Schedule

This is an online conference, you can listen in by phone and on the web and you’ll receive recordings and transcripts of each talk so that you can listen/read on your own schedule. To stay in the know, click here to join our e-mail list

The conference will take place September 23-25, 2016. Check out the quick view schedule and expanded talk descriptions below!

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Quick View Schedule 

Friday, September 23 (all times Pacific)
6:00-6:45pm Dianne Bondy- The Evolution of You: Mindfulness Practices, Body Equity and Body Acceptance
7:00-7:30pm Alysse Dalessandro – Re-Imagining Fashion from an Inclusive Framework
7:45-8:15pm Harriet Brown – Writing As Activism:6 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing About Weight and Health
Saturday, September 24 (all times Pacific)
8:30-9:00am Mirna Valerio – The Fatass Badass Athlete
9:15-9:45am Caleb Luna – The Colonial Body, Decolonial Body: Fatness and the Racialization of Bodies
10:00-10:45am Amy Pence-Brown – Boldness, Blindfolds & Black Bikinis: Standing for Self-Love Through Performance Art & Radical Social Media
11:00-11:30am Corbett Joan O’Toole and Naomi Ortiz – Replenishing the Spirit of our Disabled Fat Bodies
11:45-12:15pm Lisa Du Breuil – Activism for the Introverted and Anxious
12:15-1:15pm Meal Break
1:15-1:45pm Velvet D’Amour – An Interview with VOLUP2 Founder Velvet d’Amour
2:00-2:30pm Gloria Lucas – I am Not White and I Have an Eating Disorder
2:45-3:15pm Cat Pausé – Being Fat in the Workplace
3:30-4:00pm Stef Maruch – Fat People Creating Alternatives to Healthism
4:15-4:45pm Courtney Marshall – The Personal (Trainer) Is Political: Fat Activism At The Gym
4:45-6:00pm Meal Break
6:00-6:30pm Kerry Beake – Networking: A Key to Finding Safety in Unsafe Spaces
6:45-7:15pm Andrea Shaw Nevins – Making Friends with Food
7:30-8:00pm Julia Rogers – Revolution, Resistance and Lay-Expertise: Navigating Strategies for Change in the Fat Identity
8:15-8:45pm Rajah Jones – Why is it Hard to Accept Our Bodies?
Sunday, September 25 (all times Pacific)
9:30-10:00am Eileen Rosensteel – Professionally Fat
10:15-10:45am Charlotte Cooper – The Bad Activists’ Guide to Fat Activism
11:00-11:30am Saucye West – You Can’t Sit With Us!
11:45-12:15pm Jennifer Nicole Herman – Building Fat Patient Power While Accessing Healthcare
12:15-1:15pm Meal Break
1:15-1:45pm Tiana Dodson  – The Inherent Activism of Choice – How Your Personal Choices Move Us All Forward
2:00-2:30pm Daniel S. Goldberg – Can Teaching Be A Form of (Fat) Activism?
2:45-3:15pm Bevin Branlandingham – Disinvesting from Body Currency and Building Activist Resilience
3:30-4:00pm Roz the Diva – Guilt & Shame at the Gym: 4 Ways to Push That Crap Aside
4:15-4:45pm Kimberly Dark – Language, Complexity, and Health
4:45-6:00pm Meal Break
6:00-6:30pm Jane Arlene Herman – Embracing our Fatter Futures
6:35-7:05pm Jessica Wilson and Irene McCalphin – De-weaponizing and Decolonizing Desire
7:10-7:40pm Jeanette Miller – If You’re Waiting for an Invitation to Your Life, This is It!
7:45-8:15pm Yolanda Williams – “You Look Skinny” is Not a Compliment

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Expanded Talk Descriptions (all times Pacific)

Friday

6:00-6:45pm – Keynote

Dianne Bondy

Dianne BondyThe Evolution of You:  Mindfulness Practices, Body Equity and Body Acceptance

In this presentation celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement Dianne Bondy will discuss  how mindfulness practices allow us to overcome self-hate and teach about body equity, acceptance and ultimately self-love.

