Dianne Bondy, Stef Maruch, Yolanda Williams, and More of Me To Love Talk Fat Activism

Promo BannerWe are so excited about the amazing speakers and sponsors we have lined up for The Fat Activism Conference that we can’t possibly wait until September to tell you all about them.  So, we’re going to give you a preview of the conference we have in store by bringing you interviews from a few of them every week, including media like this week’s interview on the radio show Phat Tuezdays.  Remember that this is a virtual conference (held September 23-25) and so you can listen in by phone and computer from wherever you are, and you’ll also receive recordings and transcripts of each talk so that you can listen/read on your own schedule.

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Speaker Spotlights

Dianne BondyDianne Bondy

What does Fat Activism mean to you? 

Fat activism means changing the world from a place of public shame and self-hate an acceptance to a place of celebration where everyone is welcome. It means shifting culture away from the thin-obsessed, oppressive nature of seeking physical perfection to a place of empathy, compassion and self-love

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is important because it helps put an end to bigotry, and ignorance but celebrating all bodies and debunking stereotypes

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

I will be taking about what it means to stand in your power and not allow others to determine your value. I am on a quest to help people befriend their bodies.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

http://www.DianneBondyYoga.com and http://www.Yogasteya.com and Social media: DianneBondyYoga

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Stef MaruchStef Maruch

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

What I like most about fat activism is the part where it means fat people being in community. Fat people benefit from being in community because we can support each other when we encounter prejudice and hatred.

We benefit from being in community because we can help each other live according to ideas like:

–Fat people of all sizes deserve as much respect and access as other people.

–Fat people deserve to love and believe in ourselves.

–Fat people of every shape, size, race, gender expression, age, and ability are attractive and worthy.

We benefit from being in community because when we raise our voices together to demand respect and access, we are stronger and we will be heard.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

We need fat activism because fat people are discriminated against in every walk of life. Fat activism stands up and says that’s wrong and it has to change.

For example we find it harder to get jobs, access health care, travel, and find affordable clothing.

We can’t go out in public without risk of being harassed for how we look.

People incorrectly believe they know our health status just by looking at us.

People judge us for being unhealthy but mock us when we do things that might benefit our health, such as exercising.

Fat people are rarely shown in a positive light in the media.

The body hatred that society instills in all women hits fat women especially hard.

I am a fat activist because I care about changing how fat people are treated and also how we think about ourselves. For some of us it’s hard to face the hatred day in and day out without wanting to withdraw from
the world. Fat activism and community can remind us that we belong and deserve respect and access.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

I plan to talk about fat people creating alternatives to healthism. (Healthism is the notion that striving for health is a moral imperative and so-called healthy people are morally superior to other people.)

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

I maintain a list of fat friendly health professionals that includes tips on how to find a fat friendly health provider and how to engage with your health providers so that they treat you with the respect you
deserve:  http://fatfriendlydocs.com

I’m also on Facebook and I blog occasionally at  http://firecat.dreamwidth.org

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

Intersectionality ho! I’m superfat, queer, nonbinary, and disabled.

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Yolanda WilliamsYolanda Williams

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism means changing the social attitudes and perceptions society has toward fat people.  It means busting myths about the capabilities of plus size bodies and challenging the idea of what health and strength looks like.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Because of diet culture and unattainable body standards being fat is one of the worst things you can be in this world.  We are brainwashed, men and women, to believe that a person’s worth is measured by their weight and because of this, fat people are bullied, abused, and many suffer from depression.  Fat Activisim is important because the bullying and shaming is getting worse.  People can’t even work out without the fear of someone filming them and posting it on social media.  We need to change the perception that somehow fat people aren’t people.  That being fat means you deserve ridicule and abuse.  Fat Activisim sheds light on the impact diet culture and fat shaming has, not just on fat people, but on all people, because when dehumanizing someone for any reason becomes a normal practice, nobody will be safe.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?  For some reason people think that when a fat person is active, the end goal is to be skinny.  The big lie perpetuated by diet culture is that inside every fat person is a skinny person just waiting to get out and live the life they were meant to live…the life that their current fat body isn’t capable of living.  It’s time we exposed this lie and change the perception of what health looks like.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?  Please visit my website at http://justcurves.net.  Connect with me on the Facebook Just Curves page.  http://facebook.com/justcurvesactive

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Sponsor Spotlight

momtl logoJay Solomon—More of Me to Love

This is our third Fat Activism Conference, and it’s the third time that Jay Solomon and More of Me to Love have sponsored us.  We recently interviewed Jay about Fat Activism.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism is any action that defies culturally acceptable norms, stereotypes and requirements imposed on fat people’s bodies. Fat Activism is going on national television and saying “Fat is beautiful,” just as Fat Activism is wearing a sleeveless shirt that shows the skin of your fat body. Fat Activism is not apologizing for taking up space, just as Fat Activism is loving – or even just trying to love – the body you have for all of its girth, jiggle, curves and more. Fat Activism is working, whether in public or private spaces to embrace one’s body and help other people do the same. What Fat Activism means to us at More of Me to Love is that we’re allowed to do things for the bodies we have today. It reminds us that it’s okay to buy the pants that fit, not ones we aspire to fit in. It tells us that exercising and prioritizing health are a choice that we get to make, and should we, we’re entitled to do so without shaming and an emphasis on weight loss or changing our bodies.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat bodies – and therefore fat people – are stigmatized and demonized in our culture and many others. They are made to feel less worthy and associated with numerous stereotypes and judgments. Fat children are bullied and fat adults are charged more for everything from airline seats to health care. Fat Activism is the effort to start righting these wrongs, to start changing the narrative and to start embracing the bodies that bring us through the world, whatever their size. Fat Activism means that spaces will become safer for everyone.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?


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Fat Activism Conference In The News

Conference co-founder Jeanette DePatie, and Organizing Team member Joy Cox were recently interviewed on the radio program Phat Tuezdays, hosted by Tracey Crosson.

Click here to listen to the interview! (Conference Interview starts around 36 minutes.)

You can listen to Phat Tuezdays every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern on http://mixlr.com/nell-radio/

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Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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About Ragen Chastain

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be Iron-distance triathlete, Activist, Fat Person.
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