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Tank Top Tuesday!!!


Today’s Tank Top Tuesday submission comes from Katie Koumatos!

I, like my mother and grandmother, have copious arm fat.  In the rad world of fatty activism, we call them “Hey Baby’s, because that’s the part that wiggles when you wave and yell hello to your friends.  I have learned to love my arms, appreciating their size and interesting shape.  But I have not always been this chill about my arm fat.  For many years I wore ill-fitting t-shirts in the summer, staring jealously at tank top clad girls who seemed so svelte and comfortable.  About five years ago I finally took the leap.  My first tank top was covered in glitters and sparkles, in hopes that folks might be dazzled by it and completely miss my giant naked arms.  I wore it out and surprisingly, no one threw rocks or even insulted me.  I felt beautiful and even more importantly, cool in the hot Sacramento sun.  Years later, more than half of my summer tops are tanks and I don’t even think about it.  It was one of those first steps on the road to body acceptance and I am so thankful I took that risk!

Wow! That is fantastic, Katie! From this day forward, I will also call them Hey Baby’s!!! Gotta love that! Can I borrow that last top? Too cute! Ha-ha! =0)

I am taking submissions from anyone who wants to exercise their right to Bare Arms! Email your pics here:, please include the name you’d like included in the post, a blog or etsy shop you wanna plug, your thoughts on bare arms or other fatty philosophies. It does not have to be in a tank top, so long as your arms are bare. Have fun with it!

Also, feel free to still treat comments as TMI topic/discussion area! Feel free to ask TMI questions or just vent/rant about your own stuff. I love it! We all do! =0)

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5 Comments to

“Tank Top Tuesday!!!”

  1. On July 26th, 2011 at 7:57 am Nikki Says:

    I love that last top too!

  2. On July 27th, 2011 at 1:10 am Christine Says:

    As a ‘thin’* girl, I’ve never seen a fat girl’s bare arms and thought; ‘hmm, no. Maybe you shouldn’t do that.’

    Maybe it’s more of an American thing to worry about, maybe i’m just blind to the whole thing.

    If bringing your arms out the closet is a spiritual hurdle, then great, celebrate it. But really, most people don’t give a damn either way. They’re just arms, I wouldn’t worry about them.

    *how I hate heaping individuals into boxes…

  3. On July 27th, 2011 at 8:09 am Not Blue at All Says:

    @Christine: I don’t know if it’s an American thing, but I do know that many fat people are told to cover the hell up or stay indoors. This is no exaggeration! It often comes from family, to be honest, or close friends or even strangers. We are shamed into hiding ourselves in uncomfortable and ugly clothing or shamed into not going out at all! But I agree with you that arms, regardless of their size, are just arms! This is exactly why I do the Tank Top Tuesday posts. It is a liberating experience for the submitters and hopefully begins to normalize seeing fat people’s bare arms, too. Thank you for reading and commenting. =0)

  4. On July 29th, 2011 at 9:21 pm Kath Says:

    It’s certainly not an American thing, I’m Australian and it’s a common thing to hear people say that “fat women should cover their arms” or fat women’s arms referred to as bingo wings or tuckshop lady arms or some other snarky name.

    Katie is rocking up there in those photos (and I want to steal that red and gold top from her!)

  5. On July 30th, 2011 at 8:58 am Not Blue at All Says:

    @Kath: I didn’t think it was just an American thing. And yeah, love that top, too!

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