Today’s Read: Melody Mercado’s Piece on Sweet Tooth Farm

Monika is everyone’s favorite person including mine. So, it’s shitty when the city decides to fuck with her livelihood. My favorite Register reporter, Melody Mercado, details that shittiness the city is putting Monika, Sweet Tooth Farm and Radiate DSM through all in the name of money. Because feeding hungry people isn’t important. As someone who faced a lot of resistance to feed hungry college students, I cannot stand when people get in the way of food security. One of the easiest ways to maintain systemic discrimination is to keep the marginalized hungry. In other words, fuck the systems. We cannot fight for our wholeness if we can’t even keep people fed. (Sadly, that’s the whole plan by these assholes, isn’t it?)

Additional relevant links:

Sweet Tooth Farm

Her IG

Radiate DSM

Rooted Farm Collective

Heart of Des Moines Farmer’s Market

Today’s Read: Uh, A Few . . .

I wandered off for the holiday weekend, so I’m behind on my daily reading. Here’s what I’ll be reading today!

Healthy Eating Habits for Impulsive, Dopamine-Starved ADHD Brains

Women’s Personal Finance (This is more of a getting-to-know-this-community read)

Obesity as a Disease: A White Paper on Evidence and Arguments Commissioned by the Council of The Obesity Society (You can take the woman out of academia, but . . . )

Which one grabs your interest? Personally, I read about these topics to understand my own brain, my money, and my body because a lot of people have a lot to say about each one, but I need to understand what I think first!

Today’s Read: Anti-Diet Culture is Pro-Social Justice

I deeply enjoy Dr. Alexis Conason’s work. So, of course, I had to share this piece.

With the conversation in my IG post today, I needed to highlight this excerpt from Conason’s piece:

Our preference for the term “diet culture” over “the patriarchy” mirrors what has happened in the “body positive” movement, which quickly left behind its roots of radical fat activism to morph into a movement centering privileged bodies that allowed people to feel empowered without requiring any real change. Body positivity is cool while fat acceptance is not.

Dr. Alexis Conason, “Why Do We Say “Diet Culture” Instead of “the Patriarchy?”

Why do I go hard on hating diet culture? It’s because it disempowers women and non-binary folks, and it continues to insult, ignore, and harm fat folks.

GIVEAWAY! DreiBerge Coffee

If you’re here, you probably here for the giveaway! I’m giving away ten free drinks (maximum $5 per drink) from DreiBerge Coffee! This is not a sponsored post. I just really love DreiBerge, and I want to support them.

So, here’s how to win:

  • Post a comment on this blog post,
  • In the comment, state your IG handle or email address*, so I can contact you,
  • That’s it!

The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 23rd. I’ll pick ten people around noon on Monday, May 24th and contact them letting them know they’ve won and how to claim your prize.

You’ll have until Wednesday, June 30th to use get your free drink from DreiBerge Coffee (they have a few non-coffee beverages as well including my favorite chai in Des Moines).

This giveaway is not associated with anyone but me. 😀

*PLEASE NOTE: If you enter your email address, you’ll be subscribed to my mailing list, so if you don’t want on that, please put your IG handle.

Thank you, and good luck!

Tackling Taboo Talk

Alliterations aside (heh), part of why Whole Damn Woman exists is because I grew tired of being told things weren’t polite to discuss. I remember in the early days of my Instagram use, I shared I wanted to talk about bodies and sex and food and politics and sexuality and race . . . a friend replied, “You mean all the stuff that’s not polite to bring up over dinner?”

Yes, that’s exactly what I mean.

Think about it. We live in a constant relationship with our bodies, but we rarely talk about them. During a presentation this morning, I asked attendees if they were ever asked as kids, “How do you feel about your body today?” Or even “How are you feeling in your body today?” No one said yes.

Yet we’re also told, “Listen to your body.” Like how? No one teaches us that. But we can’t bring it up because talking about bodies is impolite.

The same goes for politics, which influences and affects literally everything we do. Yet it’s rude to talk about it because it’s supposedly divisive.

Sex? Literally how we are created.

Food? Literally how we stay alive.

Sexuality? Literally how we maneuver major relationships.

Race? Literally a part of how we encounter one another.

Yet we aren’t supposed to talk about these things? This is my problem. Calling such major topics “impolite” forces us into silence, which perpetuates hatred, violence, abuse, and ignorance. If we can’t talk about what massively affects us, how are we to tackle the problems?

Maybe calling it all “impolite” was by design . . .

UPDATES: DSM Food Database, 5/7/21

Some quick thoughts:

  • Black Cat Ice Cream is going where Woody’s Smoke Shack was. That’s a sad sign for any potential return of Woody’s/Stew’s after Stew’s passing. We were holding out hope.
  • I’m pretty sure Tacos mi Carmelo is closed. We passed it, and it looked deserted. I’ll have to double check though.
  • I can’t find anything about Wol’s beyond filing for a liquor license.
  • TH Cheesecakes is in Waukee, but I can’t tell if they have a location or operate inside another place. I’ll be checking that out, and I’ll update when I find out.
  • Are picnics the new food trend? It’s a pandemic-friendly way to eat. Might as well be. I think we’re beyond the charcuterie boom.
  • As always, if you know of any changes for food businesses in the area, please let me know!

Des Moines: Support Community Fridges

If you’ve been following the nonsense that is the City of Des Moines’ Food Security Task Force, you’ll know they are partnering with an (alleged) sexual predator to bolster his business, and they’ve rejected real solutions from someone who is actually feeding the community, Monika Owczarski, owner of Sweet Tooth Farm.

On her urban farm, Monika provides a community fridge that is beyond successful. Several other community fridges are popping up around the city. However, one is under threat of fines from the city if it is not moved from the front yard of a property–where it is accessible to all . . . which is the point of provided food security resources–to the back yard of the property.

The North Des Moines Community Fridge is different from other community bridge’s only because of zoning laws. But hunger doesn’t give a single fuck about zoning laws. And the city needs to re-evaluate the law before removing a food source for the hungry.

So, if you want to help, there are a few things you can do:

This is particular important because both Sweet Tooth’s fridge and a Little Free Pantry in DSM have been vandalized in the last month. It’s pretty clear someone doesn’t want the hungry to eat, which is monstrous. So, yeah. You’re needed here. The most powerful thing you can do is contact your city council member!