Charlotte Cooper, Andrea Shaw, Kimberly Dark, and ASDAH Talk about Fat Activism

 

Promo BannerWe are so very excited about the wonderful sponsors and amazing speakers we have lined up for The Fat Activism Conference this year that we can’t possibly wait until September to tell you all about them. So we’re continuing with our pre-conference interviews from a few  of them every week so you can see what an amazing team we’ve got lined up for The Fat Activism Conference to be held September 23-25 on a phone or a computer near you.  Don’t wait to sign up. Prices will go up after July 31. So hurry to get your spot now!

 

Speaker Spotlights:

We are so excited to highlight three more of the amazing speakers who will be sharing their wisdom with us in September.

Dr. Charlotte Cooper

What does Fat Activism mean to you?
It means a social movement that emerged from the 1960s push for civil rights in the US but which may have links to liberation movements elsewhere. It means the dynamic and powerful political imaginations of feminists, especially lesbians and queers who have been the prime movers and shakers of the movement since it began. It means an intersectional movement; so when you talk about fat activism you are also talking about class, race, gender, age, disability, the medical-industrial-complex, bodies, sexuality, there are a great many concerns that fat activism helps illuminate. It means a movement that has radical roots and radical potential for all kinds of activists. It means a movement that is often under threat from exploitation, a lack of ethical intent, appropriation, political naivety. It means my most recent book, which has this title, and about 30 years of personal, scholarly and professional commitment to this movement.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?
It improves lives very directly by enabling people to develop a sense of their own voice, power, agency, community. It helps us all live the good lives that are not always expected for us as people who have generally experienced an enormous amount of social marginalisation. So there’s that. But it also has this bigger dimension, it is literally world-changing and world-making, it is about speaking to power. On a personal level, I find there is so much to say and think about fat, it is a rich and compelling subject, a lens that I use to help me understand things. Many people think that fat is an inconsequential thing but they are wrong! It is revolutionary, a dangerous subject, something that can really disrupt authority in amazing and beautiful ways.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?
I’m going to talk about some of the findings from the research that helped produce my book Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement. One of the most important things I found out is that most people do fat activism in very small, accessible, everyday ways. But those same activists often feel like failures, that they’re not good enough activists and should be doing more. So I will talk about how there’s a perfect standard in activism, how smaller interventions are just as rad as the more flashy stuff, and how fat activism as a movement could do well to value all styles of activism.

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

Obesity Timebomb is my main outlet for talking about fat stuff https://obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk

You can get copies of my book in various formats straight from my publisher http://hammeronpress.net

I do other things too, if you want to find out about them visit http://charlottecooper.net

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?
It is a real honour to be part of this and I am excited to see how it goes. I am very grateful. Thank you for giving me this platform and for listening to me.

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Dr. Andrea Shaw

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Awareness. It means gaining an active understanding of how the tyranny of slenderness is a cultural construct and working towards an emancipation of our sensibilities about body aesthetics.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Liberation. It provides a mechanism for the rest of the world to recognize and address the various ways in which people are marginalized based on body size.

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

My presentation will help curvy people of all races navigate the sometimes complex territory of loving and accepting their fat bodies. It will also map out strategies for “making friends with food” and enjoying the pleasure of eating.

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

http://www.andreaeshaw.com/

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

In addition to being an academic with an interest in body image, I am also a life coach who helps people work through a variety of concerns including body acceptance.

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Kimberly Dark

What does Fat Activism mean to you?
Fat Activism is so multi-faceted! We can all start with the ‘live fully and take no shit’ kind of activism and that’s no small thing. Then there’s the talk about it, write about it, create about it kind of activism. I’m into that. I love that folks are also doing legal activism, medical activism, political activism – the list goes on. All good, so long it addresses the inviolable human dignity which is sometimes questioned so freely.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?
To put it simply, we live in a fat-hating world and some of us are fat. So long as bodies line up along a social hierarchy of worth, some will be left out of the human family. I’m in favor of kinder interactions on the small scale and more just systems on the large scale. We can do that because, wow, human culture was made BY HUMANS!

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?
I use personal story telling to help people discuss difficult themes – and this talk is on the themes of language and fat and the nuances of how we carry stigma. I’ll also offer some suggestions for reclaiming our personal power after interacting with the language of the BMI, obesity and fat hatred. Holy crap, we have to keep pulling ourselves up out of those traps day by day!  I hope I’m at least developing some muscle in the process, for all the social renovation we have yet to do.

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

Yes! Learn about performances, articles and public appearances at www.kimberlydark.com

In particular, read my essays on yoga and fat at http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/tag/kimberly-dark/

Befriend or follow me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.dark.9

You can also join me for a Yoga Is For Every Body retreat in Hawaii, where we using yoga, nature, journaling and community to explore the stories we carry in the body. Retreats are every June and December. https://kalani.com/workshops/2016/yoga-every-body-1

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?
Thanks so much Jeanette and Ragen and the Organizing Team. I love that this conference exists and I appreciate your work…

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Sponsor Spotlight:

ASDAH

Once again, ASDAH has graciously agreed to be one of our sponsors for the Fat Activism Conference.  We recently interviewed ASDAH board member Jay Solomon.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism means taking action and speaking out against weight stigma, bias, and discrimination so that we can begin to dismantle the ways oppression operates systemically in our lives and ensure that all bodies are welcome. Fat Activism does not exist in a vacuum. People experience inequalities differently, so fat activism also means recognizing the ways that fat stigma intersects with other identities.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat Activism is important because it brings vital attention to the essential humanity of individuals with larger bodies. Unfortunately, bias, stigma and discrimination won’t just work their way out of our cultures without effort, and Fat Activism is important because it sits at the forefront of that effort, demanding respect for all people and all bodies, regardless of their size, weight, health status or ability.

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

www.sizediversityandhealth.org

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

ASDAH recognizes and is grateful for the many Fat Activists who have come before us and paved the way.

We hope that many of you will join ASDAH and work with us to push forward the intersection of the work that the Fat Activism and Health At Every Size® communities are doing.

The FAC Organizing team is so grateful to the speakers and sponsors who make this conference happen and we invite you to join us for the online conference live Sept 23-25, 2016 and/or using our recordings and transcripts to listen and read on your own schedule. Explore this site for more information about speakers, sponsors, and then REGISTER HERE!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Silver Sponsors

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Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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