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hey everybody....
it's amanda palmer (from the dresden dolls).
i played a solo show in atlanta last week and a fellow unshaven beauty came up to me when i was signing stuff after the the show.
she flashed her armpits at me (which were lovely) and we started rapping about shaving and hair...and she told me that there was a livejournal community called fuck shaving.
i said YAY and looked it up later that night.... and through that i found a bunch of these other awesome communities (i am cross-posting
this is to ditch_the_blade, kissmyass_cosmo, kissmyassvogue, beauty_debate & freedomisbeauty - if any of you know of any other
communities or blogs and want to cross-post, feel free and let me know by dropping me an email at letters [at] amandapalmer [dot] net so i can follow the discussions).

i want to share something wonderful that happened a few days ago when i announced my new video and told the story about how my record label had wanted me to cut the shots that showed my bare belly (because they thought it looked FAT - which was just bullshit).
i told them to go fuck themselves and a brief struggle ensued and they backed down, but my horror with the company that i am now
contractually tied to is undeniable.
i'm stuck for a while.

the very worst moment was sitting across a huge desk from one of the record execs and listening to him explain that he knows what's best
for my videos and my images because "amanda, really, trust me. i'm a GUY. i KNOW what people LIKE." i wanted to throw up, get up, leave that room, and never go back.
they are all that's wrong with this culture.

anyway, after i posted this story on my blog, a bunch of friends started to post solidarity photos of THEIR bellies up on a discussion
thread and i swear to god i've never felt more concentrated joy on the internet. there are now over 200 pictures collected by one of the people who started the thread....
big bellies! little bellies! pregnant bellies! post-partem bellies!!!
hariy man bellies!!!!!!!! it's just so beautiful:

http://www.theshadowbox.net/forum/index.php?topic=6054

go check it out and add your own two belly cents if you want to.
and happy thanksgiving, may you eat and drink stuff your belly to the max with no guilt.

i'm also on tour for the next two or three weeks in the states if you want to come visit the party...starting in pittsburgh this saturday then hitting toronto, detroit, chicago, minny, colorado, SLC, vancouver, seattle, portland, sacramento, san fran and LA.
come out and represent. info is all on my site at amandapalmer.net.
the shows have been amazing. the new record, which my label now doesn't want to promote,
is also awesome, produced by and featuring ben folds, and i shamelessly want you to check it out, however you can, and share it
with anyone you think will like it.
i need the help. it's called WHO KILLED AMANDA PALMER and you can find it in a million ways.

i'm so happy to see so many communities out here dedicated to honesty and realness in our self-images.
it's no necessary in a world that i feel is sliding backwards on the feminist front.

big love,
amanda

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ammaeli__
Nov. 29th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hey Ms Amanda. I believe at the Atlanta show i also told you about the Fuck_shaving community, but unfortunately i still shave my pits mainly because when it grows out it gets itchy (lame excuse forrealsss).

Anyhoo, due to the fantastic turn out of awesome Belly pictures on the Shadowbox we have concocted a plan to recreate the Leeds United video with nothing but Belly pictures (with the lyrics written on the bellies!)

At the moment, we are trying to figure out if it would be removed or not due to "Copyright issues" since it's the direct song off the album...

We hope to have it finished and on youtube before the New Year :)
girl_narcissus
Nov. 30th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea. :)
smokyscott
Nov. 30th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
your record company is fucked up, i can understand why you feel differently about them now.

but, i'm thrilled that you're standing up for yourself and who you are. keep at it, amanda. you totally rock!
normanee
Dec. 1st, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm a straight girl and I love your belly. :D Seeing you in Coin Operated Boy made me smile b/c you aren't just another one of those stick thin beauty queens. And your eyebrows rock so hard! *lots of love*
casket4mytears
Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
As a bi girl I very much disagree with that asshole's assessment.

And I am so tired of the hatred of non size zero bodies. So very tired of it. The Rebellyon will overcome belly hatred!
mikepictor
Dec. 4th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
"Rebellyon"

so much win. I will have to remember that.
prolix_yourword
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yay, Amanda on LJ!

Just another place for me to comment XD.

I will be contributing my Leeds United belly today, and the reBELLYon has been absolutely fabulous in every way. My faith in humanity is restored. Take that, dumb ass misogynist record execs. >[

Cross post everywhere you can :]
twinklebat
Dec. 2nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit of a livejournal addict, so I'm really glad you started an account!

A little while back I added your normal blog as an LJ Feed:
http://syndicated.livejournal.com/afpalmer/
softanimal
Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
ohh you're on lj! hi. :)

and what an asshole record exec. you are fucking beautiful, just as you are.
tiggrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Over at the CA NOW blog we're encouraging people to join the Rebellyon! I'll be at the Seattle show, and I can't wait to see you and your beautiful belly!
mlfoley
Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm a guy, I know what guys like, too - and there's absolutely nothing wrong with you, so fuck that idiot.
aftereveryparty
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
It's nice to see you on livejournal. Word is the belly count has now surpassed 300! Viva la reBELLYon!
etfb
Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Take it from a heterosexual male who's not trying to sublimate a fascination for pre-pubescent girls (or even boys): your record company chum is not merely wrong, he's genuinely broken. And on the subject of that tummy, if I may objectify you in the most chauvinistic and degrading way just for a second, permit me to say: cor!

Viva la rebellyon!
etfb
Dec. 3rd, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
(My Beloved reminds me that this reply misses the point, ie that nobody has the right to say "your body is unacceptable, cover it up" whether that body is large, small or covered in green hairy buboes. I'm at a loss to figure out how to explain that concept to a record executive, however, for whom any concept along the lines of "treat someone other than yourself with respect" is simply going to fall on deaf ears. Maybe you need to start with simple concepts and work up to that one over several centuries...)
crazykidben
Dec. 3rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Amanda Fucking Palmer on livejournal? What a pleasant surprise.

I joined the ranks of the rebellyon tonight after eating an entire pizza. Oh yes. It was delicious.
atyourcervix
Dec. 4th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
"amanda, really, trust me. i'm a GUY. i KNOW what people LIKE."

that's so absurd, I wouldn't know what to do other than laugh. you're a good woman, AFP.
bellasmommy
Dec. 5th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, you're found a feminist haven on livejournal. I'm actually shocked to meet anti-feminists on here. Hell, LJ helped me to free my inner feminist!
rien_rosenrot
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Amanda, if you're against shaving, does that mean you think less of girls who choose to shave?
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