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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-07-29 04:55
Subject: [links] Link salad for a hump day
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Tags:art, culture, health, language, links, personal, politics, publishing, science, weird, writing
An Author Without Borders The New York Times on William T. Vollmann, an author who really lives his work. Wow. (Thanks to tetar.)

And yet no man like he, doth greeue my heartLanguage Log with some deep linguistic neepery about Shakespeare.

Love in 2-D — Japanese culture. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Vintage ad for Chubbettes -- clothing for your "chubby lass" — Weird classic Americana. But the weirdest thing about this (of many weird things) is that the girl in the photo does not look "chubby" to me.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann — Including the "Periodic Table of Metaphors".

Managers vs Makers — The art and science of meetings.

The Milky Way over Devil's Tower — Another awesome image from APOD.

How to land safely back on the moon

A War of Frontier and EmpireThe Edge of the American West on the geopolitics of US imperialism in the Philippines.

pecunium with more on healthcare — (Another hat tip to lt260.)

?otD: Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?

Body movement: n/a (up late, overslept)
This morning's weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold

Originally published at jlake.com.

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scarlettina: wtf?
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-07-29 14:35 (UTC)
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Ah, but you have not grown up as a woman in These United States. "Chubby" is a matter of social conditioning as much as it is of perception and actual physical fitness. They say that standards of beauty change, and yet I have found that when it comes to women and weight, that's not really true. Figure that this ad was run, what, somewhere during the 1950s? Consider these dress patterns from about the same era.

These packages may say size 16, but years ago, sizes were based on what was considered an ideal weight for age, so this was what one was expected to look like at 16.

And I have to take a moment to wonder: Who on Earth thought it was okay to market dresses for larger girls as "chubbettes"? It's a put-down even as it's an attempt to sell. Even some riff on "pleasingly plump" would have been better. Oh wait, advertising was run by men at the time. Silly me.
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User: renatus
Date: 2009-07-29 15:48 (UTC)
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Heh. I looked like that 'chubbette' at age 10, and you'd better believe I was considered fat. 20 years later, I realize I wasn't--I was already on the long slide into puberty and bulking up for the inevitable growth spurts--but by societal standards, I was unacceptably chunky and could scarcely find clothes big enough to fit.
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2009-07-29 18:18 (UTC)
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Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?


At least, according to a very ancient joke between me and kurayami_hime, whom you met at that dinner in SF last year.
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