Mirna Valerio, Alysse Dalessandro, Andrea Nevins, and Jay Solomon Talk Fat Activism

Today we’re continuing with our speaker and sponsor pre-conference interviews so you can see what an amazing group we’ve got lined up for The Fat Activism Conference.  The conference will be held online September 23-25 – you can listen in by phone or computer, and you’ll also receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen/read live and on your own schedule.  Don’t wait to sign up, 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.

Mirna Valerio, Fat Girl Running

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism is simple: allowing people who live in big bodies the same rights to be seen, heard, loved and respected like everyone else.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

It ensures that beyond being bullied, shamed, and discriminated against for various reason, that big-bodied folks continue to have a strong voice and presence.

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

About a year ago, I wrote a blogpost entitled “How to be a Fatrunner in 10 Simple Steps). This post has received probably the most hits on the blog and continues to be shared over and over. In my workshop, I’ll be going IN on how to become a runner, and how to set yourself up for wild and uncontrollable success!

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

Website: fatgirlrunning-fatrunner.blogspot.com

Twitter/Instagram: @themirnavator

Facebook: Fatgirlrunning

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

I am currently working on my running memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress due to be published in October of 2017!

Click here to register for the conference! 

Alysse Dalessandro, Ready to Stare

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism represents a group of individuals fighting for the fair and equal rights of fat individuals. Everyday as fat individuals we encounter discrimination and size bias because we live in a society that believes as people are not worthy of existing. This bias has greatly affected my own life and for a long time, I felt controlled by what other people thought about my body. Discovering Fat Activism and people who practiced radical self love, changed my life and gave me back my power.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat Activism is important because there is still so much work that needs to be done towards equality. Health bias is still seen as normal. Fat shaming isn’t considered bullying or harassment. A lot of the unequal treatment experienced by fat individuals isn’t just accepted; it’s encouraged. Fat Activism is actionable steps taken by passionate individuals to tackle this. Fat Activism gives me hope.

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

I am going to be talking about fashion! I have used fashion in my own life as both as means for personal empowerment and an impetus for social change. I will be talking about how we need to shift the mindset of fashion from criticism to fashion as tool of fat liberation.

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

Website: www.readytostare.com

Instagram/Twitter: @readytostare

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

I am so excited and honored to be speaking at the Fat Activism Conference!

Click here to register for the conference! 

Andrea Nevins

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?

Lecture Title: “If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right”: Aspiring Towards a Smaller Body Later While Loving the Larger One You Have Now

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

Website: 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.

Click here to register for the conference! 

Sponsor Spotlight

Jay 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?

Website: http://moreofmetolove.com/

Click here to register for the conference! 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Community Partner

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About danceswithfat

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