Start with one small part.

Why start with only one small part? It’s part of our local focus for this issue and for our work as a whole. Changing one small thing, doing one small thing, can make a big difference, both for ourselves and for our communities.⁠
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Thank you for all of your comments, shares, and answers to our sock survey. We’ve had 112 responses! (If you’d still like to respond, the link is here:
m1L Sock-Sizing Survey.) ⁠⠀
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As you guessed from the survey, we are just looking at one part of the sock: how they fit calves. And we are working to integrate this with other work that has already been done. We hope to share how sock designers and makers can use this info for more inclusive sock fit.⁠⠀
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Why start with only one small part? It’s part of our local focus for this issue and for our work as a whole. Changing one small thing, doing one small thing, can make a big difference, both for ourselves and for our communities.⁠⠀
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That point was reinforced for me this week by a book I started — The Body is Not an Apology by @sonyareneetaylor. ⁠⠀
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The whole book is quotable and relevant (and just read it!), but this part caused me to stop and write it down.⁠⠀
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“The planet is a big, daunting place. It’s easy to feel at the whim of the universe. We have been convinced we are ineffectual at exacting any real change against our social systems and structures, so instead we land guilt and blame squarely on the shoulders of the most accessible party: ourselves. This burden has kept us immobile in our own lives and oblivious to our impact in the world. The weight of the shame has kept us small and trapped in the belief that our bodies and our lives are mistakes. What an exhausting and disheartening way to live. It was this sense of epic discouragement that fueled my inquiry into the nature of apology and led me to explore how our lives might look different if we began living unapologetically. What would the world look like if each of us navigated our lives with the total awareness that we owed no one an apology for our bodies?”⁠⠀
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It’s relevant not only to making sock sizing more inclusive, but also to changing our community, and creating a more open world. Starting with ourselves is the logical place to start. Our bodies are the most local place we’ve got.⁠⠀
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[Photo. by @kbredbeck my first socks: red & white striped with white heels & toes. They’re in my left hand. These socks fit no one. End.]

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