye
  • The face in profile
  • The human head at various angles
  • Muscles in the neck and face
  • Breakdown of lips
  • Blocked out human faces
  • Average female faces of the world
  • Expressive eye reference
  • Excellent ear anatomy tutorial
  • Constraining the face
  • The face at various angles
  • Human faces
  • Skull to face tutorial
  • Excellent teeth tutorial. Animalistic, but it works
  • Tips on teeth
  • Colours of the face
  • Photographic mouth/teeth reference
  • Stylized noses and ears

Neck, shoulders, arms, back, and torso:

  • A male shoulder study
  • Muscles in the neck and face
  • Neck and torso tut
  • Male torso anatomy in use
  • Arm shape and muscles
  • Breaking up the male torso
  • Female anatomy patterns
  • Male torso photo reference
  • Over the shoulder poses
  • Shoulder structure (male)
  • Male torso in motion
  • A neat arm trick
  • Detailed arm muscle drawings
  • Male muscle reference
  • Human back tips
  • Movement and muscles of the neck, torso, and arms
  • Simplifying a muscular male torso
  • Drawing boobs
  • Female vs male arms and shoulders
  • Making sure ladies have room for organs and realistic boobs
  • Shoulders vs hips
  • Hands on hips poses
  • Muscles of the arms and shoulders (in motion)
  • Varied male and female torso references

Legs, hips, and feet:

  • Male vs. female waist
  • Female anatomy patterns
  • The human hips
  • Male legs reference
  • A beginner’s guide to knees
  • Feet and shoes tutorial
  • Simplifying the human foot
  • Feet reference drawings
  • Feet, ankles, and shoes
  • Shoulders vs hips
  • Bent legs yes and no’s (female)
  • Hands and feet from cone shapes


  • Hand tips and reference
  • Simplifying hands
  • More simplified hands
  • The human hand
  • More hand(y) tips
  • Yet another hands tutorial
  • The fist
  • The hand in motion
  • Hand and feet tips
  • Excellent hand and feet studies
  • How hands grip a sword
  • Hand poses
  • Boxing out the hand
  • Hello more hand refs
  • Hand angle references
  • Correct grip on a pistol
  • Various hand references (with object holding poses)
  • Simple hands, fingers, and nails
  • Hands and feet from cone shapes

Full body and poses:

  • Simplifying human anatomy
  • Understanding anatomy part 1 (follow desc. links for more)
  • A guide to movement: flexibility
  • Pose tutorial
  • Varying the female figure
  • Excellent action and couple references
  • Various athletic builds
  • Proportional height of different positions
  • The human body in perspective
  • Body type diversity
  • Another ladies tutorial
  • Fullbody proportions tutorial
  • Guide to human types
  • Couple pose photo references
  • Practice figure drawing (animals as well)
  • How weight sits on different (female) bodies
  • Kneeling and sitting stock references
  • Constructing poses and the line of action
  • Varying your body types (female)
  • Large source of female anatomy references

Hair and skin:

  • Various types of hair
  • Drawing hair
  • Skintone palettes
  • Variation of colour throughout the skin
  • Painting skin
  • Skin tutorial
  • Skin undertones (men)
  • Drawing freckles
  • Drawing different types of hair


  • Bird wing anatomy applied on humanoids
  • Animal feet on a human figure
  • Various human bone studies
  • Interesting mythical creature skeletons with humanoid anatomy
  • Winged people anatomy

Dragon tutorials (and bat wings):

  • Anatomy of the Western dragon
  • Dragon wing tips
  • Dragon wing tutorial
  • Dragon anatomy
  • Dragon tutorial
  • Bat wing anatomy tutorial

Equine tutorials:

  • Basic horse (back) reference
  • The equine skeleton
  • Horse anatomy and pointers
  • A good, large collection of horse stock references
  • Skeleton of a horse and its rider
  • Horse hooves
  • Skeletal and fluid horse studies

Cervine tutorials:

  • Basic deer anatomy
  • Deer skeleton drawing
  • Deer musculature
  • Deer skeleton
  • Fluid deer studies
  • The Big Book of Drawing: deer
  • Reindeer noses

Ursine tutorials:

  • Fantastic bear anatomy/poses references
  • Basic bear structure
  • Bear anatomy tutorial

Miscellaneous animal tutorials:

  • Sheep vs. goats
  • Anteater studies
  • Chimp studies
  • Asian elephant skeletal drawing
  • Animating four legged creatures
  • Various animal studies from an animation aspect
  • Drawing rats
  • A tutorial on creature design
  • Snake mouths
  • Amazing teeth tutorial