7:00-7:30pm

Alysse Dalessandro

Re-Imagining Fashion from an Inclusive FrameworkAlysse Dalessandro

For years, fashion has existed as an art form for the privileged. The fashion industry is built on “advice” which is nothing more than thinly veiled criticism designed not only to stifle creativity but to also perpetuate this idea that there’s only one way to participate in fashion. TV shows such as “What Not To Wear” have been sold as transformative but rather serve to pick apart not just individual style choices but also people’s bodies and the way they chose to dress them. This framework not only places an unrealistic standard on individuals but it also removes the aspect of choice.  You are seen as acceptable in fashion only if you are actively trying to look as thin as possible.

This way of thinking leaves plus size individuals and especially plus size individuals of color completely out of the conversation when it comes to mainstream fashion. And while plus size fashion has the opportunity to dismantle this framework, in many ways, it also perpetuates it. Those who are given the most visibility and access in fashion still possess many of the same privileges as their straight size counterparts.  And ironically, they often don’t want to be associated with the plus size fashion community at all (unless there’s a check involved). They advocate for elimination of the term ‘plus size’ and buy into the concept of flattering – another way fashion is used as a veil to control and police women’s bodies. As plus size fashion has slowly become more visible in the mainstream, this provides more potential opportunity for growth but with caution. I want to explore what fashion would look like if brands extended their size ranges, used models that represented all sizes across that range and encouraged individual choice and personal style over trends and tired beauty standards.

7:45-8:15pm

Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown by Jaime Young

Photo by Jaime Yount

Writing As Activism: 6 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing About Weight and Health

From writing for the New York times to writing her own book BODY OF TRUTH: HOW SCIENCE, HISTORY, AND CULTURE DRIVE OUR OBSESSION WITH WEIGHT—AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT to teaching classes on “Fat & Feminism,” Harriet will share lessons from her fourteen years of activism.


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Saturday, September 24 (all times Pacific)

8:30-9:00am

Mirna Valerio

Mirna ValerioThe Fatass Badass Athlete
Becoming, being, and celebrating the athlete you’ve always been in the body you have.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to lead the authentically athletic and athletically authentic life you’ve always wanted to lead but didn’t know how. I’ll take you through my own process of becoming an athlete in THIS. BODY. RIGHT. HERE. Then I’ll walk you through a few steps so that you’re able to come up with a plan to own and celebrate your own unabashed and fabulous athleticism. We’ll talk gear, training, and mindset so you’ll be able to lace up and go with confidence. Finally, we’ll share wisdom learned through moving the bodies we have right now.

9:15-9:45am – KEYNOTE

Caleb Luna

Caleb LunaThe Colonial Body, Decolonial Body: Fatness and the Racialization of Bodies

This will be an interrogation of the origin of a standard, non-fat body and its roots in colonialism and white supremacy. We will consider the development of fat hatred as a white supremacist agenda and how, ultimately, fat liberation needs to be an inherently anti-racist project.

10:00-10:45am

Amy Pence-Brown

Amy Pence-BrownBoldness, Blindfolds & Black Bikinis: Standing for Self-Love Through Performance Art & Radical Social Media

In August 2015, Amy Pence-Brown stood in busy public market downtown Boise, Idaho, with a blindfold, black bikini with markers in her hands and a sign at her feet asking people to draw a heart on her fat body if they believed in her message of self-love and that all bodies are valuable. What resulted was not only one hour of extraordinary compassion, but a wider breakthrough in the body positive movement, as a video of Amy’s performance art/social activism spread throughout the world via media, currently standing at over 150 million views and an overwhelmingly positive outpouring of support, making it one of the most viral videos of all time. Working as a fat activist through performances, writing and art for the past seven years, Amy will share her story of fat identity as a mother, her work as a fat activist through global constructs of fatness, and lived experience in a fat body. She will focus on this recent stand for self-love through an intersectional approach combining theories of feminism, art history, motherhood, social activism, social media and more.

11:00-11:30am

Corbett Joan OToole and Naomi Ortiz

Corbett and NaomiReplenishing the Spirit of our Disabled Fat Bodies

How do we revitalize our hearts to live fully and beautifully in the world? Being disabled and fat means every day contact with people and inaccessible environments requiring us to advocate for our own bodies. To survive we have to develop the stamina to resist, a life-skill which is a necessary but draining. How do we replenish our spirit when forced into a constantly defensive stance?

