Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Launching The Society Series

Over many conversations about our own experiences and frustrations with society and how we fit in it, Jenny from Color Hungry and I decided a few weeks ago to start addressing these issues on our blogs.  We’ve both studied sociology and are fascinated by how societies and their constituent members shape one another, so we wanted to create a platform where healthy living bloggers could share thoughts and ideas.  Admittedly, the development has been slow-going, but we’re ready to reveal it to the Blogosphere and invite you all to participate!

We present to you:
The Society Series
The Society Series consists of blog posts written about how society looks upon weight, diet, food, health, and fitness in regard to to gender, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or anything else “society-wise.” The posts can be rants and personal narratives about issues you (or people you know) have faced, or they can be treated as articles backed by serious research.

These won’t be guest posts on our blogs, but rather posts on your own pages.  When you write a post for The Society Series, let either Jenny (@Colorhungry on Twitter or xprssblues at yahoo dot com) or me (@LowFatKat or lowfatkatherine at gmail dot com) know, and we’ll add a link to your post on our pages.  If you’ve written a post in the past that fits the bill, we’d be more than happy to include links to them, too!

We’re each adding a tab to our own blogs where you’ll find a list of all the posts (possibly by topic? We’ll have to see how this all unfolds).  If you’d like to add the badge to your page, you’re more than welcome to, and we’d also appreciate a link back to both of us (http://colorhungry.wordpress.com/society-series/ and http://www.lowfatkatherine.com/p/society-series.html). Also, if you want to carry the conversations over to Twitter, use the hashtag #thesocietyseries so everyone can join in. (Update: We changed it from #societyseries because that one seemed to be in use already).

Jenny and I are each posting our own first entries in The Society Series soon after this introductory post, and we really hope hope you’ll join us in the conversation!

7 comments:

  1. Sounds really interesting-I'm sure I have many comments on how society treats obesity-witty comments,haha.

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  2. Share 'em!! Even if it's a list full of jokes or snarks, or an open letter to a member of society who wronged you once, post it!! I'm worried that Jenny's going to pull out some peer-reviewed literature for her post, and mine's just a rant. :D

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  3. What a great idea, I have a ton to say about this topic :D

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  4. this is BRILLANT. i recently starting writing a post about peer pressure and leadership in middleschool/high school students. I didnt know EXACTLY where this would fit in to THS but I think I can def finish it up and tie it to the society series. I'll work on it over the next few weeks and let you know :) xoxoxo

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  5. Obesity is like being an alcoholic in the eyes of society. They say you did it to yourself, and they're right. They say you're going to kill yourself in the long run, and they're right. They say everything under the sun except words of compassion. And for that, they missed the whole point of opening their mouth. I know a lot of people are struggling with their weight and as a vegan I could go on for hours about what the 'system' has put in place for the average consumer of processed food but the point is, you have options. And because of that, you have hope.

    That's all you need, and kill 'em with kindness if anyone says anything different.

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  6. Obesity is like being an alcoholic in the eyes of society. They say you did it to yourself, and they're right. They say you're going to kill yourself in the long run, and they're right. They say everything under the sun except words of compassion. And for that, they missed the whole point of opening their mouth. I know a lot of people are struggling with their weight and as a vegan I could go on for hours about what the 'system' has put in place for the average consumer of processed food but the point is, you have options. And because of that, you have hope.

    That's all you need, and kill 'em with kindness if anyone says anything different.

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  7. @Christie - I can't wait to hear what you've got to share with us!

    @Heather - Yay! I'm glad you've got something that will fit!

    @for_andalucia - Thanks, I think? Haha...do you have something you'd like to share for the Society Series, maybe about how some people look on you being vegan or how you now view others? Eating is such a hugely personal thing that so many people have to figure out for themselves, and you're right - not a lot of others are compassionate. I'm hoping that through this series, we can better understand each other and maybe help ourselves along the way.

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