I'm in a monogamous relationship with my chunky frames.
I like being bespectacled. My frames are a part of my identity: a love song to my unrepentant nerdiness, a signifier of my liberal politics and my commitment to fa'shione.
I also have a big fat head, which makes the process of finding any glasses - let alone glasses I lurve - a bit of a trial. (I can't even start to tell you the hat woes I experience on a near constant basis, ghurl!) I feel like eyewear fatphobia is the secret step-sister of fashion fatphobia generally. I feel like everywhere I go people relate to my big head woes, but where is the movement to end the spectacle injustice?
As much as my current frames and I have been through, I'm on the prowl for a new pair. Its not so much a wandering eye as it is necessity that has driven me to diversify. I can tell the prescription has changed and I'm not sure how many more little speckles of plastic encoating they can stand to lose before things get really heinous.
I was excited to hear that the Vintage Fashion Expo was heading into town! I'll be looking for my soul frames this Sunday with two of my fav fashionistas. Wish me luck and check it out if you get a chance! Also, good news: if you're in LA the Expo is heading to you too.
Virgie Tovar, MA is one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp (a 4 week online course focused on helping people break up with diet culture) and the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She writes about the intersections of size, identity, sexuality and politics. See more updates on Facebook.