The Opposite Of Wearable: PeaceBang Bangs On ASOS Curve

Honestly, now I’m just really mad. Here is more evidence that whoever is “designing” for plus sized women actually hates us. This isn’t a joke. These garments are absolutely humiliating. They are designed to make women look idiotic or drunk.

Click on images to better see these insults masquerading as clothing:

Look at the hemline on this blinding monstrosity. “Ooops, is that a ruffle falling out of my lady parts?”
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Hey lady, a GIANT BIRD JUST FLEW INTO YOUR CROTCH:
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Madwoman In The Attic, or perhaps just Happy Color Godzilla:
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The “Are You Drunk Or Am I?” line to communicate that either you or your clothes can’t think straight, or to suggest that you gave yourself a front wedgie in the bathroom:
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One sloppy mess of a shirt wasn’t enough so we stitched two of them together!

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Suggests prison uniform, but for casual summer prisons for fat women?
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Asos Curve, we hold you responsible for these outrages. Stop hating plus size women. We have money to spend and dignity to uphold. This garbage is inexcusable.

The Current Retail Hideosity

Do you all literally have your heads above water, at least?

Oh my darlings.
I struggle to find beauty and dignity to show you in today’s fashions but I search in vain. I find atrocity after atrocity: cold shoulder tops, crotch skulls, sproingy shiny fabrics that will burst into flames should you get within ten feet of a lit candle, VEST DISASTERS, random straps and zippers, Grommets For No Reason, polyester gauchos (GAUCHOS!), and the continuing tragedy that is leggings.

Try to survive this season of hideousness by freshening up your best classics. Try to sit this horrible era of retail ugliness out. The clothing being offered for sale at our price point right now reflects the hostility and ugliness of the era. Be strong. Save for one or two good pieces that won’t compromise your aesthetic values.

PeaceBang regrets that she never learned to sew.

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Checking In, July 2017

A few things happened.
I celebrated twenty years in the parish ministry! I will be writing a lot about that this summer, sharing my wisdom and whatnot.

I went on two short trips. I married a cousin to her beloved. I saw Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” and Andy Karl in “Groundhog Day.” I shook Leontyne Price’s hand!!!!!!!

LEONTYNE PRICE!

I kept up with the news and cried a lot. My heart hurts all the time. My heart hurts so much I am going back into therapy with someone who has a clinical and theological orientation. I can’t be in therapy without talking about God, and I can’t do spiritual direction with someone who isn’t educated in the clinical manifestations of moral despair and pain.
So there’s that.

Our church has been hugely busy and I am very excited and grateful for all of it but somewhat creatively tapped out. After our big Pride weekend beach service and final decision on a new Music Director I can slow way down for a couple of weeks. I am taking August off, off, offety off!

I am gardening. Are you gardening? I am not a “gardener” but I like messing around with plants. I like cool tones so my front plot is all lavender and other blue, purple, hot pink, and … WHEN DID I PUT IN THOSE YELLOW DAISIES?
I love the surprise of perennials. “Holy cow, now where did that hibiscus come from?”
I put a lot of little magical things in my front garden because kids walk by a lot and it’s fun for them. I have front porch envy. Eventually I’ll have to put on a little tiny porch so I can sit out front and be officially nosy instead of covertly nosy.

Everything seems to be a bit snug so I guess I got fatter and I’ll have to get less fat this summer. No goals, just general awareness.

I will not be at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly because I cannot even. I am selfishly saving my passion and energy for my own local congregation. I have no desire to spend a week in New Orleans agitating. What I did do was write three companion blog pieces about our current maelstrom, although I did not mention all the senior staff resignations and subsequent dumbass decisions about sending those who resigned out with golden parachutes. How dare the UUA come to us for more money when they spend it in such an unaccountable fashion?

Here are my pieces:
http://www.peacebang.com/2017/06/17/being-willing-to-be-made-a-people/ On how UUs are really not a covenantal people even though we love to throw the word around.

http://www.peacebang.com/2017/06/19/inherent-worth-and-dignity-the-starting-point/ On how UUs misinterpret our first principle in egotistical and individualistic ways.

http://www.peacebang.com/2017/06/19/7405/ On selective intellectualism and the resistance to the perfectly easy to understand term, “white supremacy.”

The best thing about not going to General Assembly is not having to pack for late June in New Orleans. Good luck, y’all!

Preacher Woman

That feeling when you’re at a meeting and your bra wire stabs you in the side of your boob?

I’m just looking for an “amen” here.

Let’s Talk About Books

I know this isn’t our usual subject, darlings, but this is a personal favor. I realize that I don’t use most of the books in my lovely personal library. I’ve read most of them, I treasure many of them, but I feel that I need a serious overhaul in my worship resources section, which includes poetry, anthologies, essays and theology.

What I especially seek are collections such as Spiritual Literacy: Reading The Sacred In Everyday Life by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. You know, those “little gem” books.

My tradition is not Christian, so please keep that in mind. We draw wisdom from many world traditions and although we’re not allergic to Jesus Christ, we are more broadly Theist, pantheistic and Humanist.

I am also hoping to find recommendations for really hot theology — heavyweight suggestions.

I read a huge amount of sociological type stuff online and in the newspapers and magazine subscriptions, so unless something is super fab, that’s not the subject matter I’m looking for.

Thanks for inspiring me.