So I’m a big girl. I’m not ashamed to throw it out there that depending on brands, I’m anywhere between size 22-26. I’m not unaware that I could stand to lose weight. But what other people might not be aware of is this: I’ve been struggling with weight and losing it my entire life, so haters to the left. Now to my point…
I live in Milwaukee, WI. Currently the temp is well below freezing. In the last month, I have been to well over 50 stores in search of a winter jacket. I bet you can guess where this is going… I CANNOT FIND ONE TO FIT MY SIZE. AT ALL. Oh, let me actually retract that. I’ve found approximately 4 jackets in my size but at an UNGODLY expensive price. Today alone I went to 8 stores from sporting good stores to farm stores to department stores to the obvious: coat factory. I think total I tried on almost 100 jackets today (both female and male) and still, nothing. If it fit in the bust, the sleeves were too long. If the sleeves fit, it was tight across my shoulders. And if it fit even somewhat ok, it was ass ugly and over-priced (In one case, it was $60.00 more than it’s size L counterpart.)
As a fat girl, who lives in the state of almost-perpetual winter, and in an urban area, you’d think that JUST MAYBE there would be some sort of option for me. I feel defeated. I mean, seriously! Are fat girls not allowed to be warm? Are fat girls not allowed to look halfway cute? And are fat girls not allowed to not go broke in this process?
Men’s departments proudly advertise BIG AND TALL, because you know, it’s MANLY to be big and tall. But women’s plus departments are often hidden in the far back corners of the stores, some times even on separate floors! Men’s B&T departments have rows and rows of clothes, while plus-size women’s maybe have 2 or 3 racks. Even “specialty” plus size women’s stores have limited selections beyond size 22/24. (Also, why are men “Big and Tall” and not “FAT GUYS” the way “PLUS WOMEN” is?!)
I am tired of being a second-class consumer. I am tired of feeling shamed and judged.
But mostly, I’m feeling cold. And all I want is a nice, warm, winter jacket…
Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.
The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.
It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.
With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby’s first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.
Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it’s worth much more.
The tradition dates back to 1938. To begin with, the scheme was only available to families on low incomes, but that changed in 1949.
Socialism at work.
I would rather my tax money pay for this than drone missiles.
Giraffes in a tunnel? We always reblogged giraffes in a tunnel
Omy I’m so happy now
HE CLEANS HIS FUCKING TEETH
i cannot stop watching
Those giraffes could be robbing a bank and this guy mugs for the camera for distraction