I'm a fat recreational ballet dancer with a pacemaker.
Body positive. Strong believer in Health At Every Size.
This place is a repository for my mind. At the moment that seems to mostly be ballet, heart stuff, pretty things and random geekery.

*Not an actual disney princess, accidental or otherwise. That would be tragic. I would be the worst disney princess ever. Completely positive.

 

you-complete-my-fate:

thecutestofthecute:

chronicarus:

Spiders with water droplet hats are something I really needed to know about.

I have a bad phobia of spiders but this is freaking adorable alright

and people wonder how i can love spiders

whispersincursive:

johanirae:

I reckon if more people understood this there would be a lot less victim blaming when it comes to rape.

whispersincursive:

johanirae:

I reckon if more people understood this there would be a lot less victim blaming when it comes to rape.

thefaultinourspoons:

drejofvalenwood:

thefaultinourspoons:

This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair. 

And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.

The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.

The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.

The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.

The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)

The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.

The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!

The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.

The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.

The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.

The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.

If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.

You make good points, but you can’t say the world is actively against the disabled. There are a good many buildings who need to accommodate for them, and some haven’t for a myriad of reasons. Some places’ll do the bare minimum to keep the law from breathing down their necks, but that’s all.

However, this doesn’t mean that the ‘world is staked against’ the disabled. Some places have really nice accomodations, and other places go above and beyond. Let’s try not to generalize.

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world. WHO

83% of women with disabilities will be sexually abused in their lifetime bpvav

Children with disabilities are five times more likely to be abused bpvav

The amount of people with disabilities that drop out of Uni have doubled in a year the guardian

Goodwill pay their disabled employs less than a $1 per hour aljazeera

Families with a person with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty gov   twice as likely according to scope

Disabled people are less likely to be employed gov

Disabled people are three times less likely to have any qualifications, and are half as likely to have a degree gov

Over 25% of disabled people have said they don’t frequently have control of their own lives gov

Disabled people are more likely to experience discrimination at work than those who aren’t disabled gov

About a third of people with disabilities experience difficulties accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services gov

About a fifth of disabled people have difficulties accessing public transport gov

Disabled people are more likely to be a victim of crime than non disabled people gov

1 in 3 households with a disabled person do not live in decent accommodation (this could be linked with the poverty statistic) gov

1 in 5 people with disabilities who need adaptations in their home believe their accommodation isn’t suitable

Disabled men make 11% less than non disabled men per hour, and women 22%

  • 38 per cent of people believe disabled people are a burden on society
  • 28 per cent of people believe there is Ill feeling around the perceived extra support given to disabled people (28 per cent
  • More than a quarter (27 per cent) of people think disabled people are treated differently because there is a lack of knowledge around disability
  • Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them
  • More than half (52 per cent) of people  assume disabilities are physical
  • Only 7 per cent  of people would consider mental disability when told that a person is disabled
  • Only 26 per cent of people class facial disfigurement as a disability
  • More than a third (34 per cnt) don’t consider hearing loss to be a disability.
  • One hundred and eighty disability hate crimes are committed every day in this country.
  • Fear and loss of confidence are the most common consequences of disability harassment.
  • Prosecutions and convictions for disability hate crime fell in 2011/12 after rising three years in a row – only partly due to fewer referrals from the police

efds

TLDR: disabled people do not have life handed to them on a plate, there are so many things that people could do to make our lives easier, but they don’t. things like the pictures above were a visual example, and the sad thing is, I found all these pictures on sites that stated they were hilarious. 

The world is staked against disabled people, and so are the people, and yes not everyone is, but stop implying that disabled people have it easy, but some of the world is actively against disabled people, and some of it isn’t, but when it comes down to it, disabled people have a hard time, and a lot have to fight for basic rights.

And I’m going to presume that you aren’t disabled, and I’m sorry for making an assumption, because I know better than anyone that invisible disabilities are all too common, so please don’t try to tell us what it’s like to live with a disability if you have no idea what it’s like yourself

pandaspwnz:

farfrompaid:

You not finding me attractive is not going to stop me from being attractive.

I SWEAR TO GOD IF YOU KEEP THIS MINDSET YOU WILL GET SOOO MUCH CONFIDENCE

fatandmoody:

iridessence:

sometimes i really like being the fat person that proves them wrong but like other times i don’t because there should be nothing to fucking prove because fat people don’t owe the world shit

Ugh, i agree with this so much

I think this on an almost daily basis.

