women of all sizes

Because I am feeling ridiculously fannish about Wonder Woman at the moment, and because I am a nerd with too much time on her hands on a Sunday evening, here are a few interesting tidbits for you taken from the Wonder Woman IMDB page (with a little help from Wikipedia). 

There are 17 named Amazons in the credits (plus 15 actresses listed as guards, warriors, or townspeople.)  11 of the 17 named characters have their ages listed. 

Average age = 41.4 years

Oldest Amazon = 57 years

Youngest Amazon = 26 years

7 Amazons played by actresses 40 or older

Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta) and Robin Wright (Antiope) are both 51 years old.

Of the 32 women listed as playing Amazons in the credits, half if not more are women of color (not all the actresses had photos on their page).

These women are of all shapes and sizes.  There are stuntwomen, personal trainers and at least one boxer.

tl;dr = when you put women in charge of making a movie about a female superhero and the culture in which she is raised, you get something more realistic than 85% of the movies out there - superhero related or not.

I think one of the things that white feminism / terf feminism misses completely about WOC is that there is a difference between being sexualized and being found attractive and how that affects women of color as a result.

White women in the media are both sexualized and viewed as ideal and conventionally attractive, white women tend to take a position that pushes back on all forms of the male gaze which includes both sexualization, and being viewed as conventionally attractive.

Which is fine because of their dominant position as the apple of men’s eye they’re never going to doubt themselves as the most attractive species (even when it’s unwanted and generally unfavorable, and comes with a strict set of rules and beauty standards, because even if a white girl feels ugly, internal racism is still going to make her value herself higher than brown girls) but generally when white women reject beauty standards, they have enough support that it doesn’t adversely affect their mental well-being.

Now onto WOC. The system is completely different, woc are considered play things and sexual objects in a way that is unparalleled by their white counterparts. White women don’t /want/ to feel beautiful woc never /got/ to. And that matters, in a world where beauty, especially for women, determines worth, when women of color were never considered beautiful in the first place, their self worth is nonexistent.

So when woc say things like “I want to feel beautiful” a lot of white women mistake that for “I want to look good for men” which can be true if you’re white (even though everyone should be allowed to feel attractive in whatever way they want)

But with women of color the meaning shifts to more like “I want to feel like I have value, I want to feel loved and respected and to be attractive. Eurocentric beauty standards have never fit me, and with those being all the media I ever consumed, they’ve cemented themselves in my brain, I deserve to be desirable in a non inherently sexual way.”

And white women literally can’t empathize with this, which is okay! But there has to be an understanding that feminism isn’t one size fits all in which white women are the proxy.

This series was created by the same people behind “Parks and Recreation” and it would be such a shame to see it go unnoticed, so let me try to perk your interest.

1) The main character is a man of color who is an award winning journalist.

2) It’s very rare for shows to have women of various ages, sizes and skin colors who are all seen as beautiful and desirable at some point, not just because of their bodies but their personalities and skills too.

3) The most masculine man in the show is a farmer who is gentle, caring and gay, so a classic bear.

4) The priest is a Latino man who is really into funk music.

5) It’s both funny, delightfully creepy at times, and emotional but non of the emotional moments are forced or take up too much time.

6) All the characters (aliens included) are complex and interesting with real flaws.

7) The aliens have a different concept of sexuality and doesn’t understand gay or straight. Some think interspecies is taboo though.

8) Two male aliens are in love.

9) The show has such good characters it actually manages to make you like the rich white guy who wears a V-neck and insist on eating a paleo diet.

10) If you love modern alien lore or want to know more about it, this is the show. It gets everything right.

11) Things make sense. You’ll think the show is just being weird a first, but as the plot unfolds you’’ll realize why characters behaved the way they did in the first episodes.

So please give this show a try. You can watch it on TBS’s site, and if you live outside the US just google “People of Earth streaming” and you’ll find it. (I know I know, but what are us poor non-Americans supposed to do)

Latinx women are breathtaking. Latinx women deserve to be treated like human beings because we are. Latinx women are so capable and strong and intelligent and amazing. Latinx women have come so far and deserve so much more. Latinx women deserve to be happy, healthy, and safe. Latinx women are multitalented and giving and we don’t hear it enough. Latinx women have broken barriers, can break barriers, and will break barriers. Latinx women are so precious. Latinx women are allowed to cry and have feelings and feel sad. Latinx women need to be treated with more respect. Latinx women deserve the world. Latinx women must be respected at all times. Latinx women are hardworking and discredited. Latinx women stand together and call out abuse. Latinx women are humans. Latinx women are deserving and great. Latinx women face so much adversity and don’t deserve the hatred they face. Latinx women are allowed to feel angry without people fetishizing their anger. Latinx women are deserving of life and respect no matter where they were born. Latinx women are not creatures, but humans. Latinx women are not spices, but humans. Latinx women are allowed to speak out against things that are unjust. Latinx women need more representation in the media. Latinx women come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and from all over the world. Latinx women speak any language. Latinx women are introverted or extroverted or ambiverts. Latinxs women are allowed to be shy or outgoing. Latinx women are doctors, lawyers, stay at home mothers, teachers, janitors, chefs, cashiers, hairstylists, dancers, politicians, sex workers, accountants, vets, dentists, volunteers, artists, public speakers, managers, therapists, nannies, models, writers, athletes- everything and all deserving of the utmost respect. Latinx women own their own bodies and are in control of their own lives. Latinx women love. Latinx women are allowed to feel numb. Latinx women are revolutionary. Latinx women are, but not limited to, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, unsure, trans, asexual- unending. Latinx women are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Atheistic, Agnostic, Pagan and more. Latinx women do not deserve to be fetishized. Latinx women are humans, not sex objects. Latinx women are allowed to struggle with physical, mental, and developmental illnesses. Latinx women are survivors. Latinx women are warriors. Latinx women are allowed to laugh and cry. Latinx women are allowed to rest. Latinx women are so much more than what is written in this post. Latinx women deserve justice. Latinx women deserve to not be spoken over. Latinx women deserve positivity. Latinx women deserve to not have their issues derailed or ignored. Latinx women are so beautiful.

