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I can’t help but think of the .gifs floating around Tumblr, the ones where Lawrence talks about how much food she eats, how she loves McDonald’s fries. Would the Internet have embraced those quotes coming from a larger actress? Someone like Melissa McCarthy?
—  Jenny Trout, on why Jennifer Lawrence’s messages about body type perhaps shouldn’t be as blindly accepted as they are [x]

Since I did one for the places in the Boss series, I’ll do one for the characters. These people are the physical inspirations for the Boss series characters. And this is going to be a really tall post, but I don’t want to hear it because do you know how many times I’ve had that color-of-the-sky post show up on my dash? Exactly.

Sophie Scaife (Naya Rivera) When I started writing the series, I imagined Sophie as looking like Amber Heard, but a couple of people said they imagined Naya Rivera, so… Now I’m really depressed that I described Sophie as being a white woman. But when I write, i just ignore my past stupidity and picture Naya.

Neil Elwood (Anthony Head) Let’s be real, who else was he going to be?

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The Boss - Abigail Barnette (A Mix)

[A playlist inspired by the wonderful series written by jennytrout that has, in all honesty, consumed me for the better part of two weeks.] 

  1. ∘❄ Tlaan - Devil’s Touch 
  2. ∘❄ Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know? 
  3. ∘❄ Sugababes - Too Lost In You 
  4. ∘❄ Justin Timberlake - Tunnel Vision 
  5. ∘❄ Magnetic Man - I Need Air (feat. Angela Hunte) 
  6. ∘❄ Miguel - Vixen 
  7. ∘❄ Jennifer Lopez - Step Into My World 
  8. ∘❄ Frank Ocean - Nature Feels 
  9. ∘❄ Janet Jackson - All Nite (Don’t Stop) 
  10. ∘❄ Benny Benassi - Cinema (feat. Gary Go; Skrillex Remix) 
  11. ∘❄ Little Mix - DNA 
  12. ∘❄ Disclosure - Latch (feat. Sam Smith)

[Listen here (x)]

[My iPod kept shuffling me tracks that reminded me of the books. I figured I might as well compile them and be done with it (つω⊂* )]
The reason these people do not want to see a fat body in a bikini is because traditionally, that garment is something a woman earns by proving herself attractive enough to exist. If fat women begin wearing them without shame or fear, what’s next? Will they have self-esteem? Will they demand respect? Then what will keep them in their proper place? How would conventionally attractive people judge them?
Jenny Trout on John Green

Jenny Trout sums up her feelings on the latest John Green kerfluffle, which is a lot like my feelings except calmer.  Collected from her posts on Twitter for easy reading.

I don’t see anything in the original post that accused John Green of molestation or sexual abuse. I saw John Green bring those up. I’ve now also seen tons of people defending him from the allegations of sexual abuse that were never made by the original poster. Was that a harsh thing for that person to say? Sure. But it’s an opinion, just like when women say, I don’t know, John Mayer seems gross. And when you’re in the public eye, people are going to have opinions about you that are mean and unfair and harsh and upsetting. Other people are going to see those opinions, and they’ll have opinions about them, and their own perspectives. And that’s how it works.

But when I read that original post, where this person (and I’m just assuming this person is a teenager or a young adult) is saying, this celebrity gives off this vibe to me when he’s interacting with his fan base, I just had this full body STOP moment. Because those words and that description of the creepy dad chaperoning the pool party…that sounded so, so specifically detailed. I’m not going to speak for the original poster. I don’t know if this is a situation that they were ever forced into. But it made me think of all the teenagers out there who probably have great skill in picking up the creepy dad vibe. The creepy uncle vibe. And this incident didn’t start a dialogue about that. This guy who knows and connects with teenagers on a level that seems almost like sorcery (not a bad thing or an accusation of witchcraft here) took this post, blew it up, and made the probably young poster who was sharing their thoughts about something that obviously was bothering them the target of not just angry John Green fans, but angry YA authors. And it became an opportunity to talk about how mean these young fans are on the internet, how they make Tumblr a terrible place, about online bullying.

I know everyone has probably said all of this before. But I truly believe this situation could have been handled better, and in way that didn’t center the conversation on the umbrage taken by an adult man and his professional acquaintances, but on the things that young people face from predatory adults. And it could have all been done without JG taking on the mantle of victimhood. Honestly, I’m really disappointed in some of my fellow authors, especially those who write predominately in the YA genre. Do you care about the teens you’re writing for? Or are you just there for the praise and the money? Their lives are more complex than that. You’re talking about people who are being asked to make major decisions about their rest of their life while their brains are still forming.

Yes, someone did call on JG to defend himself in that post. But it was not the original poster. Tumblr users can freely add to posts. I just feel like there was so much public shaming of that original poster, when they never accused JG of sexual abuse in the first place. We go to such lengths to tell kids, “Hey, trust your gut, if you think something’s off about someone, it’s okay to say something. As adults, it’s our responsibility to make sure that is ALWAYS true.

I know that this whole thing has made me rethink about the ways I interact with my teen readers on social media. I receive questions on Tumblr from teenagers who haven’t read my YA, but have read my erotic romance. And they want sex advice. And I do worry, is this appropriate to answer? They’re coming to me as a stranger, should I tell them this isn’t a safe thing to do? I’ll think more about that now that this has happened. Because I care about them more than I care about being cool Tumblr mom. Anyway. That’s it. I understand why a YA author would feel the need to protect themselves from what seem like serious allegations, especially when things on the internet do snowball out of control. But I think it could have been done better. And certainly without alerting the entire internet book community in a rallying cry to defend a grown adult from a teen fanbase.

