Jane Arlene Herman and Velvet D’Amour Talk Fat Activism

This is the last in our series previewing the amazing speakers and sponsors of the Fat Activism Conference, because the conference starts tomorrow!  Today is the last day to register with regular conference rates (the prices increase to our “last chance” rates tomorrow) so click here to get your spot now! Remember that the conference is online so you can listen from wherever you are, you’ll receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen and read on your own schedule, and there is a pay what you can afford option. Here are this week’s interviews with two powerful fat activists:

Jane Arlene Herman, Healthy Me

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

All oppressed people are activists, even if one never says a word in one’s own
defense. Every time a cruel, harmful, or judgmental word, look, or action is thrown in our
direction, our bodily, psychic, or emotional reaction is the reaction of an activist. Some of us, by luck or privilege, are more able to speak up or act. We activists need to claim
responsibility for our privilege and speak up for those who are not living in the best
circumstances to speak for themselves.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is a very special movement. Not many other activist groups or people are willing to do the necessary work to halt their own fatphobia, or to speak up for us. We fat folks are too often ridiculed and emotionally discarded by folks who are ashamed to even be seen with us. We must not wait for others to shine our light. We fat activists and our allies need to work together to keep our light bright and our words bellowing.

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

In my talk I will discuss how oppressed people gain power by learning to identify the ways in which we are oppressed. Much of our oppression has been hidden or “mystified” by people and corporations (and now, we are told that corporations are people, too!) who financially, emotionally, and politically profit from encouraging us to think that there is something “wrong” with fat folks. Mystification keeps us feeling fearful and powerless. It steals our compassion for ourselves and each other.

I will also talk about our fear of fat and how none of us escapes experiencing this fear. People are going to become fatter. Just about everyone knows deep down in our hearts that this is true, and just about everyone fights this (do you want to become fatter than you are today?). Everybody is afraid of fat, fatter, fattest.

This has led almost every person (fat or not) to some fear of eating. We become the constant judge and jury of our own food dis-pleasure. Add to this the corporate planned alienation and mystification of the freedom to really understand and act on liberating ourselves from our oppression, and we become afraid to allow ourselves to just EAT, eat all that we want, and whatever we want. Mystification tells us that we are “binge eating” and “addicted” to food. But really, we are hungry—actually, starving. Our bodies need more food, and that is why we crave sugar and desire more fats, oils, salt, carbs, and meat. Our so-called addictions are the result of physical HUNGER. But we have become too afraid to eat, just damn it EAT, eat, and then eat more. We must relearn how to nourish our bodies, minds, and souls.

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

Email: healthyme@gmail.com
Facebook: Jane Arlene Herman

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

Professionally, I am a radical therapist and consultant. I teach people how to organize and create ongoing problem-solving groups. I provide consultations, in person or by phone, for people and groups who are in crisis or who need guidance in regard to specific problems, especially problems that come up in relation to political oppression and activism.

We need to talk with each other in safe, supportive, ongoing organized groups where we can share our feelings, because keeping our truth hidden isolates us and makes us feel deep-down loneliness. We need support to bring our truths into the light.

Click here to register for the conference! 

Velvet D.Amour, VOLUP2

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

It means making the change I want to see.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat Activism is important due to the inundation of fat prejudice rampant in modern society.

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

I speak about my career and magazine VOLUP2 and fat within the fashion industry.

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

Website: Volup2
Instagram @volup2
Facebook: Volup2

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Click here to register for the conference! 

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

Click here to register for the conference! 

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!

Click here to register for the conference! 

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

Click here to register for the conference! 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Courtney Marshall, Amy Pence-Brown, Cat Pausé, and ASDAH Talk Fat Activism

Here is the next installment of  pre-conference interviews from our powerful and inspirational speakers and sponsors, 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. 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.

