The body acceptance movement wants people to love themselves.
The fat acceptance movement wants others to love them."
Difference between body and fat acceptance (via nothealthyateverysize)
Good try but no. Fat politics rejects the gaze that is put on our bodies and the demand we conform to a social structure that privileges / idealizes thinness. Fat acceptance has nothing to do with other people accepting us but us accepting ourselves, though I would argue that i’m not really interested in demanding anyone to have a specific feeling about their own body.
Posts like this one are why I don’t use the term acceptance because people who are invested in fat hatred and idealizing thinness are too easily able to divert the true meaning behind “fat acceptance” to trivialize the movement. This is why I use the phrase fat politics. Not only because fat is inherently political but because as I stated above I’m not interested in working within a system that seeks to harm me or other fat people.
Fat politics is about the systemic and institutional discrimination fat people experience. Period. I don’t give a fuck if people love me or other fat people. I care that fat people have access to the same opportunities as thin people whether they are economic, social or institutional.
This is also why I am super critical of body acceptance in general. Too many people who are involved within body acceptance are fat hating. If you are promoting “acceptance” that means all people have the right to accept themselves, not the few people who you believe are allowed to.
People keep sending me messages about how the lack of acceptance of fat politics is because we don’t matter. That the work I do doesn’t help anyone and the words I write do nothing.
Yet, I’m getting anonymous messages from someone who is so scared of the things I say and the words I write that they have to send me hateful messages.
Because you should. Netroots Nation is holding a scholarship contest to pay for registration for the conference in Detroit this summer. Being able to go to conferences and network with other activists is incredibly important to talking about fat politics outside of fat community. Sadly, since my work isn’t paid and I do all of this on a volunteer basis I’m unable to afford the $350 registration fee.
You can help get me there by voting for me. <-Click the link and vote.
If you are outside of the US use the zipcode 48202 or google to find another one!
If you won’t do it for me do it for my mom’s puppy Snickers.