Background and objects tutorials:

  • Griffsnuff background tut part 1 (second in desc.)
  • Tree tutorial
  • Realistic gems tut
  • Water tutorial
  • General water tutorial
  • Drawing crystals
  • Drawing bows
  • Painting rocks
  • Parts of a saber (other swords linked in desc.)
  • Analyzing key and contrast/time of day/etc
  • Corner-pin perspective distortion
  • Using three cubes to make a street view
  • Cloud tutorial
  • A beautiful flower tutorial
  • A simple but effective tree tutorial
  • Drawing mechanical objects
  • Multiple tree tutorials
  • Perspective tricks
  • Weapon and shield accessory tutorial
  • Background painting tips (blocks and angular objects)

Clothing tutorials:

  • Fabric tutorial
  • Clothing folds part 1 (second in desc.)
  • Drawing hoods
  • Drawing jeans
  • Hat on human figure reference
  • Armor
  • More hat on figure references
  • Different shirt collars
  • Collars, sport backs, vests, and pants
  • Draperies and costumes
  • Making colourful fabric patterns
  • Baseball cap reference
  • A ton of clothing references
  • A boatload of well-organized clothing refs
  • Feet and shoes tutorial
  • Dressing Rosalind Lutece (older female clothing)
  • Feet, ankles, and shoes
  • Hats and how to draw them
  • Clothing folds tutorial
  • Drawing clothing wrinkles
  • A breakdown of medieval armor
  • Drawing hoods

General painting, drawing, and style tips:

  • Altalamatox digital painting walkthrough
  • Simple fur tutorial
  • Realism painting tutorial (human subject)
  • Excellent colour tutorial
  • Painting a wolf (good fur painting visual)
  • Photoshop brushes tut
  • Basics of Photoshop tutorial
  • Another digital painting tutorial
  • Common digital painting mistakes
  • Colour and light
  • Soft cel-shading tutorial
  • Various types of hair
  • Colour tips and the mood it expresses
  • Composition tips
  • Lighting and colour tips
  • Shadows
  • Another composition tut
  • Simple colouring via overlay
  • From paper to digital
  • Painting gold
  • Colour palette turtles
  • Excellent fur painting tutorial
  • Skin painting tips
  • Colouring black and white pictures
  • Creating a colour palette with MS Paint
  • Obeying screen direction
  • Analyzing key and contrast/time of day/etc
  • The coil technique
  • Colour adjustment tips
  • Making flat colour pieces look gorgeous
  • Blending with hard brushes
  • Outlining in SAI
  • Uncommon information regarding colours
  • Compositional balance
  • Visual algorithms
  • Gesture over anatomy
  • Disney Chris Sanders’ style tips
  • Design, colour, and value
  • Decent art without lining or shading
  • Varied shots of the human figure
  • Cinematography of the Incredibles
  • Giving characters personality with poses and expressions
  • The main shapes of character design
  • Tamberella’s shading tutorial
  • SAI watercolour tutorial
  • Choosing interesting colours (by PurpleKecleon)
  • Local colour and dramatic lighting
  • Silhouettes and line of action

Hand and wrist health:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome information
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome exercises
  • Wrist, hand, and finger stretches video
  • Another video with good hand exercises
Does anyone else feel......

like PB missed an opportunity when they revealed what Maxwell looks like shirtless? 

The backstory they gave for his hippo tattoo about how he was a chubby kid, but his mom never made him feel bad about it, was so sweet. I was kinda disappointed that they gave him the standard chiseled 6-pack abs that we’ve seen for all male LIs throughout all the choices books. 

I feel like that story could have been more powerful if they gave Maxwell a “softer” body type and had him explain how he came to love and accept his body thanks to his mom’s encouragement despite what his father thought. 

I know they explained that he got into dance and got fit, but—guess what?— dancers can also have a range of body types.

Bottom line: I’m ready for PB to portray more diverse body types in their main character artwork, and I feel like they missed a great opportunity with a character that we already know and love.

