Log in

bear by san

March 2017



Powered by LiveJournal.com

the heartbreak of armpit fat.

I have just discovered the official silliest piece of fatphobia I have ever encountered in my born days.

Apparently, we are all now supposed to be terrified of exposing our unsightly armpit fat.

Based on my admittedly cursory internet research, and exemplified by the image above, I would worry about the health consequences for any woman concerned with armpit fat, because it would suggest that she is not doing her breast self-exam properly. What we see above, in the damning orange circles, is in fact part of the boob. And the problem is that Madam is not wearing a properly-fitting bra, as the one illustrated above is at least two cup sizes too small and one band size too large. The little metal bits (we call them 'underwires') are meant to lie flat against the ribcage, not sit halfway up Mount Doom like the track of a sidehill hoofer.

Why yes, I am supposed to be writing a novel. Why do you ask?

But the patriarchy is in my armpits. Some things just can't wait.


*blink* *blink*

... *blink*

People are *supposed* to have fat there. It is where the lymph nodes are located, in the auxiliary fat pad: http://pie.med.utoronto.ca/ALND/ALND_content/axillaryAnatomy.html If you didn't have fat there, you would have bigger problems than presumably-not-appealing-to-the-heterosexual-male-gaze, like chronic swelling of the hands and arms. Which I'd presume is also not attractive?

The patriarchy needs to spend less time believing "women" are those computer-generated models in their video games and more time in an AP Bio class.

Re: *blink* *blink*

Huh. That's interesting for all kinds of reasons. And one of them is, I think it would be cool to make more noise about what fat cells do, what they're there for, how they benefit the human body. Too much fat is a health risk, sure, but it would be such a relief if people stopped seeing any fat as if it were a giant hairy spider.*

*with apologies to the Arachnid Anti-defamation League

Edited at 2013-01-03 02:54 pm (UTC)

Re: *blink* *blink*

Yes. We need fat. Fat keeps us alive. And warm!
Yes! I love that the nutrition tracker I use doesn't just break down fat/protein/carb intake, but has a minimum and maximum for each of those. And its little report at the end of the day congratulates me for falling within the right range for fat intake, while reminding me of the useful things fat does for my body.
Which nutrition tracker is that? That sounds useful.

Edited at 2013-01-04 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sparkpeople. The website is way too busy, but I ignore most everything but the nutrition tracker, which is pretty good. It's not so good for tracking vitamin/mineral intake, because a lot of people enter food info without noting that part, but if you just want to track basic calorie/fat/carb/protein intake, it's great.
Thank you!

Re: *blink* *blink*

...that is really good to know! Thank you!