Thanks to Fat ‘n Forty for bringing this to my attention! I watched the trailer and it looks like a compelling take on body image — except for one big, fat glaring oversight: there are no women of color featured in any of the interviews. That’s quite a shame and I hope the final documentary is more diverse and inclusive.
“Moon of my Stars”… “Mother of Dragons”… Call this smoldering dinosaur kale burger what you will, just don’t call it weak. Smokey morsels of crisped shiitake “bacon,” crown a regal beet gratin, smothered in Red Dragon cheese on top of a crunchy, berberre-rubbed kale patty, heirloom tomato, and slathering of sumac aioli. Dracarys! (Translation: “Fuck raw horse heart!”)
serious h/t to J. Kenji Lopez for the mushroom bacon
As someone who is acutely aware of healing body image issues, I salute this post.
I’ve never told anyone these things. My parents, my sister, my friends – no one. So heads up. You’re the first to know.
For the last few years, I have grown, slowly but steadily, to despise the way my body looks.
When I was a kid, I was always told how skinny I was. I didn’t break fifty pounds until I was eight years old. In high school I was always the smallest – height and weight – of my friends. I grew up knowing, somehow, intuitively, that ‘being skinny’ was something good, that it was something I should maintain. In high school, that belief was confirmed and reinforced by magazines, friends who were constantly ‘dieting’, and my school’s insistence on athletic rigor and social ostracism of students who didn’t fit the body ideal. But I was always warned that, as a woman, ‘my time would come’, I would have kids…
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Have a look at Epic Arts Cambodia’s beautiful performance of ‘Happy’ . . . and check out their efforts to “promote the inclusion of people of all abilities and disabilities through the arts as a form of expression, transformation and empowerment.”
“Sometimes we are so afraid of change and you want to hold on to something [but] it’s time to let it go . . . And you are thinking ‘I don’t know if I can bear the consequence if this thing is lost.’ Yes you can bear it.”
“If Life takes it . . . Let go of it. It is fine. Because you don’t know what is going to come.”
“The fear is always greater than the actuality.”
Mooji’s words, here, on confronting fear, loss and stressful decisions are powerful and timely reminders for me..
Mooji is giving me life ..