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I’m not a 50 Shades fan, but I’ll take a recommendation for good erotica any day of the week. And lemme tell you - I’ve been reading Abigail Barnette’s “The Boss” series for the last few days and I’ve been having a ball.

I’ve also barely been getting any sleep, because I start reading at 10pm and put the story down at 1am. 

I don’t know - it’s a really entertaining read? They’re not going to shortlist it for the Man Booker anytime soon, but I can’t remember the last time i had so much damn fun reading a book. And the best part is that the story goes out of its way to be female-friendly and LGBT-friendly and healthy and positive. The smut’s pretty damn good too. Four for you, Abigail Barnette,

IDK, I just felt the need to share how much I’ve enjoyed reading it. The first book (“The Boss”) is available on Kindle for free, and it’s great. I have a week’s worth of insufficient sleep to vouch for that fact (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

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I Wore A Bikini And Nothing Happened

The most common concern was my health. Presumably I, as a fat woman, would not know how to properly operate the complicated piece of equipment known as a bikini. What if I strangled in all the straps and ties? What if I became distracted by the complexity of spandex, a substance heretofore unknown to me, and wandered blindly into traffic? What if I ate it? I’m not sure what all these well-meaning people thought was going to happen to me. Blood pressure, heart problems, joint problems and cholesterol were all brought up, but I didn’t see any kind of warning label anywhere on the suit that suggested the Surgeon General had investigated these claims. I remain skeptical as to the health problems bikinis cause.

The secondary concern seemed to be that I would be “glorifying obesity.” I was going to look so good in my bikini, I would make others question their perceptions of beauty and body size? It seems like that’s more of an inducement to wear the bikini than not to wear it. And it’s a lovely compliment; I never knew I was so gorgeous as to make people rethink their lifestyles. Move over, Helen of Troy; Jenny Trout is going to wage a war on good health and fit bodies!

A third type of person only worried about my comfort: “Wouldn’t you be more comfortable in a one piece?” Or perhaps I would be more comfortable if I didn’t go to the beach at all. If I venture into the water in a bikini, the sight of my melanin-deficient Michigan belly might attract beluga whales. Sure, I could secretly live among them and learn their ancient ways, but I couldn’t keep that kind of ruse up forever. One day, they would learn of my betrayal, sparking tense conflict between humans and those gentle giants of the sea.

The bride (part of the boss series)

God damn it jennytrout, why does Sophie and Neil’s relationship always seem to accidentally line up with mine? I love this series but every conflict I have with my guy is always similar to theirs (granted, not to their extreme. Not dating a millionaire) it’s like the universe says that if I ever have a problem with the bf, read the boss to get some clarity.

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The Real Problem With The Cult Of Jennifer Lawrence

The reason Jennifer Lawrence is allowed to be a body-positive role model to young girls and “chubby” women is because she is representative of conventional beauty. Jennifer Lawrence’s public image has been built on a foundation of fat girl drag.

Jenny Trout of the Huffington Post is claiming Jennifer Lawrence body shames because despite the things she says, she herself is not that big. I think this journalist is missing a huge point. What do you say Tumblr?Je

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—  I get some weird spam comments on my blog sometimes.
First female physician by country?

Updated March 2015

If you can add to the list, please use the answer function to write the woman’s name and country.  

Argentina: Cecilia Grierson

Australia: Emma Constance Stone

Austria: Gabriele Possanner

Brazil: Rita Lobato

Canada: Jennie Trout/Emily Stowe

Chile: Eloísa Díaz Insunza

Colombia: Anna Galvis Hotz

Cuba: Laura Martinez de Carvajal

Czech Republic: Anna Honzáková

Denmark: Nielsine Nielsen

Ecuador: Matilde Hidalgo de Procel

Germany: Dorothea Erxleben

Hungary: Vilma Hugonnai

Finland: Rosina Heikel

France: Madeleine Brès, but pre-modern women such as Magistra Hersend also practiced medicine.

Ireland: Eleanora Fleury

Italy: Unknown, women qualified as physicians in the Middle Ages 1, 2

India: Anandi Gopal Joshi, followed closely by Kadambini Ganguly

Japan: Ogino Ginko

Korea: Jang Geum

Mexico: Matilde Montoya

Netherlands: Aletta Jacobs

New Zealand:  Emily Siedeberg/Margaret Cruickshank (Plus Rina Moore was the first Maori female physician)

Nicaragua: Concepción Palacios Herrera

Nigeria: Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi

Norway: Marie Spångberg Holth

Peru: Laura Rodriguez Dulanto

Philippines: Honoria Acosta-Sison

Poland: Anna Tomaszewicz-Dobrska

Portugal: Amélia dos Santos Costa Cardia

Romania: Maria Cuțarida-Crătunescu

Russia: Nadezhda Suslova

Singapore: Lee Choo Neo 

Spain: Dolors Aleu Riera

Sweden: Lovisa Årberg

Turkey: Safiye Ali

UK: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

USA: Elizabeth Blackwell

Venezuela: Lya Imber (European born) followed by Sara Bendahan (Venezuelan born)