If a skinny person danced like I did or was as flexible as I am, it wouldn’t even be noteworthy. But the idea of a fat person doing ballet, being flexible or even dancing in the first place is such a foreign concept that it becomes a sort of novelty when I do it. I see the stares I get from new people who come into the ballet classes I take, and see the frost melt once class is over and I’ve “proven” myself to not only be able to keep up with everyone else, but to be the one that everyone follows. I see the uncertain expressions on people’s faces when I go to a new studio before class, but see the friendliness come out as they ask “how long have you been dancing?” or “where did you train?” once I’ve finished class.

Part of me feels a perverse joy at proving them wrong, but part of me is so sad that I have to prove them wrong in the first place. My fat has never stood in the way of me doing anything I wanted to do. Why do so many people think it has to? Living out loud while fat is an act of courage in our society. I intend to do just that, without shame, until it no longer is. 

themilitantbaker:

I’m often asked if by promoting body love, I’m glorifying obesity.To that I say: If you’re really concerned about health, you’ll ignore the largely irrelevant factor of weight and focus on more significant issues like: making sure families can afford nutritious food and have access to education that allows them to provide. You’ll also focus on providing un-biased healthcare and you’ll help de-stigmatize mental illness so people aren’t afraid to ask for help and can lead mentally healthy lives which then allows physically healthy lives.But regardless of health: I believe in glorifying all bodies. All of them. Because every single person in the entire world deserves to feel good about and love themselves. It’s that simple. Fat and thin; healthy and unhealthy. Everyone deserves happiness and when people start to embrace themselves just as they are, the world as we know it will transform into a happy, balanced, healthier (physically and mentally), and more beautiful place.So y’know what I glorify?
I glorify HAPPINESS.
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Join in on the #GlorifyHappiness campaign by posting a happy full-body picture with the hashtag #GlorifyHappiness to show that self-love is for all bodies and all people.For more info, you can visit The Militant Baker <3

themilitantbaker:

I’m often asked if by promoting body love, I’m glorifying obesity.

To that I say: If you’re really concerned about health, you’ll ignore the largely irrelevant factor of weight and focus on more significant issues like: making sure families can afford nutritious food and have access to education that allows them to provide. You’ll also focus on providing un-biased healthcare and you’ll help de-stigmatize mental illness so people aren’t afraid to ask for help and can lead mentally healthy lives which then allows physically healthy lives.

But regardless of health: I believe in glorifying all bodies. All of them. Because every single person in the entire world deserves to feel good about and love themselves. It’s that simple. Fat and thin; healthy and unhealthy. Everyone deserves happiness and when people start to embrace themselves just as they are, the world as we know it will transform into a happy, balanced, healthier (physically and mentally), and more beautiful place.

So y’know what I glorify?

I glorify HAPPINESS.

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Join in on the #GlorifyHappiness campaign by posting a happy full-body picture with the hashtag #GlorifyHappiness to show that self-love is for all bodies and all people.

For more info, you can visit The Militant Baker <3

life-with-birds:

Ask about birds HERE | Bird merchandises shop | Painting commission info | Pixel art commission info | Bird comic blog weekly update | Facebook page | Tumblr | Pinterest
Do you have a bird that choose you over the other birds you introduce to her/him even if they are from same species, same/opposite gender? I have a finch that loves hanging around me better than her new finches friends. ^_^ Please leave a comment on my blog too if you like my comics. Thanks! :D

YES. I have a male lovebird that always tries to&#8230; &#8220;approach&#8221; my female parrotlet to get it on with her. Only he doesn&#8217;t always do it right. Sometimes he mounts her backwards, sometimes he pushes her right over the edge of the counter while trying to edge up to her. She then flies off, comes to me and tries to hump my face. 
My birds are very confused. 

life-with-birds:

Ask about birds HERE | Bird merchandises shop | Painting commission info | Pixel art commission info | Bird comic blog weekly update | Facebook page | Tumblr | Pinterest

Do you have a bird that choose you over the other birds you introduce to her/him even if they are from same species, same/opposite gender? I have a finch that loves hanging around me better than her new finches friends. ^_^ Please leave a comment on my blog too if you like my comics. Thanks! :D

YES. I have a male lovebird that always tries to… “approach” my female parrotlet to get it on with her. Only he doesn’t always do it right. Sometimes he mounts her backwards, sometimes he pushes her right over the edge of the counter while trying to edge up to her. She then flies off, comes to me and tries to hump my face. 

My birds are very confused. 

Fat girl can’t do what? 

