Road to the Conference – Rachel Wiley, Misia Denéa, Lesleigh Owen, Tony Harrell, Frannie Zellman, Kimberly Dark, and Food Psych Podcast, Thigh Society

We 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 October 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 October 6-8. It’s an online conference so you can listen live by phone or computer, and  and recordings and transcripts are also provided so you can listen/read on your own schedule. Don’t wait to sign up. Hurry to get your spot now!

Speaker Spotlight

Rachel Wiley – Glory in Two Parts (part of the Spoken Word Collective)

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

It means living my life without apology for the space my body requires and encouraging others to do the same.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Because the world is full of fat people who are told every single day that we are not worthy when we very much are.

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

Confronting the idea of “Glorifying Obesity” from people who want me to be less visible.

Misia Denéa – BI/BLACK/ BODY POSITIVE/BLISS – An ODE to my Queer Plus-Sized African-descended Self

 What does Fat Activism mean to you?

To promote Body Positivity despite the overwhelming fatphobia in the wellness industry. To artfully exalt the beauty within the Plus Size Body.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is important because of the rampant discrimination toward fat people, body love should be promoted for all , not just the status quo fit the mold thin, slim & athletic body type.

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

I’ll be sharing my journey on how body love has manifest in my life as a queer fat black woman.

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Lesleigh Owen – Diet Talk Blues (part of the Spoken Word Collective)

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Challenging the automatic normalization and valuation of thinner bodies. Addressing how fat hatred intersects with other -isms. Celebrating the resistance inherent in fat, marginalized, loathed, fetishized, and ignored bodies. Living so loudly and largely, no one can ignore my fat body and identity.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

All forms of resistance to constructions of “normal,” “right,” and “docile” bodies are essential.

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

It’s a response to an acquaintance of mine who gushed about her weight loss via Weight Watchers.

Tony Harrell – Navigating the World of Travel as a Fat Person

Tony Harrell has spent the new millennium working in both the travel industry and the Fat Acceptance movement. He owns Abundant Travel whose focus is on assisting travelers of size in planning accommodating and memorable travel experiences. He also has served under NAAFA (the National Association To Advance Fat Acceptance) as both a Chapter President and on its National Board of Directors. He currently lives in Washington DC with his wife Cathy and their dachshund Pep.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

It means working to secure human and civil rights for people who make up a significant amount of North America and the world in general. Fat people deserve to be treated with respect.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

I am an advocate for equal rights and opportunity for everyone and fact people certainly deserve those benefits as much as anyone.

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

I will be discussing how one can negotiate the world of travel as a fat person, from deciding where to go, where to stay, to how to get there.

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Frannie Zellman – Fat Bronx Walking (part of the Spoken Word Collective)

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

There are many kinds of fat activism and fat activists. Some of us write so that other fat activists can unite behind both old and new ways of expressing our activism. Some of us write to congresspeople about discrimination against fat people. Some of us defiantly go out each day and do what we must in spite of egregiously appalling treatment (catcalls, eggs thrown, hate mail (online especially)). To me, fat activism means a) succoring our sister and fellow fat activists and fat people in their own struggles and triumphs b) letting the world know all about the fact that fat people deserve every right and privilege accorded slimmer people in this society and in any society, and that there is no reason for them to consider becoming un-fat.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is vitally important because there are still so many people in the USA and in the world who don’t think that fat people should be happy in our own fat skins. In our lives, in our actions, we need to convince these people that fat is another size in which many people come, and there should be no moral or physical or psychological onus on anyone, but especially on fat people, to change our size.

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

My poem is about a borough of New York -the Bronx- personified as a fat woman, who walks through streets and years, receiving comments about her shape, and who walks proudly through them anyway.

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Sponsor Spotlight

We are so happy to have Kimberly Dark, Food Psych Podcast, and Thigh Society as Silver Sponsors for 2017!

Kimberly Dark is a writer, sociologist, and raconteur working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life, one clever story, poem, and essay at a time. Where’s Kimberly? Check the website calendar at www.kimberlydark.com. Want to know more about Yoga Is For Every Body retreats in Hawaii June and December each year? Here’s the next one: https://kalani.com/workshops/2017/yoga-every-body-0

Food Psych is a podcast dedicated to helping you make peace with food and your body. Each week, registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor Christy Harrison talks with leaders in the fat-acceptance and Health at Every Size movements about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, self-compassion, and self-care. Launched in 2013, Food Psych is now one of iTunes’ top 100 Health podcasts and the world’s leading anti-diet podcast. Learn more and subscribe at foodpsychpod.com!

Thigh Society Breathe a thigh of relief and say goodbye to chafing with our stretchy, breathable and moisture wicking slip shorts that hug your curves without making you feel squished like shapewear. Lightweight, soft and oh-so-comfy… you’ll forget you’re wearing them. At Thigh Society, we’re on an anti-chafing crusade to END the taboo around thigh chafing, and kick-ass (kick-thighs?!) on our body positive mission to help women love themselves at any shape and size. If we added up all of the minutes we spend being critical of our bodies and instead turned that time into something positive…imagine the possibilities! Learn more at www.thighsociety.com

 

 

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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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