Corbett says, “When I was still walking, my shaky balance made walking a contact sport between my body, the walls and the floor. I went to a doctor asking for a wheelchair to increase my safety and be able to do more things with my friends. He told me, ‘No. Because you will get fat and lazy.’ His answer showed me that he preferred the prejudices of fat phobia and ableism over my health care.”

Naomi describes, “Last week a doctor prescribed me medication. When I asked about the side effects she responded, ‘You don’t need to worry because the only potential side effects are for women who get pregnant.’ Not only did I have to absorb what she said and the astonished look on her face when I responded that actually do have a long-term sexual partner, but all of the ablest assumptions I knew that were behind that look.”

Beyond the medical world, disabled people live interdependently. We know our bodies are beautiful. Yet, to survive we must rely on help from degrading systems. This tension of resisting ableism (constant assumptions/actions towards and about our bodies) and fat phobia, while also needing to interact with these same people/systems, means taking time and putting effort into nourishing our hearts and spirits.

Through letters, poetry and essay Naomi and Corbett will describe these tensions and our strategies to recharge and revitalize our hearts and spirits.

11:45-12:15pm

Lisa DuBreuil

Lisa Du BreuilActivism for the Introverted and Anxious

Anyone exploring social media will see people taking action all over the world to further the cause of fat acceptance.  Amazing essays and artwork, brave public actions and protests… it’s all incredibly inspiring but for some it can also be really intimidating!

For those of us who are more introverted, anxious, or over-scheduled, the idea of adding fat activism to our to-do list can seem overwhelming or impossible – and yet we feel called to be part of this important work.

This presentation will help listeners to think about how their innate personality traits and temperaments factor into what kind of activism will work for them, and how bringing a compassionate and pragmatic attitude toward this challenge will make it easier to take that first step and  feel good about it taking it.

12:15-1:15pm – Meal Break

1:15-1:45pm

Velvet D’Amour

Velvet d'Amour by Saima ALTUNKAYAAn Interview with VOLUP2 Founder Velvet d’Amour

Velvet d’Amour speaks about her work as the first fat model to break into Paris Couture and high fashion media and film, as well as talking about her revolutionary fashion magazine VOLUP2. She answers questions about becoming a Plus Size Model and much more!

 

2:00-2:30pm

Gloria Lucas

Gloria LucasI am Not White and I Have an Eating Disorder

This workshop focuses on the unique multigenerational experiences women of color have had with colonialism and its connection to the development of eating disorders. European colonialism (the violent acquisition that started 500 years ago in the Americans) left a legacy of disadvantages and injuries that still continue to impact communities of color today. This workshop will allow participants to learn about post traumatic slave syndrome and historical trauma and in what respect it has impacted the relationship women of color have with their bodies. Furthermore, we will hold a discussion on how to start the healing process through decolonization.

2:45-3:15pm

Cat Pausé

Cat PauseBeing Fat in the Workplace

This session will consider the experience of being fat in the workplace. Feminist standpoint theories will frame the identification of common threats and opportunities for fat people in employment settings. Common employment practices will be considered, alongside the lack of legal protection against weight discrimination in public settings. Lastly, I’ll share the path I took to convince my employer to add ‘Physical size’ to the policies around bullying/harassment and employment.

3:15-4:15pm

Stef Maruch

Stef MaruchFat People Creating Alternatives to Healthism

Healthism is a damaging set of beliefs that pursuing optimal physical health (whatever that means) is a moral imperative for everyone, that people who “are” healthy and engage in “healthy behavior” are superior to other people, and that people can judge other people’s health by what they look like and what they do. Healthism reproduces other prejudices as well — people farther from the “young thin cis white” societal ideal are assumed to be inherently unhealthy. Health is assumed to be under a person’s individual control, and societal barriers to health are invisible in this belief system.

Fat activists and allies often harbor healthist beliefs even when we have taken the initial step of understanding that having a fat body does not make a person evil. Let’s explore how we as fat people, allies, and fat activists can replace these attitudes with broader understanding: health is not a visible trait or a particular set of behaviors, there are many definitions and components of health, and we all get to decide for ourselves how to define and prioritize health.

