(1) President Abraham Lincoln, who had depression
(2) Writer Virginia Woolf, who had bipolar disorder
(3) Artist Vincent Van Gogh, who had bipolar disorder
(4) Writer Sylvia Plath, who had depression
(5) Mathematician John Nash (from A Brilliant Mind), who had schizophrenia
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good morning, autumn
back in PA
Allie Brosh of the blog Hyperbole and a Half speaks to Fresh Air tomorrow to talk about dogs, drawing, and depression.
Brosh explains the way she portrays herself in Paintbrush,
It’s me on the inside. That’s what I’m like when I view myself. I am this crude, absurd little thing, this squiggly little thing on the inside. So it’s more of a raw representation of what it feels like to be me.
images from Hyperbole and a Half
I CANNOT WAIT
When you search on Google for “bad coping day”, you get a lot of results for “how to cope with a bad day”. That’s not quite what I was looking for, but for now I’ll take it. These links offer such unique and unprecedented suggestions as not taking the bad day personally, accepting that it’s just a bad day, counting your blessings, imagining the beach, getting away from other people, calling off work, stopping being frustrated (!), knowing you can choose to be happy, and identifying a lesson from the bad day (?!).
Really? Where do these people live that things like this work?
So I’ve seen a whole bunch of posts about body positivity. And it would be great, but they’re really bad at actually representing different body types; big girls in particular. So I’ve drawn a comparison.
I’m tired of seeing posts that totally miss the point. Those posts are supposed to make you feel good about your body. But it’s hard for bigger girls to feel good about themselves if they’re represented by women that aren’t big. Fat is okay. But here’s some things that people almost always ignore when drawing bigger ladies:
- Stretch marks
And some misconceptions/ common mistakes:
- Larger breasts ( a LOT larger)
- Wider hips
- Same size waist as girls with less body fat
I’m going to put it bluntly: I’m sick of seeing fatter girls be misrepresented. I’m tired of seeing posts getting glory for drawing bigger girls when they don’t. I have yet to see a body positivity post that shows cellulite, stretch marks, folds, and spillage. These things are real, and they’re beautiful.
So try and remember these things next time you try and represent fat girls. Because if you’re not thinking about the “ugly” stuff, you’re doing it wrong.