Courtney Marshall, Wrong is Not My Name: Black Feminist Fitness

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means, to quote Michelle Cliff, “claiming an identity they taught me to despise.”  I celebrate the beauty and resilience of fat communities while working to dismantle structures that punish fat people for simply existing.  To do this I have to work against other systems like white supremacy, predatory capitalism, and misogyny.  It also means that I make spaces for fat Black female joy and happiness.  It means constantly working for a world that isn’t here yet.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism teaches me that feelings of unworthiness or disgust were all taught to me.  They have material consequences and incentives, and they can be challenged and unlearned.  I can’t participate in my own destruction, right?  I have to create something new in order for me and other fat people to survive.  This is what the very best activism does.

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

I’ll talk a bit about my journey out of diet culture into fat activism, my ongoing theorizing of the stereotype of Mammy, my obsession with Fannie Lou Hamer, and my Black feminist fitness program.

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

Facebook: Black Feminist Fitness

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

Holla at me if you want to talk.  We all we got!

Click here to register for the conference! 

Amy Pence-Brown

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

To me, it means taking up space. Using my voice to add to the conversation. Showing up in my fat body. Being brave and rebellious. Living a happy and fulfilling life out loud. It’s about creating my own media, changing the narrative, and standing for self-love.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

I’ve been asked repeatedly about my reclamation of both the terms “fat” and “activist,” since they both have negative connotations in our contemporary culture. People continue to see them both as something untoward and scary, unsavory and daunting. That right there proves to me that our work is not only necessary, but revolutionary.

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

As a body image activist for the past seven years, I believe in opening my mouth and my heart. From both of these places I tell a powerful story of vulnerability, courage, body positivity and the importance of taking a stand for something you believe in – yourself. You’ll hear more about the making of a fat, forty-year-old feminist mother who recently became famous for stripping down half-nude in a blindfold and a black bikini at a farmers market downtown Boise, Idaho, bravely asking people to draw a heart on my body if they believed that all bodies are valuable and how a video of this radical stand for self-acceptance went viral and has been now seen over 150 million times and covered by media all over the world, including CNN, People, Cosmopolitan, NPR, the Dr. Oz show, Bustle, xoJane, USA Today, Huffington Post, and SHAPE magazine.

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

Website: www.amypencebrown.com
Facebook: Amy Pence-Brown – Writer, Artist, Body Image Activist
Facebook: Boise Rad Fat Collective
Instagram Idaho_Amy
Twitter @IdahoAmy

Anything else you want folks to know?

I recently gave a TEDx talk titled The Stand for Self-Love that really tells an inspiring story of how I became a fat fierce feminist from Idaho and came to be at peace with my body.

 

Cat Pausé, Friend of Marilyn

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means fat people are the ones who know about their lives. Fat activism means fat people have their voices included in conversations around fatness.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is important because fat hate hurts people of all sizes – and while we may not be able to change everyone’s mind about fatness, we can damn sure make it illegal to discriminate against us for our size. And we can strive for a society in which fat people are able to lead their lives the way they want, without apology or shame.

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

I’m talking about weight discrimination in employment. We explore weight discrimination, and efforts that have been made to make this illegal in pockets across the world. I share my experience of having my employer (a University in New Zealand) add physical size as a protected category in policy documents.

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

iTunes: Friend of Marilyn
Facebook: Friend of Marilyn; Cat’s personal page
Twitter: @FOMNZ
Tumblr: FriendofMarilyn
Blog: Friend of Marilyn
YouTube: Friend of Marilyn
Google Citations: Cat Pausé
Academia.Edu: Cat Pausé
Research Gate: Cat Pausé

Anything else you want folks to know?

I hosted Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in New Zealand in June. All of the speakers were video recorded using Mediasite, and people can still register for the online option to get access for up to a year (Tinyurl.com/fsnz16); it’s the only Fat Studies conference in the world, so I’d recommend checking it out if you are interested in fat scholarship. The price has dropped to 25NZD/18USD, but you only have until 30 Sept to register!

 

Click here to register for the conference! 

Sponsor Spotlight

ASDAH

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?

Website: www.sizediversityandhealth.org

Anything else you  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.

