Rajah Jones, Harriet Brown, Mirna Valerio, and Beyond the Curve Talk Fat Activism

The Fat Activism Conference is right around the corner, and we’re continuing to bring you in depth information and previews from our incredible speakers and sponsors.  The Fat Activism Conference is an online conference that will be held September 23-25 on a phone or a computer near you!  You’ll also receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen/read on your own schedule.  There’s even a pay-what-you-can-afford option. Don’t wait to sign up, hurry to get your spot now!

Speaker Spotlights: 

Rajah Jones

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

For me it’s about breaking the stigma and stereotypes that are projected on our bodies. Decolonizing these standards of beauty and what bodies are supposed to look like in the binaristic lenses of society. While creating a space where our bodies are celebrated and loved no matter the size or shape no matter the gender, race, sex, economic, and ethnic background.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important

I feel it’s very important to me because the medical complex, media, and society don’t have a right to push their agenda and create this sense of insecurity in ourselves because the standard is very unattainable for a lot of us. While fighting for fat activism will decrease mental illnesses, body image issues, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders and let everyone know that they can love their body how they are and should be able to have the freedom to live freely how they deem fit and not by anyone else’s standards.

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

Well I may touch on different things that can relate to body image, meeting oneself where they’re at and defying these stigmas and stereotypes.

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

Instagram @miss_o_jones
Facebook: Rajah Olivia Jones
Twitter: @rajah_jones

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Harriet Brown

What does Fat Activism mean to you? 

It means taking an active role in challenging stereotypes and assumptions and misconceptions around weight.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Because we live in a culture that demonizes and actively punishes people whose bodies don’t fit the rigid body norms. For me it’s a social justice issue as well as an issue of information and paradigm-changing.

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

How to help move people from a fat-fearing/fat-hating stance toward a more nuanced view of weight.

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

Website: www.harrietbrown.com

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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?

Facebook: Fat Girl Running
Twitter: @themirnavator
Blog: Fat Girl Running

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!

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Sponsor Spotlight

Beyond the Curve

Beyond the Curve Retreats are boutique body love coaching retreats. Run by two body-positive sex-positive certified life coaches, Beyond the Curve Retreats combine cognitive-based coaching work to improve your body image with fun and exciting body love adventures (we’re talking personal boudoir photo shoots with professional hair and makeup and burlesque workshops with internationally-renowned teachers). It all takes place in luxurious accommodations, with gourmet food, in the company of other fabulous women who are on this transformative journey together. As we like to say, loving your body starts in your mind – but a little luxury doesn’t hurt!

What does fat activism mean to you?

For us, fat activism means social and political efforts to normalize the bodies and lives of fat people – to dismantle structural size bias so that fat people can live freely. We see our coaching work as a form of fat activism – we both come from social justice backgrounds and our coaching is an extension of that work. Fat people who know how to live freely and happily in this world are the biggest threat to fat bias and the biggest boon to fat activism, and that’s what we help people do.

Why do you think fat activism is important?

FA is important because it teaches us that we are not just individual fat people with individual problems. We are part of a community that experiences systemic discrimination – and the solution lies in collective organizing and advocacy. As coaches, FA informs our approach with our clients. We don’t deny the existence of fat bias at all, but we work with people to help them experience full and expansive lives that include both personal development and collective efforts.

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

www.beyondthecurveretreats.com

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Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver 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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