With this weekend coming to a close, your clocks have officially fallen back and if you were like many club hoppers, that extra hour of fun was followed by extra hours of slumber. Nonetheless, I hope your week was just as fulfilling as mine.
As many of you may or may not be aware of , when I’m not working on DVD, I’m working a 9 to 5 so I am ALWAYS anticipating the weekend. This weekend (yesterday to exact) I had the chance to experience “For Colored Girls” directed by Tyler Perry. It was amazing!! Some of the complaints that I’ve heard makes reference to it’s dark tone, but that’s not how I felt. I feel as if Tyler Perry had to make certain things in the movie dark so people would walk away with the messages that he wanted to convey.
Speaking of movies, I am in complete awe of the inspiring “I Am Beautiful” video released by plus size clothing retailer and designer, Igigi. In this video Rosie Mercado appeals to the millions of plus size women who doubt themselves on a daily basis. These are the same women that society tries to make feel ashamed of their size only to be unsuccessful.
Look at Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly (yes I am still talking about that). Her words of hate hurt so much that we had no choice but to take a stand. Although we are tired of people thinking less of us based on their unjust misconceptions; the plus size community has no problem standing up for what we believe in and putting people in their place when necessary.
The way we’ve protested Marie Claire is comparable to the way women have exercised their freedom of speech throughout the world for hundreds of years. With November 2nd (election day) now behind us, earlier this week we covered a few of the many reasons that women need to get out and vote. This list recalled some of the struggles that women have faced as well as referencing the movements ignited by women that the plus size community could learn from.
Regardless of what’s going in the world, It’s important to maintain a sense of pride in yourself and let your voices be heard the way Igigi has in their empowering video. It’s evident from watching the above mentioned movie and reading posts such as the one written by Maura Kelly, that people are going to test you. They are going to push the envelope with you every time. Their human instinct is to put themselves first and the only way you can combat their selfish behavior is to possess a “healthy” dose of equally selfish behavior and put yourself on that pedestal that you deserve to be on.
Whether you choose to use your voice for good or remain silent, do so knowing that whatever the outcome, you are equally responsible for any outcomes that affect you.