Click here to register for the conference! 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jeanette Miller, Saucye West, Kerry Beake, and Friend of Marilyn Talk Fat Activism

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 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. Hurry to get your spot now!

Speaker Spotlights:

Jeanette Miller, The Writer Girl

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

For me, Fat Activism is about everything from the authenticity with which I try to live day to day life in my own fat body to the outward action—conversations, writing, presentations, political actions, push back against the medicalization of fat bodies, etc—about fat and weight oppression and the liberation from that oppression.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?
Fat and weight oppression is not limited to fat people. And so, for me it is important that my activism is about All Bodies. I think the “body positivity” movement, popular at the moment, can provide for opportunities to do Fat Activism much more visibly. The movement itself doesn’t go far enough, and as you’ll hear just a bit of in my presentation, it’s not always possible to be positive about your body. But that uncomfortableness with one’s body shouldn’t be based in oppression, this is where Fat Activism comes in. Bodies are diverse, complex, individualized “machines” and they change and behave in ways that have absolutely nothing to do with the size of one’s body. It’s on those days, like today when I’m fighting a summer cold, when I’m not in love with what is happening with my body, that I also find Fat Activism to be a critical aspect of my daily life. I also think that in doing Fat Activism, it’s important to be specific, to name the oppression and to share the specific experiences of those involved. It’s not always my place to do so, as I can only speak to the experiences of my fat, white, cis-gendered body. So in my activism, I’m looking at ways of handing the microphone to others, be it encouraging them or giving people a platform to share their experiences and their stories in ways that work towards an increasingly diverse and intersectional view of fat and weight liberation.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?
My presentation will stem predominantly from the last year and a half where I’ve taken my life and activism “on the road,” I’ll share some experiences, how it’s impacted my approach to activism, how I am in my own body and the importance of taking chances on yourself and others.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?
Websites: http://www.wr1tergurl.com/ & http://wr1tergurl.weebly.com/

Click here to register now!

Saucye West

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism is my daily walk. Every day I strive to be an example that. It’s something that I have embodied and I am very proud of how far we have come and where we are going in this movement.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is important because we need to change the perception. It is important that we continue to fight for the right to own our space and love ourselves without having to apologize for our bodies, When we have a united front it shows people that we will live and it is not their opinion when and how we live or die 

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?
I will be discussing how the plus size community is beginning to separate and the events that have taken place to where there is not a hierarchy in terms of plus size. And how we need to come together to stop this.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saucyewestplusmodel

Instagram: @saucyewest

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

My name is Saucye West, I am your favorite fat girl. And I am here to change the standard of beauty

Click here to register now!

Kerry Beake, Unleashing the WELL in every BEING!

What does Fat Activism mean to you?
When I first heard this term I wasn’t sure what it meant because fat was a bad word. But now it means a place, a voice, justice, respect, connection, existence, strength for those who have been made to feel and been told they should not exist because their body fails to conform to a narrow largely unachievable ideal. It’s friendship, leadership  and community. Fat is not a bad word, it’s a word and it’s a word. It’s a word that is being reclaimed and in the process expanding what it means to be fat where a single negative stereotype no longer applies.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?
Without activism things don’t change. Injustice exists and it can only exist in fear and apathy. Injustice is bullying and it’s where some benefit at the expense of others. It uses silence and fear to continue the process. Activism is the collective voice that’s shouts stop, no more, this needs to change. It’s been said that less than 10% of people will ever speak up, 10% never will and it’s the 80% in the middle who are undecided in a bullying environment. Activism helps to sway and give courage to the 80%.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?
I will be focusing on building connections, community and belonging. This is something that for people who may be isolated (I live in one of the most isolated cities in the world), and or have felt they don’t belong and how to begin to change that. Belonging and feeling like we matter is so fundamental to us a humans and its intrinsic to our wellbeing. But it can be difficult, maybe uncomfortable, our past bad experiences can leave us feeling vulnerable and mistrustful. Activism can also seem daunting perhaps for some people for example if you’ve believed all your life that you need to be nice and agreeable, not cause a fuss etc. I will be exploring these ideas to help people realise there is a place for them and they can relax and feel comfortable and belong and they can be themselves.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?
Website: http://www.haeshealth.com

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

I love cats! I’ve always loved cats.