4:30-5:00pm

Courtney Marshall

Courtney MarshallThe Personal (Trainer) Is Political: Fat Activism At The Gym

What’s it like being a fat positive exercise instructor who is hellbent on making exercise more inclusive, joyous, and accessible for folks with larger bodies?  Find out here!  In this talk I describe how I’ve used my academic training in Black feminism to explore my relationship to the fitness industry’s narratives about fat bodies.  In order to understand the fitness industry, we must learn how histories of marginalization and exploitation create stories about fat bodies’ capabilities and shape our relationships to exercise, labor, and beauty. For her, the fitness industry is built on narratives championing white supremacy, predatory capitalism, and misogyny, and the gym needs to be continually interrogated. Black feminist theory and activism led me to unlearn internalized oppression and demand liberation when it came to movement and fitness.  I believe that it’s key that fat people create our own community spaces for celebration and support.  I have done this twice: the first is a slow hikers group called The Terrapins. This year I launched Fat Camp!, a 2-week celebration to kick off the summer.  I’ll discuss how fat fitness activists can support and motivate one another to create the facilities and spaces we need.

5:00-6:00pm – Meal Break

6:00-6:30pm

Kerry Beake

Kerry BeakeNetworking – A Key to Finding Safety in Unsafe Spaces

There’s nothing like the feeling of belonging. Our biology is designed to belong even in the most minute ways. Sadly for fat people, that sense of belonging can feel more like a dream than reality. Isolation is far more damaging to our health and well-being than weight, which ironically the microscopic focus on this fights to have us believe otherwise. Unfortunately, focus on this only continues to marginalize, discriminate, and bully, increasing isolation.

Nevertheless, our world still separated through geography is connected in real time through the internet and social media. Although it can be misused and often further adds to discrimination and marginalization against fat bodies, there are also spaces being created that offer sanctuary and respite. This conference is just one such beautiful example! The ability for us to connect and share ideas and draw strength and support from each other is incredibly powerful. In our own environments we may be the lone voice, but connecting in this medium we are a choir!

This talk is about building that choir and making a song that can no longer be ignored.

6:45-7:15pm

Andrea Shaw Nevins

Andrea Shaw NevinsMaking Friends with Food

The tyranny of slenderness is abundantly evident in American culture. Additionally, it is complicated by the ways in which the bodies of fat black women are sometimes seen as desirable because these bodies signify nurturing, comfort, and food, but are simultaneously erased of their sexuality (or hypersexualized).  How do fat people of any race negotiate the rocky landscape of body acceptance and enter into a loving and supportive relationship with their curvy bodies in a cultural environment where their bodies are concurrently loved and hated? Furthermore, a great deal of the judgment directed towards fat bodies involves the assumption that the pleasure of eating should only be available to the slender. The public consumption of food is sometimes particularly challenging due to explicit and covert expressions of disapproval and even disgust from family or the community. This sometimes leads to fat people facing difficulty experiencing guilt-free satisfaction while eating, and the path to full body love and acceptance is obstructed by a tortured relationship with food. My presentation will help curvy people of all races navigate the sometimes complex territory of loving and accepting their fat bodies. It will also map out strategies for “making friends with food” and enjoying the pleasure of eating.

7:30-8:00pm

Julia Rogers

Julia RogersRevolution, Resistance and Lay-Expertise: Navigating Strategies for Change in the Fat Identity

In this talk I will discuss the current social movement strategies being used in the Fat Acceptance/Fat Liberation movement. Using comparison cases of other social movements including HIV/AIDS activism, Gay Rights, and Disability Rights I will discuss the ways that these strategies build upon past repertoires of successful movements. I will also discuss the limitations of these strategies.  Focusing specifically upon the issue of fatness and the healthcare sector I will discuss the ways that fat bodies are perceived and the strategies the movement has employed to alter these perceptions.  Is Health At Every Size an ally for Fat Acceptance? How might the two movements work together and how might their conflicting goals limit their collaboration?  Last, I will discuss the idea of a patient rights approach to fat liberation, and all of the attendant advantages, disadvantages and conflicts it might bring.