It was way too hot to be wearing that stuff while stretching outside. Definitely a hot mess by the end there. But whatever. Sweat it off. 

gothamsnexttoprobin:

shegoestothemovies:

WARNING - PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE A PEANUT ALLERGY AND LIKE TO SHMEAR MAKEUP ON YOUR SKIN TO MAKE YOU LOOK AS FLAWLESS AS YOUR PERSONALITY
I am one such an individual, and last night I was super pumped to try this concealer. Out of curiosity I read the ingredients and saw something called arachidyl behenate.
Anything with the root “arachi” such as “arachis oil” is probably peanut related. And, sure enough, I did some research and arachidyl behenate is peanut-derived. Which is the story of how I nearly smushed a deadly food allergen into my skin.
There’s a report here from last year that seems to indicate that some food allergens are neutralized when processed for cosmetics, but I’m not sure that applies for peanuts. And at any rate, they did indicate there was still a risk of a reaction if such proteins weren’t processed properly.
Now, I’m gonna say it outright - I’m not one hundred percent sure that a heavily processed peanut-derived chemical such as arachidyl behenate will cause a reaction. I’ve worn a lot of makeup over the years without checking the ingredients, so I could have easily used a product containing it without knowing. Still, better safe than sorry.
Alternate names for peanut products (anything with the prefix “arachi-” should be considered suspect):
beer nuts, earth nuts, goobers, groundnuts, groundnut oil, hypogaeic acid, katchung oil, mandelonas
A full list can be found here, another cosmetic-specific one here.
Here’s some articles on the subject:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11558642
http://www.national-toxic-encephalopathy-foundation.org/peanuts-in-cosmetics/
http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/hydrogenated-peanut-oil
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700482/ARACHIS_HYPOGAEA_(PEANUT)_OIL/
Stay safe, guys, and please signal boost for any peanut-allergic followers you might have!

YES THIS IS ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT

gothamsnexttoprobin:

shegoestothemovies:

WARNING - PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE A PEANUT ALLERGY AND LIKE TO SHMEAR MAKEUP ON YOUR SKIN TO MAKE YOU LOOK AS FLAWLESS AS YOUR PERSONALITY

I am one such an individual, and last night I was super pumped to try this concealer. Out of curiosity I read the ingredients and saw something called arachidyl behenate.

Anything with the root “arachi” such as “arachis oil” is probably peanut related. And, sure enough, I did some research and arachidyl behenate is peanut-derived. Which is the story of how I nearly smushed a deadly food allergen into my skin.

There’s a report here from last year that seems to indicate that some food allergens are neutralized when processed for cosmetics, but I’m not sure that applies for peanuts. And at any rate, they did indicate there was still a risk of a reaction if such proteins weren’t processed properly.

Now, I’m gonna say it outright - I’m not one hundred percent sure that a heavily processed peanut-derived chemical such as arachidyl behenate will cause a reaction. I’ve worn a lot of makeup over the years without checking the ingredients, so I could have easily used a product containing it without knowing. Still, better safe than sorry.

Alternate names for peanut products (anything with the prefix “arachi-” should be considered suspect):

beer nuts, earth nuts, goobers, groundnuts, groundnut oil, hypogaeic acid, katchung oil, mandelonas

A full list can be found here, another cosmetic-specific one here.

Here’s some articles on the subject:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11558642

http://www.national-toxic-encephalopathy-foundation.org/peanuts-in-cosmetics/

http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient/hydrogenated-peanut-oil

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700482/ARACHIS_HYPOGAEA_(PEANUT)_OIL/

Stay safe, guys, and please signal boost for any peanut-allergic followers you might have!

YES THIS IS ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT

sixpenceee:

The Urididae is a type of moth and it’s cocoon is a bright orange color, that sometimes looks golden. The cocoon is usually suspended on a long thread below a leaf. 
The net structure of the cocoon allows for more airflow over the pupa. This prevent fungus and mold from being able to grow on it.
SOURCE

sixpenceee:

The Urididae is a type of moth and it’s cocoon is a bright orange color, that sometimes looks golden. The cocoon is usually suspended on a long thread below a leaf. 

The net structure of the cocoon allows for more airflow over the pupa. This prevent fungus and mold from being able to grow on it.

SOURCE

saxophonesquatsandsalsa:

hellacamber:

heycourtneymae:

widebooty:

alittlebitridiculous:

sizvideos:

Watch the inspirational video of this quadriplegic who plays and streams Diablo 3

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I’ve been watching this guy’s livestreams for a few days now. He’s super positive and really nice to all his viewers, answering everything he can. Also considering his abilities he is really good at Diablo III and WoW. Like the fact that I could have been playing WoW with people like him and getting my ass handed to me by them is part of the reason I appreciate video games as a form of therapy.

"I’m really feeling good about myself!"

This makes me SO happy. Amazing!

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