Click here to register now!

Sponsor Spotlight

We are so happy to have Friend of Marilyn as one of our sponsors for 2016! We spoke with her about why she’s involved in fat activism and supporting FAC.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means fat people are the ones who know about their lives. Fat activism means fat people have their voices included in conversations around fatness.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is important because fat hate hurts people of all sizes – and while we may not be able to change everyone’s mind about fatness, we can damn sure make it illegal to discriminate against us for our size. And we can strive for a society in which fat people are able to lead their lives the way they want, without apology or shame.

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

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/friend-of-marilyn/id462034226?mt=2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendofMarilyn

Twitter: @FOMNZ

Tumblr: FriendofMarilyn

Blog: https://friendofmarilyn.com

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

I hosted Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in New Zealand in June. All of the speakers were video recorded using Mediasite, and people can still register for the online option to get access for up to a year (Tinyurl.com/fsnz16); it’s the only Fat Studies conference in the world, so I’d recommend checking it out if you are interested in fat scholarship. 

Click here to register now!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tiana Dodson, Eileen Rosensteel, Gloria Lucas, and Melissa Fabello talk Fat Activism

As the conference gets closer, we’ll continue to share inspiration, insights, and advance information from our speakers and sponsors with you! This is an online conference so you can listen from wherever you are by phone or computer, registrants also receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen/read on your own schedule. The live conference will take place September 23-25, 2016.  Click here to register for the conference! 

SPEAKERS

Tiana Dodson, The Fat Health Coach

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

To me, Fat Activism means giving a voice to people who are often portrayed as inhuman, unworthy, and unwelcome.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Reversing the harmful beliefs that fat is the worst thing that someone can be and that avoiding this outcome is totally under your control is a huge part of why Fat Activism is important.

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

My talk at the conference is all about how each of us can contribute to the movement simply through the personal choices we make each day. As The Fat Health Coach, I believe that the journey to health begins with learning to love your chub.

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

Website: www.tianadodson.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HHCtianadodson

Twitter: @TAngelDR

 

Click here to register for the conference! 

Eileen Rosensteel

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means living my life out loud. Not letting the expectations of our society (illness, shame, and inability) keep me from doing what I want to do. It means speaking up, acting up, and supporting others in their journey.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Every time we push back against prejudice, it means that someone else won’t have to push as hard. Confronting bias is always important.

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

I’m so excited to share a few of the real stories of the circus fat ladies. They constantly surprise me with their fierceness and shenanigans. I love passing along the history of what fat women are capable of.

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

Friend me on Facebook! It’s the best place right now to connect with me and keep updated with my shenanigans.

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

No matter what your size, shape, or level of ability is you can move towards your dream. Dream big and love fierce!

Click here to register for the conference! 

Gloria Lucas, Nalgona Positivity Pride

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism means the collective effort to eradicate fat oppression. It means having an intersectional approach on evaluating fat oppression and unlearning the ways we have been taught to think about people and society.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism is more important than ever because the white-thin-cis-hetero industrial complex (The collective industrial and social production of the belief that the ultimate standard of beauty & health is possessed by those that are heterosexual, cisgender, light skin, and thin) is more pervasive than ever. A wholesome society is not possible when adults and children are taught that diet culture, weight-loss culture, and eating disorders are a “healthy lifestyle.” Fat activism allows us to study one of the most taboo subjects there is and it helps us evaluate the way we perceive the world and the way we view our bodies. Fat activism provides healing for the many who have been treated unfairly due to our body.

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

Participants can expect to learn about how colonialism has impacted the relationship women of color have with food and their bodies and the importance of decolonizing our body love.