So on Saturday, at our family reunion, I was drawing on paper, and I was drawing a self-insert related character next to Silas to show off their body type difference

but the thing is I was worried and thinking to myself “did I draw her squishy enough though? she doesn’t look like it” which, I’m sure fellow artists can relate to the problem of a character’s body type not coming through enough once you draw the clothes

so my cousin, who is also heavy like me, looks at my drawing and she goes “YES GIRL! KEEP DRAWING GIRLS LIKE THAT!!! WE NEED MORE OF EM THAT LOOK LIKE US!”

which… well, that answered my question :P

Someone somewhere: Y'know, I wish OK KO had more diverse body types for their female characters…


anonymous asked:

I think the animators and writers of ok ko will defend inserting anime influences into their works by saying "well *I* watched inappropriate content as a minor and I'm fine!" Except.... they aren't fine. They're sexualizing woc in content made for children and they're purposefully callous in their responses to any concerns. Disappointing.

also the fact that CN has probably seen enid and other female characters with super revealing clothing in that show and didn’t think even for a second, “hmm.. maybe that shouldn’t be a cartoon for kids aged 7 and up” just annoys me a tad bit. isnt there a character in that show who literally has her tits hanging out, too?

Diversify ToG and ACOTAR

In both ACOTAR and ToG there is a limited amount of representation. I’m not talking about LGBTQ. But rather, I’m talking about PoC and diverse body types.

I’m not saying there isn’t characters of color in both series. But I am saying there is a lack of representation. I know SJM can’t describe the characters as Latino, Asian or African. But what SJM could have done is described them in a way that brings those images to mind. In fact, the only characters I can think of that are PoC are Nesryn, Nehemia and Tariquin, Rhys, Cassian and Azriel.

Now, I know their ethnicity does not play a major role in the plot. But as an Asian American, it hurts when I read my favorite series and know that no one looks like me. Everyone in the series for the most part is white. They may differ in hair and eye color. But they are still white. And they are also all tall, drop dead gorgeous and, in my mind, model-esq. Which brings me to another point.

Not everyone in the world has six pack abs, is tall as hell, and have legs that go on for day. Nor does everyone have a broad back or broad shoulders. And neither is everyone well-endowed in both the chest, butt and penis area. In fact, when I look around, I cannot find anyone to match that description. And I know that this is a fantasy series with “ideal” men and women. But when reading this, I also can’t help but compare myself to these characters. I know, it seems stupid, but I do. I do compare myself. And the thing is, not everyone has the “ideal” body. Rather, some people have curves, some have a small butt and small breasts. Some people are strong, but don’t have muscles to prove it. Some people are short and some are tall. And some do possess the attributes that SJM describe Aelin, Feyre & Co. with having. But not everyone has that. And in my opinion these characters don’t need to have those attributes to be described as gorgeous. In fact, in Leigh Bardugo’s duology, Six of Crows, there are two main character women. And one of the women has curves, while the other is a PoC. Though they are just two in a small pool of diverse women in YA fantasy books, that is just my point. There is not a lot of diverse characters. And yes, we are as a society slowly moving forward with rectifying this, it is still slow.

Now, I’m not suggesting that SJM re-write ToG and ACOTAR to accommodate my want for diversity. In fact, I know she won’t even read this post. But the reason I feel like I should and I want to post this is because of the ToG TV Show that is in the works.

I know many will disagree with me, but with this TV Show, we don’t need a cast that fits the descriptions of Aelin & Co. to the T. In fact, the only thing we really need is a great script, amazing actors, and for the show to follow the series. (Oh, and have Aelin have the Ashryver eyes, but that can be rectified with contacts)

But back to the point of diversification.

When I am scrolling through the tags and see a PoC represent one of the main characters, or a drawing of a person that doesn’t have that “ideal” body type for Aelin, Feyre & Co. I am overwhelmed with a feeling of joy, satisfaction and justice. Because while they may not be the description of the characters, I personally, feel like these depictions are the way my favorite characters should be described. And so, to wrap this up, let’s start diversifying ToG and ACOTAR, if only in our fanfics and fan art.

And know many people will disagree with my on this point, I get that, I accept that, and I respect that. But this is my personal opinion so please, don’t attack me.

Funny how so many people on Tumblr love to reblog endless pictures of nearly interchangeable light-skinned, thin, very young, foreign East Asians while Asian-Americans with more diverse body types and faces are ignored at best and mocked at worst by the very same people.

The only reason you think we all look the same is because of you people self-reinforcing your own weird fetishes.

What show did you guys think you were watching?
  • Crewniverse: Have a show about gay space rocks
  • Fans: Hurray!
  • Crewniverse: With diverse body types
  • Fans: Woo!
  • Crewniverse: And one of them is a gender-fluid shape-shifter.
  • Fans: Neat!
  • Crewniverse: Here's an androgynous fusion character.
  • Fans: Awesome!
  • Crewniverse: And a racially diverse cast of secondary human characters.
  • Fans: Earth forever!
  • Crewniverse: Did we mention that Pearl is gay? Let's have three episodes about how gay Pearl is.
  • Fans: Those are our favorite!
  • Crewniverse: Did we mention that the main plot of the show is about standing up to an oppressive, socially regressive society?
  • Fans: So epic!
  • Crewniverse: And here's an episode about how to be a good ally!

