Episode #21: Wurst Case Cynario

4:25 – Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Sadly, Jenny cannot offer a ringing endorsement of the book because it’s front loaded with a lot of body/weight talk that’s somewhere in the same zip code as the place known as Trigger Town, USA (at least for those of us who prefer not to hear their comediennes define obesity as “unhealthy overweight.”) Which isn’t to say the book isn’t worthwhile. Just that you might want to skip the first couple chapters.

14:30 – A detour to talk about the specific pressures faced by actresses who are not Hollywood-standard size 0. Christina Hendricks most recently, but also Buffy‘s Amber Benson back in the day.

18:30 – Sidetrack: the difference between being the 20s and 30s; how age affects the way you perceive yourself and how strangers interact with you. ~It gets personal~ Also, Jenny draws a parallel with the Dog Whisperer, LET HER FINISH. Plus: an hilarious Cynara blue hair anecdote.

40:20 – A nice show on Discovery called Oddities, about weird people bringing weird stuff to a weird shop in Manhattan. Books bound in human skin, anyone? How about a “horaffe”?

58:15 – Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube challenge where he got parents to convince their kids that the parents had eaten the kids’ candy. The kids do not react well. We explain why (it has to do with the economics of childhood), and also explain why lying to kids is NOT COOL, OK?

PLUS: Why hasn’t Amy Poehler written a book? What is the name of Tina Fey’s baby? Why does Cynara tell weird iguana stories?


YouTube Challenge – I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy [YouTube]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling [Random House]

Oddities [Discovery Channel]



Episode #5 – Bargain Store Panties


The ethics of fashion. There’s no way this topic, discussed by us, could contain itself to a segment or a portion of an episode of FOI. No, we need a full hour — at least — to even begin to cover this ground. What kind of responsibilities do the we (those who are privileged enough to have the means to decorate our bodies beyond the necessity of simply covering them) have in interacting with fashion? Points include:

-Why you can’t attack the less materially wealthy for choosing quantity and price over quality

-We fat people don’t get a complete pass, but there are some extenuating circumstances for us

-Some affordable yet sustainable options for all sizes

-Jenny’s good intentions for the near future

Fashion and politics, together… at last again as always!


Putting an End to Fast Fashion in Your Wardrobe [Jezebel]

Could a Fatty Spend $150K on Clothes if She Wanted To? [Shapely Prose]

The Uniform Project

Selena Eon [Etsy]

Jane Bon Bon [Etsy]

Cotton Ginny

The Song at the End: “Bargain Store Panties” by Little Miss Higgins. [iTunes]

Photo credit: vistavision

Fatties on Ice Podcast – Episode #1

Where we discuss:

-Jimmy Fallon’s foray into internet broadcasting

-The howling wasteland of misogyny that is the aggregate of film reviews of Sex and the City 2

-Lost has ended, and maybe so has modern audiences’ need for cohesive plot in storytelling

-The new Kotex commercials and why we’re not really buying it

-Curious athletic clothing brands found in Vancouver, B.C.

-A bizarre romantic move Cynara saw in a Harlequin TV movie once

Take a listen, and we’ll talk at you again next week!


“Why Sex and the City 2 is a Science Fiction Movie” [io9.com]

Roger Ebert’s review [rogerebert.suntimes.com]

Lindy West’s review [thestranger.com]

Wajahat Ali’s review [salon.com]

How to Insert a Tampon [youtube.com]