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

Instagram: @Nalgonapositivitypride

Click here to register for the conference! 

Our Sponsor spotlight this week is the fabulous Melissa Fabello!

MelissaFabello.com

What does fat activism mean to you?

Fat activism isn’t for me, as a thin woman, to define. But I want fellow thin people to realize that fat activism is the foundation of all body acceptance work – and that without the hard work of current and past fat activists, body acceptance movements wouldn’t exist. Everything that we understand as “body positivity” today has roots in fat activism. We can’t be “body positive” if we don’t believe in the necessity of fat liberation. And even without being the target audience for the movement, fat activism has taught me so much about how I move through the world.

Why do you think fat activism is important?

Fat activism is important, first and foremost, because it advocates for fat people to receive basic respect. For that reason in and of itself, fat activism is important. More specifically, my activism is in the realm of eating disorder recovery, and fat activism is desperately important to that field – for many reasons. To start, the eradication of fatantagonism and the prevention of eating disorders go hand-in-hand. Although eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological and psychological components, the sociocultural influence is also significant. And in a society that hates fat people, relationships with our bodies and with food are going to be skewed, including to the point of disorder. But further, fat activism is needed in eating disorder conversations because of the misconception of what it means to “look like” one has an eating disorder. The truth is that there isn’t a relationship between eating disorders and body size or shape, but the prevalent assumption is that fat people can’t have eating disorders besides BED (and that thin people can’t have BED) – and we need people to stop believing this so that more people can get the help that they need.

Can you provide us with a link for folks to connect with you?

Website: www.melissafabello.com or on

Twitter: @fyeahmfabello

Click here to register for the conference! 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Caleb Luna, Jennifer Herman, Corbett OToole, Naomi Ortiz, and The Body Positive Talk about Fat Activism

Promo BannerAs the 2016 Fat Activism Conference draws near, we are excited to share some inspiring advance information about our speakers and sponsors. This is an online conference so you can listen from wherever you are by phone or computer, registrants also receive recordings and transcripts so that you can listen/read on your own schedule. The live conference will take place September 23-25, 2016.  Click here to register for the conference! 

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHTS

Caleb Luna

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism has been a way for me to reclaim and rethink my fat body and what fatness has to mean. It has been a way to come to terms with my fatness and offered tools to rethink my relationship to my own fatness as well as others’. Through fat activism I have been able to be in touch with my body and work through years and years of shame and internalization and see the value and worth and sexiness of fatness despite so many concerted efforts trying to stifle these realizations.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Fat activism has the potential to challenge so much about our relationship to our bodies. Through fat activism we can see the ways in which our imaginings of our body are related to capitalism, white supremacy, misogyny, heterosexism, and so many other systems of oppression. Fat activism can allow to untangle these systems from how we think about our bodies and work to liberate everyone to have a better relationship with their body.

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

My talk is thinking about how colonialism has shaped how we think about bodies, introducing several categories of bodies—including ‘man’ and ‘woman’ as well as ‘fat’ and ‘thin’. It will think through the ways in which colonialism has perpetuated and enforced the category of fatness and some questions about what this means for the fat body, especially for people of color.

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

Queerandpresentdanger.tumblr.com
Facebook.com/queerandpresentdanger
Instagram: chairbreaker
Twitter: bashbaq

Click here to register for the conference! 

Jennifer Herman

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat activism is a great source of comfort for me. The blogs, books, tweets, photos, stories, and in-person words of encouragement and wisdom of the fat activist community help me cope, and find strength, in the daily traumas of living in a fatphobic society. I feel proud to be a fat activist.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Because even the nursing profession—the most trusted profession in the United States for the past 14 years—is fatphobic. Fat shaming is a major public health problem. Fat oppression, dieting, body shaming, weight-based discrimination – whatever one may call it – causes suffering by inflicting pain, neglecting basic human needs of fat people, withholding compassion, and stealing precious time and energy from us. I’d like to see fat-activist-strategizing displace diet-talk everywhere!