8:15-8:45pm

Rajah Jones

Rajah JonesWhy is it Hard to Accept Our Bodies?

Discussing why there’s so much stigmas and stereotypes around our bodies. Dealing with media, family, and society beauty constructs that promotes binaristic body types and how the intersection of our gender identity and expression, sex, race, and ethnic background intersects with one another that makes the standards even higher.

Sunday, September 25 (all times Pacific)

9:15-9:45am

Eileen Rosensteel

Eileen RosensteelProfessionally Fat

Fat people appear in the media every day to be ridiculed, shamed and medically treated as if fat was new freaky affliction. Most of us have felt like a freak at one point in our lives but have we looked at who our freaky ancestors really were? The fat ladies of the circus and sideshow made a living from their fatness long before the “obesity epidemic”. They were the cornerstones of traveling entertainment for around a hundred years. I will share many individual details as well as looking at the profession overall.  I have been performing my one woman show Bodacious Beauties bringing five characters to life and am working on a book as well.

10:00-10:45am – KEYNOTE

Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte CooperThe Bad Activists’ Guide to Fat Activism

Seven years of research and writing went into the making of my new book Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement. One of the most surprising discoveries I made is that fat activism is a mass movement based on the small stuff and that social change does not always happen through high level top-down policy. My findings have exciting implications for anyone who has ever felt that they aren’t a good enough fat activist. In this presentation I will explain how having a perfect standard for activism prevents people from becoming fat activists; encourage listeners to customise fat activism to fit; and show how you too can change the world though everyday actions. I will share lots of examples from my research.

11:00-11:30am

Saucye West

Saucye WestYou can’t sit with us!

In this talk  model and activist Saucye West will discuss the inter-segregation that is happening within the plus size community. We’ll look at what society is deeming acceptable as “plus size” and the how rest of us are being made into out-casts, including how words that were used to describe fat bodies a few years ago are being taken away from us and being used to describe smaller plus size women, and what we can do about it.

11:45-12:15pm

 

Jennifer Nicole Herman

Jennifer HermanBuilding Fat Patient Power While Accessing Healthcare

How might we displace medical fatphobia with fat pride and positivity?

This talk aims to demystify medical thinking and to identify where in healthcare interactions we might intervene as fat patient activists. Drawing on her insider knowledge of the healthcare system, her experiences as a fat patient, her brief training in a social change theater troupe, and her awareness of ableism and healthism, Jennifer will offer tools, strategies, and self-care practices to build our individual and collective fat patient power in healthcare and beyond.

12:15-1:15pm – Meal Break

1:15-1:45pm

Tiana Dodson

Tiana DodsonThe Inherent Activism of Choice – How Your Personal Choices Move Us All Forward

Have you discovered the Fat Activism and Size Positive movements but been afraid to participate because you don’t believe you have anything to contribute? Do you hesitate because you compare yourself to the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malala Yousafzai? The truth is, activism is not limited to marching in parades, picketing, or standing up in front of large crowds giving speeches. You can be an activist by doing one simple thing, directly helping yourself and the movement forward. In this talk I will cover how the small choices in your personal life can make a big impact not only on yourself but on the others around you. Come learn how to be an activist without leaving your seat.

2:00-2:30pm

Daniel Goldberg

Daniel GoldbergCan Teaching Be A Form of (Fat) Activism?

This presentation explores the question of whether teaching can ever be a form of activism and social movement.  My best answer is “sometimes” and “it depends.”  This is a deeply personal question: Although I take from a highly observant Jewish upbringing a resolute focus on social justice (often referred to in Ashkenazi culture as “tikkun olam,” or “light the world”), I have always been extremely uncomfortable with paradigm and obvious forms of activism (marching, picketing, protesting, etc.)  Yet silence within the insulation of one’s privilege is morally insufficient as a response to structural violence and oppression, and therefore action of some kind is obligatory.  The talk explores the reasons why many of modern history’s most famous activists were teachers of one kind or another, and concludes that some forms of teaching can in fact be activist in nature.  Applying this analysis to the paradigm of fat oppression and fat stigma, the talk concludes by suggesting that activist teaching can be used to help learners evaluate for themselves the presence of such oppression and the moral case for remedying it at the structural level.

2:45-3:15pm

Bevin Branlandingham

BevinBranlandinghambyJuliaCameronDamonDisinvesting from Body Currency and Building Activist Resilience

Ever wonder why so-called “trolls” are so invested in tearing down fat activists? The brilliant blogger and body activism thought leader Jes Baker from the Militant Baker posits that Trolls are reacting to the threat to their body currency. In this talk Bevin Branlandingham discusses Jes’ brilliant theory through the lens of intersectionality. Body currency is a way to describe the value placed on certain bodies over others. The intersections of our privileges and oppressions create an arbitrary value system that we can work to dismantle. But we can’t dismantle the systems that oppress us without taking great care of ourselves! We’ll talk through why we work to dismantle body currency, how activists can avoid burn out and develop resilience strategies.

3:15-4:15pm

Roz “The Diva” Mays

Roz the DivaGuilt & Shame at the Gym: 4 Ways to Push That Crap Aside

I know the story. You want to be about that fitness life, but you’re ashamed of something (everything) and are paralyzed by that shame. Time to tell your shame to die, and for you to get moving! I’ll be sharing my TOP 4 TIPS about overcoming your damn self and kicking gym ass.

 

4:30-5:00pm

Kimberly Dark

Kimberly Dark by Toni Le BusqueLanguage, Complexity, and Health

We already know that there is nothing neutral about being fat when dealing with medical professionals and public opinion. The language of the “obesity epidemic” and the BMI cause harm in subtle and overt ways.  As a storyteller and sociologist, I’m interested in complexity – how we can transform culture by broadening our understanding of what hurts, moving toward what serves and remembering our power to transform culture.

Part talk, party storytelling, this session will explore how bodies are influenced by language and classifications and how we can take steps to regain emotional equilibrium in a culture that hates fat bodies. Fat bodies are not the only stigmatized bodies – so many carry body-stigma for so many reasons. Think about gender, race, age, ability, and more. We have significant opportunities to act in solidarity to transform culture – if we choose to accept the mission we’ve been given, by virtue of the bodies we inhabit.

5:00-6:00pm – Meal Break

6:00-6:30pm

Jane Arlene Herman

Jane HermanEmbracing Our Fatter Futures

Most people are going to become fatter: this fact scares just about everyone I’ve ever met (myself included). Let’s talk about what scares us. How does fear of getting fatter affect our lives? Let’s discuss secret dieting, hiding (even from ourselves) eating disorders caused by years of dieting in the past, and fears of eating “too much” or “binge eating.” What happens when we fear deep down that we are ugly or bad? What do we do when we feel sad, angry, self-hating, or hungry? Or when we feel guilty about not feeling “good enough” about ourselves and our big fat bodies?

During the 1970s, I was a member of the Los Angeles Radical Feminist Therapy Collective. This group was the birthing place of the Fat Underground, one of the earliest fat activist groups. The Radical Feminist Therapy Collective helped inspire fat liberation as we worked together in “problem-solving groups,” using the feminist insight that “the personal is political.” We taught ourselves, and other political activists, how to identify the ways in which political oppression gets hidden or “mystified”; mystification keeps us feeling fearful and powerless and steals our compassion for ourselves and each other. In the Radical Feminist Therapy Collective, we learned to better trust our own voices and desires. Our own truths are good enough, we taught. During the most difficult moments of problem-solving, we asked, “What are you not saying? What are you not eating? What are you afraid to say?” Thus would begin a conversation that might change a life.

In this talk, I will share skills and techniques that we developed in the Radical Feminist Therapy Collective. These include understanding re-feeding and eating—just plain eating, any foods that we may desire. We will discover that talking about how we really feel—and speaking that which we think we must not say— gives us (everyone, not just fat folks) what we need to better nourish our bodies, our spirits, and our very precious lives.

Will we become fatter in the future? Most likely, yes. But we can be less afraid as we do so. And—like it or not, world—we are good enough.

6:45-7:15pm

Jessica Wilson and Irene McCalphin 

Jessica and IreneDe-weaponizing and Decolonizing Desire

Desire is often the shiny gold wrapping around the box of crap that is oppression. In this conversation Irene and Jessica will provide context for the different ways that desire can be wielded as a weapon, and is often used to conceal blatant racism, homophobia, fatphobia, ableism, etc. As Irene and Jessica dismantle the gold wrapping within the context of their lived experiences they will focus on media, marketing, social currency, and how our daily interpersonal relationships are impacted and shaped by the weaponization of desire. In order to move beyond this box it is essential to recognize this box for what it is. Irene and Jessica will highlight healing processes that have helped them and others as they recognized that nothing was wrong with their bodies, but everything was wrong with the way their bodies were appraised by society. Together we will learn how to lend our voices, our bodies, our ideas and our labor to the work of de-weaponizing and decolonizing desire. This is your invitation to join us in real world actions of liberation in both the present and future.

7:30-8:00pm

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette Miller PhotoIf You’re Waiting for an Invitation to Your Life, This is It!

The thing is, we’ve got this one life to do all the things we are meant to do; to be fabulous, outspoken, or quietly influential, regardless of the size of our bodies. Want to go sleeveless? Do it. Want to go to yoga class, pole dance, run/walk a 5/10K, or sky dive? Do it. Want something out of life no one would ever expect from you? Ok then, do it!

After years of enjoying life, work and community in all the ways that fed my soul, I resigned my job, packed up everything I owned into storage and set off for an unknown adventure that would take me places physically and emotionally, I never dreamed of. Without regard for how this journey would impact or be impacted by my super-fat body, I took this big wild step out of my comfort zone into the complete unknown. It’s a journey I’m still on and it’s a course set for pursuing my most important dreams. I’ll be sharing the story of this journey, the challenges and things I’ve learned about myself, my body, and the world around me in hopes of encouraging others to take a chance; risk a little or a lot; and not be held back by the bodies we live in. We’ve got this one life, this one body, right here right now and we are capable of doing so many amazing things when we take the chance.

8:15-8:45pm

Yolanda Williams

Yolanda Williams“You Look Skinny” is Not a Compliment

“Inside every overweight woman is a woman she knows she can be.” Oprah Winfrey said these words to millions of men and women in a national commercial for Weight Watchers during what is commonly called “diet season” in January.  Those eleven words, filled with shame, guilt, and body-hatred, are a lie.  A lie that makes the diet industry a $64 million dollar industry.  A lie that keeps a woman as accomplished as Oprah Winfrey feeling she is not all she could be because of her weight.  This lie that we are not good enough as we are, compels us to starve ourselves, workout like maniacs, then slide down a shame spiral as we inevitably fail said diet, gain more weight, and hate ourselves even more.  It’s all driven by the idea that fat is bad and skinny is good.  In this society, being skinny means you’re more attractive, happier, and healthier.  Being skinny will solve all life’s problems and you’ll finally be able to do the things your fat body wouldn’t allow.  Well, I’m rejecting this dangerous mantra and so are many other people around the globe.  There’s a revolution on the rise, one that champions being healthy over being skinny and focuses on body acceptance and self-love no matter our size.  One that shows you’re able to live your life to the fullest, be happy, and healthy at the size you are now.  This movement is challenging the perceptions about plus size bodies, our capabilities, and our mindset around weight loss.  Join Yolanda in this discussion about mindset, body-positivity, and living healthy without attaching weight loss goals to the outcome.

 

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4 Responses to Schedule

  1. Yay for having male and trans panelists! My ten year old son often asks where he fits in the whole body love movement, and has been repeatedly disappointed when he reads body-positive messages (mostly on my newsfeed) and sees them geared toward empowering girls and women, with no mention of boys and men. From a ten year old’s perspective, without a lot of context, this has been really difficult for him; we’ve had several tearful conversations about it. We need to stand up for boys and men, too. Thank you!

    • fluffyunicorn77 says:

      I can’t wait to register! That’s awesome that your son is already interested in the body positive movement, I didn’t find out about it until a few years ago when Linda Bacon’s HAES journal article was published in a science journal I happened to be reading! 🙂 http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/9 I have come a long way since then, learning about HAES and then size acceptance. 🙂
      Has your son seen “Dancing Man”/Sean O’Brien and his new Dance Free Movement yet? 😀

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