Things I Love about Wonder Woman

- Little Diana. Basically every scene with little Diana

- The fact that there are Amazons with different race, age, and body type

- the training montage

- “I’m going, Mother”

- “Who would I be if I stay?”

- The sex talk. “Men are important in procreation, but for pleasure, unnecessary.” And Steve’s reaction to that.

- “To the war!”

- The horrified look that one lady gives Diana when she’s trying out outfits

- the fact that war is shown to be bloody, horrifying, and painful

- Diana’s team is not all white. There’s native American and Latino. And the white one is Scottish

- The entire No Man’s Land scene

- “That’s what I’m going to do”

- PTSD, racism, and colonialism is shown. Not just a mention of it, but showing what those can do to people and the effects of those.

- Diana checking out that woman’s size. I love how this shoes that not all women have the same size. I love how this shows that a dress that might fit one, doesn’t necessarily means it would fit others.

- Diana’s realization that humans does horrible things by themselves, not because of Ares’ influence, and her refusing to fight because of that

- Steve’s sacrifice

-Diana’s compassion for dr. Poison

- “Goodbye, Brother”

- That last scene of Diana flying out

- The fact that I didn’t have to see women being sexualized in this movie

- The fact that Diana can be strong, beautiful, smart, and powerful without a man being better than her and the fact that this movie made me realize that women, that I, can be strong, beautiful, smart, and powerful

Go. See. Wonder. Woman.

Originally posted by dceus

So obviously I love Marvel with all my heart, but I got to see Wonder Woman and it was utterly phenomenal.  Literally, take everyone you know – men, women, children – but especially any little girls in your life because it was absolutely incredible.

Originally posted by kataera

There is absolutely nothing like watching hundreds of women of all shapes, sizes and color riding into battle on horseback, in armor, kicking ass.  Nothing.

Originally posted by robinwrightwebsite

I couldn’t stop crying because it was honestly just so beautiful, seeing so many powerful, strong women in one movie.

Originally posted by comicbookdaily

I could talk about this movie for forever, but I won’t because I have a massive essay that I’ve put off writing.  

Originally posted by dceumovies

But seriously.  

Originally posted by dcfilms

Please go see this movie.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe On Anxiety, Phone Sex And Life After ‘Precious’

Sidibe’s break-out role was in Precious, Lee Daniels’ 2009 film about a girl who is sexually abused by her father and physically abused by her mother. She speaks with Terry Gross about landing the title role despite the fact she didn’t have acting experience, overcoming anxiety and depression as a kid, and what it was like to work for a phone sex hotline:

“It was good practice for this interview right now! … You think that phone sex is about getting the caller off, but it’s about keeping the caller on. It’s about leading with your personality and making sure that they’re still listening and they’re still interested in you, because you cannot make money when they hang up. … They pay by the minute, and I get paid by the minute. …

[The company wouldn’t] hire you if you had no ability to make your voice white, because that’s who the men on the phone wanted to talk to. … The company was [run] by 95 percent plus-size black women. It’s so interesting that … we were all plus size and these men would not normally be into us, and if they were it’s a fetish or whatever. …

So it’s very strange to go from undesirable, into the office, you clock in, and [they say,] “I love you so much. I’ll call you every day” … but they think I’m white. … You think you’re talking to Megan Fox, but you’re talking to Precious. Look how dope and fierce and amazing and smart and genius we are to fool you into thinking that we’re the opposite.”

And this is why we still have issues! Apparently some wwe officials were “unhappy” with the MYC. And here’s why…😒


From what we saw, there were beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. A beautiful display of female athleticism and talent❣️🖕

WONDER WOMAN SAVED MY ENTIRE LIFE??