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

Yes! Imagine what guerrilla theater, improvised or pre-scripted, might be like if you were the only actor and your healthcare provider were the only audience.

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

Sure, I’d love to connect with you on twitter: @fatpositiveRN

Anything else you (briefly) want folks to know?

I love the fat activist community and am so looking forward to getting to know more of you! xo Jen

Click here to register for the conference! 

 Corbett Joan OToole and Naomi Ortiz

Note: Naomi Ortiz and Corbett Joan OToole are co-presenting.

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Corbett: Fat Activism means being proud of the bodyminds we live in. Taking up all the space we need while being conscious of the privileges that having an empowered body gives us. Fat Activism means embracing ALL fat women.

Naomi: Fat activism is the lived action of bringing integrity to my body. Informed by other types of activism, fat activism reminds me my body is home.

As fat disabled women we live at multiple margins. Fat Activism says we are embracing our beautiful bodies who resist societal restrictions.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

Everyday the world tries to make fat people disappear. Tries to make all people hate their bodies so that we will participate in a fat-hating commercial culture.  Fat Activism challenges that erasure. Fat Activism helps us to name the ways that fatphobia tries to diminish us and gives us tools to fight back.

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

Naomi Ortiz and Corbett Joan OToole read body-loving letters to each other honoring our fat disabled bodies. We invite conference attendees to accompany us on a journey of inquiry, discovery and community. We explore the ways that our age, race, orientations and experiences shape us and provide us with powerful tools of resistance and the strategies we’ve cultivated to recharge, revitalizing our hearts and spirits.

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

Naomi Ortiz writes at www.SelfCareForSocialJustice.com

Corbett Joan OToole’s work is at CorbettOToole.com

Anything else you  (briefly) want folks to know?

We speak our truths with honesty, humor and loving kindness.

To read more about Self-Care for Social Justice, visit:
http://www.selfcareforsocialjustice.com/

Click here to register for the conference! 

We’d also like to acknowledge one of our very special sponsors, the folks at The Body Positive. We want to thank them sincerely for their support and share with you a statement that they made about Fat Activism.

The Body Positive

Fat Activism means working to change the way society views fat people and fat, itself. It means shifting the overwhelming belief and perception that fat is bad into one that embraces and accepts body diversity. This can be done through conversations, fashion, art, public speaking, education and more! It’s pointing out the double binds that are so pervasive, confusing, and damaging to our well-being, calling out the companies, organizations and individuals who use them, and demanding that they do better. It’s recognizing the micro-aggressions that are inflicted upon people of all sizes everyday, especially fat people, and educating those who knowingly or unknowingly enact them. It’s taking up the space that we need and deserve and empowering others to do the same. It’s demanding that the space needed is offered and available to those who need it.

Fat Activism is important because without it, the prejudice, discrimination, and unnecessary suffering of all people will continue! Fatphobia and prejudice affect people of all sizes. Since everyone in our society is taught that fat is bad, those who are fat suffer from social stigma, lack of accessibility, and often times, self-hatred and disordered eating, and those who are not fat suffer from fear of fat and often disordered eating in an attempt to prevent themselves from becoming fat. So much energy and so many resources are directed towards perfecting and hating our bodies that so many of us have nothing left to devote to other pursuits; our fatphobia produces billions of dollars each year! We must help one another open our eyes to the extremely damaging effects of the diet industry and the ways that we are all preyed upon. We must demand that fat people be treated with dignity and respect and shed light on the ways that they are denied this basic human right so that it doesn’t continue.

Please check out our website at www.thebodypositive.org where you can learn more about what we do to fight fatphobia and help people of all sizes to lovingly care for their bodies.

Click here to register for the conference! 

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

BEDAwebBanners-02

Gold Sponsors

ASDAH Banner 2

Friend of Marilyn Banner

btc-rsz_twitterheader

Silver Sponsors

The Body Postive Banner

Melissa Fabello Banner

Community Partner

More of Me to Love

Click here to register for the conference! 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment