Road to the Conference – Jen Ponton, Aja Yasir, Carmen Cool, Mycroft Masada, Curvy Girl

Today is the day! The road to the conference has lead us to opening day!  Below you’ll find our final “Road to the Conference” Blog, as well as a preview of our (new for this year) Spoken Word Collective.   There’s still time to register –  Hurry to get your spot now!

Check out this preview of our powerful and amazing fat positive poets:

Speaker Spotlight

Jen Ponton – SO LONG, WACKY NEIGHBOR–BUH-BYE, BEST FRIEND: CHANGING THE GAME AS A FAT ACTRESS.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism, to me, is a lot like the way feminism is summarized–it is human rights. Fat activism encapsulates the growth of self-worth, -respect, -confidence, and requires the same of others. It requires ownership and destigmatization of your body. Most importantly, to me, FA is a bit of a miracle–the proof that, even against all odds, you can forge a new relationship with yourself and turn your life around.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Aside from being a very prominent majority that happens to be an oppressed minority, fat activism requires embracing and accepting and owning your body. This is wildly important in a society where bodies are oppressed left and right–women, trans folk, LGBTQ. We are a microcosm of the promise that can be held for a world where everyone’s body is cherished and respected.

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

I’m here for the Hollywood scoop, but it’s not all doom and gloom–there’s a silver lining to being a fat actress. The best is yet to come.

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Aja Yasir – How Dieting Makes Us Poor

 What does Fat Activism mean to you?

I wouldn’t call myself a fat activist. I’m just fat. I’m a fat person who believes that everyone deserves to live life on their own accord and to go after whatever they want. They (we) deserve this regardless of limitations society attempts to impose. We deserve this even if we impose those limitations on ourselves.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Freedom. The things I value most in life are the freedom of choices, the freedom of movement, and the freedom of self- expression. Why should any of these be restricted simply because I’m fat?

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

The correlation between dieting and poverty.

Carmen Cool

Carmen is a psychotherapist, educator, speaker, abortion counselor, rebel and a cupcake connoisseur. She has been a therapist for 17 years and works primarily with binge eating disorder. She has also started and run a nonprofit, created youth programs, and speaks internationally on Health At Every Size ®, feminism and eating disorders, and weight stigma. Her work is focused on dismantling diet culture, being our body’s advocate, and supporting the next generation of body positive leaders. She believes that psychotherapists need to start addressing their roles, as healers, in contributing to larger social healing and is increasingly passionate about bringing together activism and therapy. She is the past Board President of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, was named “Most Inspiring Individual” in Boulder, Colorado and was the recipient of the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award in Washington, DC.

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Mycroft Masada – Spirituality At Every Size : A Call To Action

 Mycroft Masada is a trans queer faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area of Maryland (Montgomery County) from hir lifelong home of Boston in 2014. A member of TransFaith’s National Council, steering committee member of TransEpiscopal, and former board member of Congregation Am Tikva, Mycroft is also a member of the Visionaries group that created the MoCo Pride Center (the first and only LGBTQ center for Montgomery County MD). Mycroft is particularly called to work for justice at the intersections of LGBTQI+ and fat communities, and is a writer and artist.

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

People of and at every size deserve equal access to, and equal membership in, spiritual practices and spiritual communities of all kinds. And as in every other aspect of communal life, fat people face intense and distinctive barriers in this sphere; the more so the more they struggle with intersecting oppressions — racism, ableism, classism and much more. From the Christian weight loss industry to the replacement of fatphobic Gods with fatphobic ‘Science’ to a plethora of other issues, there are many ways in which most of the faith community is unwelcoming to fat people. Too, in many senses, fatphobia has become a religion in its own right, especially among people who identify as secular. What is being done to lift up and better this facet of access and inclusion, what more is needed, and how can we take action towards social justice that not only includes fat justice and spiritual justice but is mindful of their intersection?

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Sponsor Spotlight

We are so grateful to have Curvy Girl as one of our Silver Sponsors for 2017!

At Curvy Girl, my passion is showing the world how sexy and beautiful fat bodies are. We feature lingerie that fits bodies from size 12/14 to size 28/30. We love to feature our customers and followers in our lingerie! http://shop.curvygirlinc.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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