In what is being heralded as the biggest, boldest move in the franchise’s 57+ year history, Mattel’s flagship and household fixture “Barbie” announced today (January 28, 2016) that they would be expanding their Fashionista line to introduce three new body types that will be sold alongside their svelte “Original”. They are “Tall”, “Curvy”, and “Petite”.

In recent years, with the rising popularity of doll lines highlighting and celebrating the unique differences among people in our world (like Mattel’s own Monster High), Barbie’s popularity (and sales) have seen significant declines… enough so that, behind the scenes within the company, an initiative to revamp the legendary doll; virtually, from the ground up. Within the company, this push to redefine and rediscover Barbie’s essence and her place in the modern world was code-named Project Dawn. What you see above is the culmination of that work; 4 body types, 7 different skin tones, 22 different eye colors, and 24 individual hairstyles (to say nothing of face sculpts).

Anyone who’s followed us for a significant amount of time know that I (Mod Ren) am a huge fan of fashion dolls… So, naturally, I have a lot to say about this development…

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

It's so nice how the guys in Hetalia have diverse body types in canon. But the fanart where they are all portrayed as overly conventionally attractive and skinny and sparkly is so spread to the point the official art isnt as known, that now everyone outside of the fandom thinks its one of those shoujo bishie animes (like Uta no prince or Jugallobunga Romanti forgot the name of that one) that are aimed at teenage girls.. Oh god now I went off topic as i went along, sorry.

Hetalia is one of those few “Animes” that have realistic body types AND diverse

Italy is what they call “Slender” because he has wider hips and America is “Big boned” because of wide shoulders and a bigger chest 

And look at this cutie too!

Canon chubby character who is adorable 

canon fat character that is adorable 

One thing that I really love about Himaryua’s work especially is although they are anime styled drawings they don’t have the super skinny unrealistic anime body types like everyone looks like they have a healthy weight 


anonymous asked:

Knowing (almost for certain) that the galra from the weblum is one of Lotor's generals, what do you make of her scaultrite collection? And seeing as Lotor has more than one general why do you think he only had one person go to the weblum? From what we saw it almost definitely requires two people at least (one to provoke the weblum and one to collect the scaultrite). So why did Lotor only send one person when he has four generals?

We can actually compare the armor between WG and the four generals- each has subtle variations- to identify which one specifically.

WG is the pale-complected one at the back- Pink Ears and Orange have different body types while Hood has a tail and wouldn’t have been without her cat- Hood also has curved shoulder pieces and orange stripes on the thighs of her armor while Orange has webbing in her under-arms and Pink Ears has shorter shoulderpads with that kind of ‘collar’ piece and spikes on her bracers.

The one people have been jokingly calling “Space Azula” is the only one who matches WG directly. She’s got the straight shoulder pads, and the patches of orange between shoulder and collar.

Which does mean, unfortunately, that my Lotor twin theory is shot down in flames but considering the actual answer is looking like “this is one of Lotor’s all-female generals who have cool designs and diverse body types” I suppose I can find it in me to… master my disappointment, ha ha.

As far as the General’s situation… It could suggest that maybe Lotor and his Generals operate much more like Voltron itself- they’re very used to not having any people to spare so as a result generals take individual or piecemeal missions.

The fact that the general had no qualms blowing up her ship to escape would suggest that she wasn’t entirely cut off from help? She clearly had some way to either call for a ride, or one of the other generals waiting for her on the way out.

anonymous asked:

Hello, the other day me and my brother fought about a phrase that he said about an actress "she's pretty for a fat woman" and I couldn't convince him that he actually though she was pretty regardless of her weight, he could not see beyond his prejudice. I would like to hear your opinion about how to talk to people like that, or if you already have a post about it, thx <3

Our culture hates fat people. Fat people are relentlessly dismissed, demeaned, and demonized. Fatness is seen as either the culmination of bad life choices or a mean-spirited punchline. In a culture that moralizes and medicalizes bodies, a particularly virulent version of this occurs when it comes to fat bodies. So it’s no surprise that being fat is so often synonymous with being ugly and unhealthy. Breaking away from these toxic and insidious cultural messages is no easy task. It takes a deliberate effort to recognize, understand, and subvert what, for most of us, has become deeply ingrained ideology regarding health and beauty standards. The reality is that fatness is just fatness. It does not and should not necessarily have any bearing on perceptions of health or beauty. 

There are some indications that the social tides are turning and we are becoming more accepting of diverse body types in general—but this is, of course, not without a good deal of resistance from the mainstream. We continue to be inundated with messages that fat people are less-than, that we simply make bad choices, that we are lazy, gluttonous slobs who lack will-power and discipline, that we are deserving of shame and ridicule and derision and that such treatment is ‘for our own good.’ We, as fat people, are told that we need to change our bodies, that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t, that we should think of ourselves as merely temporarily-embarrassed skinny people, that our true selves, our true potential can be unlocked if we would just drop the pounds. And after that, after we alter who we are, only then are we finally allowed to be beautiful. 

So how do you fight against this type of message? How do you talk to someone who thinks that fat people are inherently unattractive because they are fat? I wish I knew. Audre Lorde once described talking with men and white women about social issues as constantly having to ‘reinvent the pencil.’ I suppose it would require something like that: a complex and patient educational undertaking in the hopes of the person recognizing the implicit biases and social influences that shape every aspect of our worldviews. I wish you the best of luck.

As a starter, here are a few resources that might act as a decent introduction to some of the more problematic or prevalent aspects of fat shaming. One on people’s phony concern for fat people’s health, one on phrases that you may not think are fat shaming but actually are, and a fantastic episode of This American Life about the impact and role of fat shaming in our culture

Hey….newsflash….having one (1) slightly chubby character in your whole lineup of skinny/toned characters is not good “body type diversity” and you do not deserve a pat on the back for it

While I’m really loving O K K. O. I’m still very irritated with how the chicks all pretty much look like they where made from the same mold, especially with how all the guys in the show have such diverse body types and shit? This kind of stuff bothered me when I was a kid (back when I identified as a little girl) cause while all the guys had diverse body types all the girls had to look the same and have flat stomachs. This shit is so fucking discouraging to young chubby girls; thus far the only female character I see on that show who’s actually chubby and doesn’t fit the typical mold is a fucking granny. I thought cartoons stopped doing the whole “your ‘fat girl representation’ is gonna be joke characters and old ladies” biz but guess not.

enasroterfaden  asked:

Hi Mods! Firstly, thanks for providing these great writing resources. My question is quite general, and I hope you don't mind that: what kind of autistic representation would you like to see (or see more of) in media?

Hi! This is a great question!! Now, this is a non-exhaustive list, but here are some characters I’d love to see more of in media:

  • Adult autistics and autistic teens. Elderly autistic people.
  • Autistic girls and women.
  • Trans, nonbinary and gender-noncomforming autistics.
  • Gay, lesbian, bi, pan, ace and aro autistics.
  • Non-white autistics.
  • Autistics with (other) disabilities.
  • Autistics with diverse body types.
  • (summarized: intersectionnality!!)
  • Autistics who are neither geniuses, neither intellectually disabled.
  • Intellectually disabled autistics who are still written as fully-fledged human beings rather than walking tragedies or burdens.
  • Autistic children who are loved and supported by their parents.
  • Autistic families with autistic parents of autistic kids. That one allistic uncle sometimes comes to family meals and kind of weirds them out.
  • Autistic teens and adults in healthy, loving, supportive relationships.
  • Autistic adults who have sexual relationships, tell lies, drink, and are all around not depicted as pure angels or as little kids but as human adults.
  • Autistic people who live independently and have successful and enriching professional and social lives.
  • Autistic people who cannot live independently but still enjoy successful and enriching professional and social lives.
  • Autistic people who dedicate their lives to pursuing their special interests.
  • (summarized: death to stereotypes!)
  • Autistic people who are not only sidekicks but protagonists.
  • Autistic people in genre fiction: autistics in medieval fantasy! autistics in sci-fi! autistics exploring the jungle in adventure books! post-apocalyptic autistics! autistics discovering government conspiracies in thrillers! autistics in horror movies who are the last survivors!
  • Autistic people whose autism is often mentioned in the book but is not relevant to the main plot
  • Coming-of-age stories with autistic people discovering their identity
  • Badass autistic characters. Autistic characters autistic kids (and everyone else) will want to identify with.
  • (summarized: positive and diverse representation!)

-Mod Cat

Ditto to all that, plus: autistic characters who show empathy and emotion and have a sense of humor. I am SO SICK of the “robot autistic” trope, the one who speaks in monotone and talks like a computer and is physically incapable of lying. We have enough of those. Give us some fun characters too, please.

-Mod Aira