WOW I CANT BELEIVE I BROKE MY HIATUS FOR THIS BUT ITS IM P O R T A N T

WONDER WOMAN WAS SO GOOD. SO GOOD. (a lil cliche at the end, admittedly, but SO. GOOD.) ok lemme just

  • The little things. In the flashback to Ares corrupting man or whatever, it wasn’t just men fighting, it was also women. 
  • NO SEXY SHOTS, NO GLORIFIED POSES, NO STUPID ARMOR THAT COVERED NOTHING. EVERYTHING WAS PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL. THEY DIDNT HAVE FULL SKIRTS, SOME OF THEM EVEN WORE LEGGINGS, EVERYTHING WAS FULLY COVERED. 
  • when diana landed at the very end and her thighs jiggled like a real fucking person i damn near started crying im. wow
  • THERE WERE SO MANY DIVERSE WOMEN ON THEMISCRYA! All sizes, colors, builds, it was so nice so so so nice
  • those entire scenes when steve gets out of the bath and also on the boat
    • uh side note “she came to the conclusion that men were necessary for procreation, but not for pleasure”
    • “I’m a bit…above average”
  • “where i come from, we call that slavery” “i like her” in short etta candy is?? a blessing?? i wish she could have had a bigger role than just pointing a sword at that one guy trailing them. obviously that was incredible but i wanted etta fucking up some shit
  • that plot twist with ares was pretty good, although i was half laughing bc the actor who played him was remus lupin and why would the god of war be a skinny white dude with a curly mustache i just. i cant
  • this may seem like a really small deal for anyone else but in the train scene when they’re at the station and other scenes as well there were Indian soldiers and a lot of people forget thousands of Indians were drafted and forced to fight as they were under british imperial rule at the time and you know what? when you’re so overlooked all of the fucking time? Even saying two or three faces in the crowd is fucking amazing? Because someone remembered  you existed?
  • out of that team of 5 2 were POC and hey. its not perfect but. its definitely. good™
  • Chief was portrayed so well?? no Native American stereotypes that I could catch (then again, I’m not familiar with any and wasn’t actively looking out for them, please correct me if I’m wrong) but he actually USED his knowledge and culture?? so good??? Also at least one sentence about how white men ruined Native Americans to a horrific extent. I would’ve preferred a conversation, but def better than nothing
  • I love how they addressed the “how come she speaks english”, because it wasn’t just some offhand “I speak thousands of languages, no biggie”, but it was pretty damn vital to the plot
  • It got really in touch with humanity as a whole and I fucking loved it. I think it’s also hella fitting for the current political climate - the whole “yes, they’re the bad guys, but it’s also partially my fault” - I can’t really phrase it, it was just - nice.
  • Honestly? I REALLY liked how they used WWI instead of II. WWII is a little overdone in the superhero genre, and WWI was the biggest war the world had ever faced. It was the Great War up until the 1940s. It was an enormous humanitarian crisis (not that WWII wasn’t ofc) but its really not talked about in the movies. I think this is really the first time the world as a whole saw such international, dangerous war, and it was perfect for the reasoning and the timeline. if it had been WWII, the world would already be war-weary. This way, it’s fresh for man AND Diana.
  • thank GOODNESS dc has upped their game and didn’t make the part where she was in no-man’s zone the climax and just drag it on from there (because that’s what they did with suicide squad and it was absolutely terrible). They actually had a mini climax then a rest and a buildup before the biG climax which made my plot chart loving heart happy. 
  • steve is a pure man who tried his best not to objectify diana and told off others who did as well and its not like diana was taking aNY of that shit and the ways he complemented her weren’t creepy or gross they were nice and genuine
  • if i recall correctly, charlie really didn’t show off his sharpshooting skills that much. he had problems. he wasn’t the greatest at what he did. But then diana was like “then who would sing for us?” and i just. even if ur not great at something. even if youre plagued by nightmares and ghosts and haunting wars. you’re still wanted. you’re still valued. sorry it was SO nice
  • “A BABY!!”
  • NO!!!! SEXUALIZATION!!! OF!!! DIANA!!
  • wonder woman saved both all of dc and my soul for superhero movies
Double standards in the dating world towards black women...

Last weekend before father’s day, during my shopping I saw so many black men, younger and older with white women or non-black women all shapes. Several of them plus size, and the man was relatively in shape.

I mean they were cute, I’m not gonna hate, happy couples, some with families, cute lil kids and all of that. It’s not about their weight I ride hard for plus size women, or women any size. Especially plus size black women.

But it’s just crazy to me how white and non-black women can be any size, any shape, be from any background and still be seen as a suitable partner by any color  men, but especially black men. Meanwhile black women have to go above and beyond to even get a second glance.

We have to be freakin flawless or be two out of three. You know what two out of three means?

1. Brains

2. Beauty

3. Body

If we don’t got the body we have to be beautiful or smart. If we don’t have the smarts we have to be pretty or have a nice body, if we don’t have the beauty we have to have the body or be smart.

We have to be slim to slim thick, certain hair length and texture, certain skin color, be holier than thou, about 5 or 6 degrees with no background, and those are just the requirements black men give us.

It seems like blackness on black women is seen as a detriment, while whiteness on white women is seen as a positive characteristic that makes everything better.

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Happy Big Girl Appreciation Day! Here is some pictures of this plus sized cutie. I hardly ever sale full body pics so I added the ones I could find. I am indeed plus sized and I definitely embrace that.
I can say I love the skin that I am in!
Happy BGAD to all of the lovely plus sized women of Tumblr and plus sized people of the world 😊